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Starting with the premise "Cristiano Ronaldo's Messi-related inferiority complex" the tweets from @CrewsMat19 show a long history of the Portuguese superstar, who turned 36 earlier this month, commenting on the player he's forever compared to.
"I'm the best player in the world, the second best player in the world and the third best player in the world," Ronaldo reportedly said in 2008 - the year he won his first Ballon d'Or. "There are some more good players in the level behind me like Kaka, [Fernando] Torres and maybe Messi a bit, but I did all it takes to be the best."
Cristiano Ronaldo's Messi-related inferiority complex. A THREAD with some of his quotes through the years pic.twitter.com/TGxo9DTFgp- MC (@CrewsMat19) January 29, 2021
February 2011: "I'm not going to answer the question, everyone already knows that I'm better than Messi". pic.twitter.com/oZBLsthKVZ- MC (@CrewsMat19) January 29, 2021
November 2008: "I'm the best player in the world, the second best player in the world and the third best player in the world. There are some more good players in the level behind me like Kaká, Torres and maybe Messi a bit, but I did all it takes to be the best". pic.twitter.com/SeugNTTWOn- MC (@CrewsMat19) January 29, 2021
Other quotes attributed to Ronaldo include: "I'm not going to answer the question, everyone already knows that I'm better than Messi." And from 2012: "I should've won the last three Ballon d'Ors, but it doesn't depend on me."
There's also a quote, attributed to Ronaldo's former teammates Ryan Giggs, stating: "Ronaldo is obsessed with being [better than] Messi, there are no two ways about it."
November 2011: "I wouldn't swap this Golden Boot with Messi's award (Ballon D'or) because this one doesn't depend on other people's votes". pic.twitter.com/5seA9Znl76- MC (@CrewsMat19) January 29, 2021
May 2012: "I'm better than Messi. You can't just compare a Ferrari and a Porsche". pic.twitter.com/H60i7mRdSQ- MC (@CrewsMat19) January 29, 2021
August 2017: Ronaldo mocks Messi's famous celebration in the prior Clasico, which Messi won with a winning goal in the Bernabeu, while copying it in the first leg of the summer Supercopa game. pic.twitter.com/XaeXGaE3R0- MC (@CrewsMat19) January 29, 2021
As his former teammate Ryan Giggs stated in 2018: "Ronaldo is obsessed with being Messi, there are no two ways about it"- MC (@CrewsMat19) January 29, 2021
'I did it in England, I did it in Spain, I'm going to do it in Italy. I did it with Portugal.' He thinks that will be his argument 'Am I better than Messi'?" pic.twitter.com/A15p76LdA9
Naturally the thread got a huge reaction on Twitter with people either actually praising Ronaldo for his competitive mentality or accusing the Juventus ace of fuelling the rivalry.
The truth is probably somewhere in between. Ronaldo is, even his admirers would admit, obsessed with being the very best - and Messi has been the played who's often stood in the way of that recognition.
Also when Ronaldo played for Real Madrid for nine seasons, the ferocity of the club's rivalry with Barcelona naturally made the comparisons between the two modern greats even more intense.
However there has definitely been a warming of the relationship in recent years, particularly since Ronaldo joined Juve in 2018. The mutual respect has increased and Ronaldo even invited Messi for a dinner together in 2019.
In as much as I'm a Messi fan and I know most of these quotes were true, I personally feel Ronaldo has outgrown all these over the years and has performed to the level that speaks for himself.- JIBBS :spades: (@jibbs______) January 29, 2021
So I'd rather talk about him as a great man and footballer he has turned out to be https://t.co/rSWsY1ZsD7
After reading this thread it's honestly so clear why this is a rivalry. It's forced by Ronaldo himself. He kept talking about Messi and made it a rivalry. https://t.co/quVPUbS7HD- . (@ThatsKindaSusG) January 29, 2021
Ronaldo's confidence is unmatched, along with his great mentality :goat::flag_pt: https://t.co/7ax99z8igL- GOATNALDO (@DamonTime) January 29, 2021
Damn! Messi drove Ronaldo crazy for real- F Ì Ķ Ã Ý Ø ☣ (@Fikayofmars) January 30, 2021
Rent free!!!!:sob::sob::sob: https://t.co/XS8LkJbD7C
With all these now, we can clearly say that CR7 is obsessed with LM10 . https://t.co/CyhAlV3Yk7- OYEDAMOLA (@Damola_Joccelf) January 30, 2021
Show me videos and not quotes- Nav ⛈️ (@mbrma7i) January 29, 2021
But has Ronaldo been driven by an inferiority complex to Messi in the past, as this Twitter thread claims? Let us know in the comments.
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