Cristiano Ronaldo has urged long-time rival Lionel Messi to be extra like him and push his limits by difficult himself in one other league than Spain.
“I’d like him to return to Italy in the future. I hope he accepts the problem like me, but when he’s blissful there then I respect that,” Ronaldo advised the Italian press on Monday.
The 2 strikers have been rivals for the previous decade successful 5 Ballon d’Or trophies every earlier than their domination was damaged by World Cup runner-up Luka Modric final week.
Requested if he missed the 31-year-old Argentinian, who has spent his total senior profession at Barcelona, Ronaldo replied: “No, perhaps it’s him who misses me …
“I’ve performed in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my nationwide crew, whereas he’s nonetheless in Spain.
“Perhaps he wants me extra… For me, life is a problem, I prefer it and I prefer to make folks blissful.
“He’s a incredible participant and a very good man, however I don’t miss something right here. That is my new life and I’m blissful.
“I left my consolation zone and took on this problem right here in Turin, all the pieces has gone effectively, I’ve confirmed I’m nonetheless an unimaginable participant,” stated Ronaldo.
Ronaldo joined Juventus for 100 million euros ($114 million) final summer time because the Turin giants bid to elevate the Champions League trophy after two runners-up finishes up to now 4 seasons.
To mark his 150 days in Italy he gave interviews on Monday to a few main sports activities dailies: La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
“I had completely different choices. I gained’t say which however I had them. Juventus is a stable membership. It has a protracted historical past,” he stated of his determination.
“I knew the ambiance within the stadium. I’d performed a number of occasions in Italy. I like the town, the folks and the membership. I knew it might work.
“I couldn’t be 100 % positive I used to be becoming a member of the perfect membership on the earth. After 9 years at Actual Madrid it was tough to check.
“Now I’m 100 % positive it was the fitting possibility.”
Ronaldo has scored 11 targets this season, bringing his profession complete to 584.
Ending second in Ballon d’Or voting to Modric, stated Ronaldo, simply motivates him much more.
“In fact I’m upset, however life goes on and I’ll proceed to work onerous,” stated the 33-year-old.
“On the pitch I’ve completed all the pieces to win the Ballon d’Or, numbers don’t lie, however I’m no much less blissful if I don’t win, I’ve great associates and a household, I play in among the best golf equipment.
“Congratulations to Modric, who has earned the award, however subsequent yr we’ll meet once more and I’ll do all the pieces to win the prize once more.
“Do you suppose I’m going dwelling and crying?”
Juventus play Younger Boys of their ultimate Champions League group sport in Switzerland on Wednesday, having already booked their place within the knockout rounds.
And Ronaldo is hoping his expertise of successful the trophy 5 occasions can serve his new crew.
“The Champions League can’t be an obsession, you must give it some thought calmly,” he warned.
“Sure all of us need it however we’ve got to get there step-by-step.
“Have a look at the sport towards Manchester United (2-1 defeat), if it had been a quarter-final we’d have gone out. You want a bit luck.”