Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has explained that Real Madrid and Portuguese international star Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player that must be respected considering all what the former Manchester United player has achieved in football.
The 29-year-old Argentine international also stated that his former coach at Barcelona Pep Guardiola will succeed in his new role as the manager of Premier League club Manchester City.
Messi also committed his future to Barcelona claiming that he would continue to play for the club as long as they want her service.
''There is a mutual respect and I view Ronaldo as a great player who has achieved great things because that is exactly what he is. My motivation, though, has always come from wanting to do well for Barcelona and Argentina, and the fans.
''I have always said that Barcelona has given me everything and I am here for as long as they want me to be.
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''It is a very competitive League [in England], last season showed that, so it makes it very difficult to predict. Of course Pep is a very successful coach, he will be adjusting to the League, but I am sure that he will be successful,'' Messi said
Messi also stressed that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was the best English player he has ever faced.
''Over the years we have faced many British teams in Europe and come up against many good players, but I have always had a big respect for Wayne Rooney. He has played at the highest level for many years and is one of the special players of the generation,'' .