Cristiano Ronaldo pulled level with Lionel Messi on five FIFA awards apiece and accepts there is more to from both and believes his rivalry with Lionel Messi has a lot of distance left to pursue scooping the Best FIFA Men’s Player award at the London Palladium last night.
Ronaldo was honored at the function after a survey of international team managers, captains and individuals from the media saw him beat off competition from Barcelona counterpart Messi, and PSG forward Neymar.
Counting the years when FIFA’s individual award was converged with the Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo and Messi have now been marked the best player on the planet by football’s overseeing body five times each.
The Portugal skipper has ended up as the winner in four of the previous five years, with Messi in second place on each occassion.
However, Messi has been in a rich vein of shape for club and country over recent months, pushing the Catalan giants to the highest point of LaLiga with 11 goals in nine matches and securing Argentina’s place at the 2018 World Cup with a stunning and wonderful hattrick against Ecuador.
As the record-breaking leading scorers for their particular clubs and nations and the two leading in both LaLiga and Champions League history, discuss over who is superior, as Messi and Ronaldo will entertain football fans for quite a while.
Addressing journalists at London Palladium, Ronaldo at first tried to play down the competition between him and his arch-rival before obviously setting out a long haul test to the 30-year-old Messi, whom he swapped greetings with as they sat close by each other amid the FIFA function.
“I don’t compete with Leo,” he said. “He is a player, who is in the same era. He won five times. I won five times too – individual awards for the best in the world. So things are as they are.
“Obviously, I am happy because, as I said before, I am at the best club in the world. I have had the opportunity to demonstrate that I am at a very high level during the last few years. And I am still [physically] very well.
“So I am very quiet. I will see what’s going to happen tomorrow, but at the moment I have to enjoy this nice moment of my life because you never know what will happen next.”
But, asked whether Ronaldo versus Messi was over, the 32-year-old added: “It didn’t finish yet… it is just starting.”