- Crisitano Ronaldo says he and Messi deserve to be playing on the same team
- The Portugal captain admits his rival is a great player who should be his teammate
- Ronaldo recently won his fourth Ballon d'Or title with Messi ahead with five titles
Cristiano Ronaldo says he would love the chance to play alongside 'great player' Lionel Messi so he could win more Ballon d'Or awards.
Ronaldo who recently won his fourth Ballon d'Or award told France Football that great players like himself and Messi should play together.
Barcelona forward Messi, 29, came second to Ronaldo, 31, in the 2016 Ballon d'Or race.
Asked if he would have claimed the award more times had they played on the same side, Ronaldo said: "It's a difficult question. I don't know.
"It would be interesting to see both of us in the same team. I think great players should play together. So if we were in the same team, I think I would have more than him, but he wouldn't be far off.
"Everyone knows Messi is a great player. He's won five Ballons d'Or."
He said he was hopeful he would draw level with the Argentine star's tally in 2017, saying: "I'm going to try. I'll be in the fight, as always, but my objective now is to win the Club World Cup, an important trophy.
"After that, to win La Liga. It's a title that Real wants to win. And if possible, the Champions League again and the Copa del Rey. I always want to win everything."
Ronaldo won the Champions League with Real Madrid as well as Euro 2016 with Portugal last season.