Not surprised Real Madrid are missing Cristiano Ronaldo so much: Lionel Messi

first_imgBarcelona and Argentina great Lionel Messi has said it’s natural that any football club will be affected if it loses a player like Cristiano Ronaldo while maintaining that he isn’t surprised Real Madrid have felt his absence in the ongoing La Liga season.Messi’s comments come at a time when Real Madrid, who finished third last season, are reeling at the fourth spot with 29 points, eight behind Barcelona despite having a game in hand over the league leaders.Äfter spending nearly a decade with the La Liga giants, Ronaldo signed for Juventus ahead of the ongoing season. While the Portuguese superstar has found success in Turin, Real are certainly feeling the absence of their record goal scorer in the ongoing season.While leaders Barcelona have topped the scoring charts with 48 goals, Real have only managed 24 as the league nears the halfway mark of the season.”At the beginning of the season I said they are a great club, one of the best in the world and with a lot of great players, but anyone would miss Cristiano. He scores a lot of goals and gives you many other things so it doesn’t surprise me,” Messi told Marca.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.”I was surprised by his decision, I did not think he would go from Madrid nor that he would go to Juventus. There were so many teams and I heard less about Juve but it is a very good team,” Messi had said.advertisementRivalry with Ronaldo was beautiful: MessiMessi also insisted that his rivalry with Ronaldo during the latter’s time in La Liga “healthy” and “beautiful” to the spectators.Ronaldo’s move from Manchester United to Real in 2009 gave rise to one of the most-talked-about rivalries in modern football as the former Red Devils star and Messi as they became the major attractions in La Liga.While Ronaldo won two league title and four Champions League crowns during his time with Real, Messi led Barcelona to six league titles and helped the Catalan club clinch European glory four times. The two established a Ballon d’Or duopoly between 2008 and 2017, winning the coveted award five times each.”The rivalry with Cristiano was very healthy and very beautiful for the spectators.”Also Read | India 23-man squad for 2019 AFC Asian Cup announcedAlso Read | Mentally lacking confidence in defence: Guardiola after 2nd straight Manchester City losslast_img

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