Barcelona star, Lionel Messi has revealed that he does not have a relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, and only really speaks to his Real Madrid rival at awards ceremonies.
Ronaldo has previously claimed that himself and Messi put their on-field rivalry behind them when they finish playing and become friends, but the Barcelona forward is not confident that their future is bright beyond football.
“I don’t know if we will be [friends],” Messi told Marca. “Friendship is built through spending time together and getting to know each other.
“We have no relationship, mainly because we only see each other at awards ceremonies and that’s the only time we speak. Everything is fine, but our lives don’t cross over very often.”
After helping Madrid win the Champions League with two goals in the final against Juventus, Ronaldo is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or again this year. It will be the Portugal international’s fifth award, equalling Messi’s record tally.
The duo have finished first and second each year since 2008, but Messi believes that their dominance will be broken in the near future as other players challenge them for the crown of the best player in the world.