‘I played for several clubs and won the Champions League’: Cristiano Ronaldo explains the ‘difference’ between him and Lionel Messi – having won one more European Cup than his rival
- Cristiano Ronaldo has pointed out the ‘difference’ between him and Lionel Messi
- He says winning the Champions League with different clubs makes him superior
- Ronaldo was the competition’s top scorer for six years in a row from 2012-2018
- The Portugal international has won the trophy five times, once more than Messi
- The 33-year-old remains determined to ‘earn a place in the history of football’
Cristiano Ronaldo says winning the Champions League with multiple clubs is the ‘difference’ between him and fellow five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.
The 33-year-old features in latest DAZN documentary ‘The Making Of’, in which he discusses his ongoing battle with Messi to be considered the best player in the world.
The Juventus forward has won the Champions League five times, first lifting the trophy with Manchester United in 2008 and going on to win the tournament four times with Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after winning the Champions League for a fifth time in 2018
Ronaldo celebrates scoring Real Madrid’s third goal in the 2017 final win over Juventus
MESSI VS RONALDO IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Games: Ronaldo (162) – Messi (135)
Goals: Ronaldo (126) – Messi (112)
Assists: Ronaldo (45) – Messi (31)
Trophies: Ronaldo (5) – Messi (4)
Ballon d’Ors: Ronaldo (5) – Messi (5)
The Portugal international even won the European Cup three times in a row between 2016 and 2018, whereas Messi has earned four winners’ medals as a Barcelona player.
‘The difference with Messi is that I played for several clubs and won the Champions League with different clubs,’ said Ronaldo.
‘I was top scorer in the Champions League six seasons in a row. There aren’t many players who won five Champions League trophies, so this is why I feel that I can identity myself with this tournament.
Ronaldo celebrates in Moscow after his maiden Champions League triumph in 2008
The forward scores a sublime overhead kick against Juventus in the 2018 quarter-finals
‘Messi is an excellent player who will be remembered not just for his Ballon d’Or wins, but also for having improved – like me – year after year.
‘I wake up every morning with the idea in my head of training with the objective of achieving something more, not just to earn money.
‘Thank God, I don’t lack money, so what I want to earn is a place in the history of football.’
Messi (left) lifts the European Cup for the second time in 2009 after beating United in the final
Messi celebrates his extraordinary solo goal in the 2011 semi-final clash with Real Madrid