- Lionel Messi has applauded Ronaldo's performances
- Ronaldo was superb for Real Madrid last season
- He helped his club to win the Spanish League and the UCL
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has hailed the superb quality of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo following his impressive performances helping his club to win the UEFA Champions League title.
The Barcelona icon and Ronaldo are often competing for the top team and individual honors in the round leather game with the Madrid forward hot favorite to win his fifth Ballon d'Or in 2017.
Messi however perceived rivalry between the pair is hyped up by the media and was happy to talk up Ronaldo's ability.
"That thing about our rivalry is something more invented by the press than by us.
"What we want is to do our best every year, to do the best for our teams and what is spoken from outside is not something I give importance to.
"He is a phenomenal player who has many qualities year after year as he improves and that is why he is one of the best in the world." Messi explained.
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