Ronaldo invites Messi to join him in Serie A

Sports | 12 Dec 2018

Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo would like Barcelona's Lionel Messi to leave Spain and rekindle their rivalry by joining him in the Italian top flight.

Ronaldo moved to the Serie A champions in July for 100 million euros (HK$890.6 million) after nine trophy-laden seasons at Real Madrid. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated world football for a decade, each winning the Ballon d'Or five times before Luka Modric claimed the coveted award this year.

"I'd like [Messi] to come to Italy one day," Ronaldo said. "I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he's happy there then I respect that."

Asked if he missed his rivalry with Messi, Ronaldo suggested it might be the other way round.

"No, maybe it's him who misses me," the 31-year-old said.

"I've played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he's still in Spain. Maybe he needs me more."

REUTERS

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