FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has explained why he misses Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid and opened about his relationship with the fellow five-time Ballon d'Or winner.
Ronaldo, 34, left Real at the end of the 2017/18 season after nearly a decade of competiting with the Blaugrana captain in the Spanish top-flight.
His move to the Serie A brought a debut league title and the Player of the Season honour in Italy with Juventus, however, he failed to reach the prolific scoring rates he acheived in his time with Los Blancos.
And in a interview with Fox Sports Argentina, Messi opened up about the effects of Ronaldo's absence.
"Of course I miss Ronaldo, he made Real Madrid stronger," the 31-year-old explained. "I said that they were going to feel the exit of Cristiano, as it would have happened to any team."
"A few people got angry but it’s a reality, he scored 50 goals per season for them and it was a key factor in their success. The whole league misses him now."
On his relationship with the Juventus star, he added: "It was good for us both, we always wanted to improve ourselves.
"We did not have much of a relationship. We knew each other only from matches and at award ceremonies, but we always had good vibes and often talk too."