Ronaldo: I don’t call Messi names
The Real Madrid star has been accused of using
several nasty nicknames for the Barcelona man in
a new book, but has moved quickly to rubbish the
Cristiano Ronaldo has firmly denied calling
Barcelona Lionel Messi several offensive
names inside the Real Madrid dressing room.
In a new book by Spanish football expert Guillem
Balague, it is claimed Ronaldo has a cold and
distant relationship with Messi and often refers to
him in the most unflattering language.
However, after learning of the news on Tuesday,
the Madrid star moved to quickly reject the story
out of hand and insists he would never treat a
fellow professional with such disrespect.
Writing on his official Facebook page, he said:
“News is circulating that I allegedly made
offending remarks regarding Lionel Messi.
“This is absolutely false and I have assured my
lawyer takes action to sue those responsible. I
have the utmost respect for all my professional
colleagues, and Messi is obviously no exception.”
The book also suggests that the 29-year-old’s
Madrid team-mates jokingly compare Messi to a
dog or puppet kept in one of Ronaldo’s designer
The two players have emerged as the outstanding
footballers of their generation in recent years and
have won the Ballon d’Or – given to the world’s
best player over the previous 12 months – six
times between them.
However, despite the respectful manner in which
the pair often greet and talk about one another in
public, rumours have persisted that they are far
from friends, as a result of their personal and
Last month it was the Portugal star who came out
on top as Madrid defeated Barcelona 3-1 at the
Santiago Bernabeu in the first Clasico of the
But Messi then struck back by beating his rival to
Raul’s record of 71 Champions League goals after
scoring twice in the 2-0 victory over Ajax.
Ronaldo is widely expected to retain his crown as
the world’s best player and win a third Ballon d’Or
in January, moving him to within one of the
Argentine’s tally of four.
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