The summer of 2018 saw Real Madrid lose the most successful player in club’s history in Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese opted to join Juventus after serving Real Madrid for 9 glorious years winning 2 La Liga titles, 4 UEFA Champions League titles, 4 Ballon d’Ors and 3 Golden Boots in his illustrious Real Madrid career.
Ronaldo’s departure has been a talking point whole summer as Real Madrid’s weak performances have shown that they have been clearly missing the talismanic Portuguese on the field.
Leo Messi talked about the state of Real Madrid without Cristiano as they have suffered heavily in La Liga this season.
Messi who recently won his 5th Golden Boot has now completed 5 Ballon d’Ors and 5 Golden Boots in his career. Messi was asked if he would like to complete the triplet with a 5th Champions League too and he answered:
“It would be good. I would like to win the Champions League again. It is really special tournament and I said it at the beginning of the season too.”
Messi finished 5th this year in the Ballon d’Or rankings and the Argentine admitted that he wasn’t expecting to win the award.
“When I saw the nominees, I knew that I wasn’t going to win it. Therefore I did not care if I finished 3rd or 4th. I wasn’t surprised.”
Messi also talked about Real Madrid’s poor start to the season in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I said at the start of the season that Real Madrid are a great club and they have many great players but any team would miss Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo scores a lot of goals and he has many other attributes. So it does not surprise me (to see Real Madrid’s dip in form).”
Leo Messi also commented about his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo with the 9 years they spent together in Spain.
“The time when he was here in Spain and we both were trying to win with our teams was very nice. It was a very healthy rivalry in which we both wanted to improve ourselves. It was nice for the spectators.”