Cristiano Ronaldo has explained his relationship with Lionel Messi – but insists that the pair are not friends.
Ronaldo credits Messi for helping to push him further in his own career, as the two continue even to this day to push boundaries and break records in the game.
The 34-year-old claims that while the pair have a great respect for one another and their achievements, they do not actually have anything more than an amicable relationship.
“Many people are surprised when I speak with him at UEFA events,” Ronaldo said during his interview with Piers Morgan.
“But my relationship with him is we are not friends, but we share the stage for 15 years.
“I have a good relationship with him and I know it pushed me to be a better player and I am push him to be a better player.”
Asked if Messi is the best player he has ever come up against, he added: “Yes! For sure.”
However, there is one record that Ronaldo would absolutely love to beat Messi on by the time they both retire.
Asked which record he wants to hold, he quickly responded: “Golden Balls (Ballon d’Or).
“I would love it and I think I deserve it.
“Messi is a fantastic guy, fantastic player. But I think to have six, seven or eight. I am more above him.”
When asked what he wants his legacy in football to be, Ronaldo claims he wants to be “one of the best players in history”.
But when quizzed one why he didn’t say the absolute best ever, he responded: “I don’t know, some people like this player, some like that player.
“One of the best in history. For me, I am number one. For some fans, I am not.”