BARCELONA, NNC – A surprising statement made by Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. He said he cannot be good friends with Real Madrid icon, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo had previously declared himself to be friends with Lionel Messi so now Messi's statement contradicted his.
"I do not know if we (I and Ronaldo) will be friends in the future," Messi told World Soccer magazine.
"Friendship is built by spending time together and getting to know each other," Messi added.
Lionel Messi has his own reasons with his statement. He said he cannot be friends with Cristiano Ronaldo because they have no off-field relationship.
"We have no relationship, especially as we only see each other during award ceremonies, and that's the only time we talked," Messi said.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have become rivals in the last 10 years.
Since 2008, Messi and Ronaldo have each won the Ballon d'Or trophy. Messi also predicted, his relationship with Ronaldo after they retire will still be full of rivalry.
Despite being involved in fierce competition in clubs or as individuals, the couple never insulted each other. But on the other hand, there is no factor that shows both can have a friendship for the long term.
"Everything is fine, but our lives are not interconnected," Messi said.