Lionel Messi, yesterday, granted an interview to Argentina’s radio station, 94.7 where he addressed a lot of issues surrounding him and the Argentine national team.
• Lionel Messi: “I miss Cristiano Ronaldo in Spain”
In the interview with Radio Club Octubre, the Barcelona star admitted that he suffered a lot from the last World Cup in Russia where Argentina managed to escape a group that had Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria but eventually got eliminated by France in the round of 16.
“After the World Cup I didn’t want to talk. I wanted to be locked up and suffer by myself, with my family, to get away from it all. Get away from the national team and look at things in the cold light of day. We’ve been mistreated for a decade despite our achievements.”
During the course of the interview, the Five times Balon D’or winner admitted to missing his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo in the Spanish Laliga.
“I miss Cristiano in Spain. It was lovely having him here, even though it annoyed me seeing him win so many titles. It would be great if he was still here.”
Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid during the summer transfer for Juventus after winning three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles with the Spanish giants.
Messi admitted that the Portuguese captain brought a lot of respect and admiration to the Spanish league. However, Messi said it was difficult watching Cristiano win titles and individual awards with Real Madrid.
To further buttress his respect for Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi excluded the 33 year old from his list of football best players– saying he considers Cristiano and himself to be on a higher pedestal.
“I don’t want to forget anyone, but I think that Neymar, Mbappe, Hazard, Luis Suarez and Aguero are the best,”
“I didn’t mention Cristiano because I put him aside from the list with me.”
Cristiano scored a hattrick for Juventus to help the Turin outfit overcome Atletico Madrid in UCL. The quarter final and Semi Final draws showed that Juventus and Barcelona can’t meet until the final, and Messi hopes he gets to play against Cristiano in the final.