Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo recently spoke about Lionel Messi during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Ronaldo and Messi recently shared a photo of themselves playing chase in a promotional campaign for Louis Viton.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 19, 2022
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner faced the media as Portugal’s opening World Cup fixture against Ghana closes in. Ronaldo said he would love to checkmate Messi.
Speaking to the media, Ronaldo said (via The Sun): Ronaldo and Messi have been eternal rivals for over a decade. Winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup would be a crown jewel for either and would potentially settle the gOAT debate in one’s favor, checkmating the other.
Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan came just a few days before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Many have criticized the timing of the interview. However, Ronaldo is not worried at all. He told the media (via ESPN):
Cristiano Ronaldo on the response to his recent interview 🗣 pic.twitter.com/OuXGY4jebr
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) November 21, 2022
He further provided an update on his fitness and his country’s chances at the tournament in Qatar. Ronaldo said: