The Barcelona and Argentine star Lionel Messi has spoken about his rivalry with Portuguese International Cristiano Ronaldo.
Speaking in an interview with Yahoo! Messi said he doesn’t see himself as being in competition with Real Madrid star despite heavy comparisons that has clouded the duo career.
Speaking on his knee injury which continues to keep him out of action until the middle of next month, Messi said: “I will return when I’m feeling better and the doctors tell me that I can.
“As much as I would like to play tomorrow, the doctors wouldn’t let me. When they tell me that I have recovered completely will be the time that I will make my return onto the pitch.
As for life away from Barca, Messi refused to accept that his relationship with Argentina will always be one of love-hate.
With Barcelona due to visit Ronaldo’s Madrid on November 21, Barcelona will be hoping to to have him back for that trip to the Spanish capital.
However, a match-fixing scandal has engulfed the upcoming El Clasico game after an assistant referee scheduled to officiate said he was contacted by the match referee and asked to favour Madrid in the match.
Both Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the game for the best part of the last decade, with the last seven Ballon d’Ors won by one of the two.
However, the Barcelona star tipped to win it back from Ronaldo, who has won it for the last two years.