- Cristiano Ronaldo has made it clear that he is not missing Messi and wants him to come to the Italian Serie A
- Before the Portuguese left Real Madrid, he battled for supremacy in Spain for nine years with the Argentine superstar
- Messi has never played for any other club since he began his career, and Ronaldo has challenged him
Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo has explained that he will love the rivalry between him and Barcelona star Lionel Messi to continue in the Italian Serie A.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were rivals for nine years in the Spanish La Liga before the former Manchester United star left for a mega move to Juventus.
And while explaining that he is not missing Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo stressed that he wants the Argentine to join him in Italy.
When asked if he is missing Lionel Messi, Ronaldo said: “No, maybe he misses me!
“I played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, in the national team, while he is still in Spain. Maybe he needs me more.
“For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy.
“I would like him to come to Italy one day. Like me, accept the challenge.
“However, if he is happy there, I respect him.
“He is a fantastic player, a good guy but I do not miss anything here. This is my new life and I'm happy,'' the 33-year-old told Gazzetta dello Sport.
Ronaldo and Messi have been impressive this season for their clubs who are currently topping the Italian Serie A and Spanish La Liga standings respectively.
Since the year 2008, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have won the Ballon D'Or award five times each, but Real Madrid star Luka Modric ended their reigns this year by winning the award in Paris.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo has told Juventus' chiefs to give him three more bodyguards for himself and his family in Italy.
One of these three men will be monitoring his house in the Gran Madre Park, while the other two guards will be looking after him and his family.