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Ronaldo Hopes To Have Dinner With Messi Someday In The Future

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

There appears to still be huge respect between the two football greats despite their long-time rivalry with both men now admitting to missing each other.

Cristiano Ronaldo praised Barcelona star, Lionel Messi during the Champions League group stage draw.

Both men have shared football's stage for 15 years, competing against each other for individual accolades and team honors.

The duo have been the game's standout performers for over a decade, splitting the Ballon d’Or five apiece for 10 years, between 2008 and 2017.

Ronaldo Hopes To Have Dinner With Messi Someday In The Future

Ronaldo left Real Madrid last season for Juventus, ending his nine-year stay in the Spanish capital, with Messi later admitting to missing the Portuguese forward during the season.

And now Ronaldo has said he hopes to have dinner with Argentine someday in the future after saluting their “good relationship” despite their longstanding rivalry.

“We shared the stage for 15 years, me and him. I don’t know that it’s ever happened in football, the same two guys, the same stage, all the time. It’s not easy," Ronaldo said at the Champions League draw.

“We have a good relationship. We’ve not had dinner together yet, but I hope [we will] in the future.

“Of course I miss playing in Spain – we’ve had that battle the last 15 years, which is good. He pushed me and I pushed him as well.

“It’s good to be part of the history of football. I’m there and of course, he’s there as well.”

Both men sat alongside Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk who won the UEFA Player of the Year Award ahead of them, it was there where Messi matched Ronaldo’s praise, saluting his long-running battle with the Juve star.

"With Cristiano, it was a beautiful rivalry," the 32-year-old said.

"It's nice to score goals. The goal is always to try to do things to win, before scoring. But if you can win and score, then [it's] better.