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Cristiano Ronaldo's Reaction To Lionel Messi Winning UEFA Best Forward Of The Year

Cristiano Ronaldo's Reaction To Lionel Messi Winning UEFA Best Forward Of The Year

Cristiano Ronaldo's face when Lionel Messi picked up the UEFA award for the best forward of the year was an absolute picture and had people talking on social media.

Neither man scooped the UEFA Men's Best Player award as Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk became the first defender to win the prize but Messi was recognised for his 51-goal campaign for club and country.

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And when he back off the stage after collecting his trophy and saying a few words, many picked up on Ronaldo's facial expression.

To be fair to the Portuguese superstar though, he did shake the hand of his fellow five-time Ballon d'Or even though he wasn't best pleased about him picking up the award instead of him.

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Later on, Ronaldo invited Messi to dinner at the ceremony and showed that there is tremendous respect between them when he talked about the pair sharing a stage for 15 years.

"I shared this stage with him (Messi) for 15 years," Ronaldo said.

"I don't know if it has ever happened before in football - the same two guys in the same stage all the time. Of course we have a good relationship - we have not had dinner together yet, but I hope so in the future.

"We have that battle, he pushed me and I pushed him as well. It's great to be a part of the history of football. I am there, and of course, he is as well."

Topics: Football, Football News, Lionel Messi, Ballon d'Or, Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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