Ronaldo sidesteps Messi rivalry
Posted: 18 July 2018 Time: 20:00
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up about his 'rivalry' with Lionel Messi and addressed his international future following the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The 33-year-old is locked on five Ballons d'Or apiece with Barcelona superstar Messi, with their tussles on either side of El Clasico's divide having defined a footballing generation.
However, upon being questioned about the new competition in the Italian top-flight compared to Messi, he downplayed the media narrative.
"I don't see players as rivals. That's not how I live," he said at the official press conference at his unveiling. "Of course, we want to win.
"Everyone speaks about my rivalry with Messi but of course we are going to play for our own matches. Everybody is fighting for their own club and I will be doing the same.
"At the end of the story, we will see who is the best."
On his international future, he quashed suggestions of retirement in order to prolong his club career with his new employers.
"I am going to work for my country and with my country," Ronaldo said.
"I have never turned my back on them. If I can play with them again, of course, I will."