Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at Xavi’s recent comments regarding his place in the footballing pecking order behind Lionel Messi.
Earlier this week the former Barcelona midfielder told Cadena SER (via Goal) that the only people who believe Ronaldo is better than Messi are Real Madrid fans, claiming the latter will hold the world’s best player tag “until he wants”.
Following his goal for Los Blancos on Saturday, the 30-year-old responded to Xavi’s comments, telling Marca: “I’m the most searched for player on the internet. Whoever wants to be on the front page speaks about me, why would I care about what Xavi is saying about me, he plays in Qatar or wherever, I don’t know.
“He’s won everything but he’s never won the Ballon D’Or. I’ve won three.”
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Ronaldo enjoyed a fantastic summer for both club and country, starting with his Champions League success back in May. The Portugal captain scored the winning penalty in Real’s shoot-out victory over rivals Atletico Madrid at the San Siro, securing the Spanish giants’ 11th European crown.
As a result, Ronaldo went into Euro 2016 this summer on a high, eyeing Portugal’s first success at a major international tournament. Fernando Santos’ men struggled through their group, finishing third after three draws, but from there they ground their way to the final, beating the likes of Croatia and Wales.
Although he went off injured in that game, Ronaldo’s teammates earned a narrow 1-0 victory in the final over hosts France, sparking an emotional reaction on the touchline. The Los Blancos wide-man now has something over his great rival Messi; an international winners’ medal at a major tournament.
Culled from Squawka