Cristiano Ronaldo has attacked former Barcelona player Xavi for his own criticism of Ronaldo.
Last week, Xavi told Spanish radio station Cadena SER that anyone who loved football would prefer Lionel Messi to Ronaldo:
“Ronaldo is a player of his time,” Xavi said. “The problem is that there is another who has been pretty much the best player in history.
“Ronaldo is extraordinary but compared to Messi, for me and for everyone who likes football, there can be no comparisons.
“Messi will be number one until he wants. He’s superior to everyone and is the best in the world, unless you are Real Madrid.”
Hardly any surprise that a former Barcelona great would laud Messi over Ronaldo, but the Portuguese forward has launched his own attack in response.
“Xavi is playing in Qatar or I don’t know where,” Ronaldo said when asked about his comments.
“Anyone who wants a front page talks about me. He has won it all, but never a Ballon d’Or.”
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