I knew Ronaldo would be my greatest rival-Messi

The Barcelona star revealed his foresight after the Portuguese’s move to Spain, and the Argentina international also revealed he wants “invented” stories about him to cease

Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi has revealed that he predicted that Cristiano Ronaldo would become his great rival following his move from Manchester United to Real Madrid.

The Portuguese attacker returns to Old Trafford on Tuesday night for the first time since his Ôé¼93 million move to the Santiago Bernabeu, and the dimunitive Argentine has hinted his belief that their rivalry which has developed since his arrival in La Liga was foreseeable.

He told Optimum Style: “Even before he [Ronaldo] signed for Madrid, I knew he would be my great rival in the following years.”

The four time Ballon d’or winner is fed up with stories being created about him, as he is often the focus of media attention.

“Most things that have been said about me are invented. I’m a normal guy and I just want people to judge me as a player,” he added.

“There is nothing nicer than to score and to win. I play with many good players and it would be wrong to mention just one.”

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