Lionel Messi on the return of Neymar and the challenge of Cristiano

28 December, 2018, 14:59 | Author: Amy Huff
  • Messi I love football but family is above everything

"We would love him to come back for what he means, both as a player and for the locker room".

Ronaldo wanted a new challenge, and he laid out the gauntlet to his Argentine counterpart.

"I heard the nominees for the Ballon d'Or and I knew I would not be in the fight, ".

Barca captain Messi lauded the World Cup winner's potential and insisted the club are committed to nurturing his development.

Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri made a decision to rest Ronaldo as the former Real Madrid man did not start a league game for the first time since moving to Italy, but the 33-year-old was needed to level in the 78th minute after Duvan Zapata's double had put the hosts in front following Berat Djimsiti's own goal.

"I'm at the best team in the world".

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Juventus winger Ronaldo recently pondered the idea that Messi may be pining for his fellow five-time Ballon d'Or victor, who left La Liga's Real Madrid for the Turin club in the summer for €100 million, and teased him about the idea to "accept the challenge" of joining him in Serie A. The game will mark the first time Ronaldo has not begun a Serie A game since he joined Juventus in the summer. My challenges renew year on year. I don't need any change. I don't need any change.

This is not the first time Messi has opened up about Ronaldo's departure from Madrid as the Barcelona superstar had said he was surprised by his arch-rivals' move to Turin.

Not to mention the Ballon d'Or.

And, while Messi said he believes a reunion for the pair in Spain is unlikely, he would be delighted should it happen.

"The rivalry with Cristiano was very healthy and very lovely for the spectators", he said about the competition with the Portuguese.

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