- Lionel Messi has been mentioned by Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player he has ever faced in his career
- The Portugal international and the Argentine were rivals in the Spanish League before he left for Juve and now return to Man United
- Cristiano Ronaldo and his family have landed in the United Kingdom and he is expected to face Newcastle this weekend
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Cristiano Ronaldo has named new Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi as the greatest player he has faced on the pitch in his illustrious football career so far.
The Portugal international made this known while speaking with TV pundit Piers Morgan as the Manchester United star also named himself as the greatest footballer on earth.
Before leaving the Spanish La Liga, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were big rivals as fans all over the world would want to see these two players in the El Classico.
Between these two great footballers, 11 Ballon d'Or awards have been won with Lionel Messi having six in his cabinets.
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According to the report on Mirror, Piers Morgan explained that Cristiano Ronaldo told him that he respects Lionel Messi because of his ability on the football pitch.
Piers Morgan's reaction about Ronaldo
''Who's the greatest footballer you've ever played against?' I asked Cristiano Ronaldo.
"It was 1am on the candlelit terrace of his favourite restaurant in Turin, Italy, where he was still playing for Juventus before his recent sensational decision to rejoin Manchester United.
"It was time for the big question. 'Messi,' he replied, immediately and emphatically.
''Really?' I said, surprised that he would name his biggest rival. ''For sure. He is the best I've played against.''
Cristiano Ronaldo bans mother from watching big games
Earlier, YEN.com.gh had reported how Dolores who is the precious mother of Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned from watching big games by his star son who gave heath condition as the rationale for his decision.
Football fans in England and many parts of the world are currently waiting for Cristiano Ronaldo's debut for Manchester United in the Premier League having rejoined the Red Devils from Juventus.
Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United was not what football fans and pundit expected initially as the Portuguese was linked with rivals Manchester City.
But after being called by former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and international teammate Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed move to the Etihad stadium and agreed to land at Old Trafford.
Manchester United will be facing Newcastle United in their next encounter in which Ronaldo is expected to make his debut for the Red Devils at Old Trafford.