BARCELONA star Lionel Messi reportedly has an issue with the way Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo wins the Ballon d’Or, according to reports.
Lionel Messi: Barcelona star has an issue with Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Barcelona and Real Madrid stars Messi and Ronaldo continue to battle it out for the world’s biggest individual honours.
Ronaldo claimed the Ballon d’Or award for a record-equalling fifth time back in December last year.
The Real Madrid forward fired Los Blancos to Champions League glory with his goals in the knockout stages proving vital.
Lionel Messi, however, missed out on trophies with Barcelona yet hit more goals than Ronaldo across all competitions.
And Spanish website Diario Gol say the 30-year-old has an issue with the decision to crown his Real Madrid rival as the world’s best player.
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Messi and Ronaldo continue to scale new heights despite their advancing years with Barcelona and Real benefitting as a result.
Both players have driven their respective clubs to silverware of the years and, last year, Ronaldo won more silverware.
In recent years, the former Manchester United star has been rested more.
And, consequently, he has missed out on La Liga action with the Champions League instead the priority.
Lionel Messi: Barcelona star and Cristiano Ronaldo regularly compete for honours
And Diario Gol say Messi feels Ronaldo only wins individual accolades because of his form in the latter stages of the competition.
Last year, Ronaldo scored against Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Juventus en route to Real claiming the prize.
In La Liga, though, Messi top-scored with 37 goals to his name.
As a result, he reportedly feels he deserves even more recognition.
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Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti thinks both players will have a huge say in who wins this year’s Champions League.
"Clearly Champions League games are decided by the smallest of details and in a one-off game it is sufficient for a refereeing decision to knock someone out,” he said.
"Madrid and Barcelona are favourites for their experience and because they have Ronaldo and Messi.
"It is clear [Juventus and Roma] are not favourites because they are up against two European powers but they still will have their chances."