- Cristiano Ronaldo has reiterated his claims that he is not friends with Lionel Messi
- The Real Madrid forward however says he loves watching his greatest rival play the game
- The 32-year-old was speaking ahead of the Champions League final on Saturday, June 3
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo says he loves enjoying his greatest rival Lionel Messi play.
The Barcelona and Real Madrid forwards have won the Ballon d'Or the past nine years, and are regarded as the two greatest players of this generation.
The Portuguese forward told Fox Sports Argentina that Messi was one of few players he enjoyed watching on the pitch.
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"I like to see all good players and Messi is one of them. He is a player," Ronaldo said ahead of the Champions League final on Saturday.
"I really enjoy seeing him on the pitch and all the great players."
Ronaldo has scored 40 goals in all competitions in campaign to help Madrid reclaim the La Liga title and get to the Champions Leagie final.
The 32-year-old said he had a decent relationship with Messi, although he disliked the constant comparisons.
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"Whenever I'm with him, I have a very good relationship with Messi," Ronaldo said.
"It's not that I go to his house and eat together. He is not a friend, but I consider him a companion by profession and not a rival because I don't like it, like comparisons.
"It is part of the work and the world of football."
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