Lionel Messi discusses Cristiano Ronaldo and his future

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has opened up about several matters in a tell-all interview.

Barcelona legend Lionel Messi sat down with renowned Spanish journalist Jordi Évole and discussed matters pertaining to his rival Cristiano Ronaldo, his former teammate Neymar, his immediate future and his desire to live and work in the USA.

Messi first highlighted praise for his long time rival Ronaldo by comparing him to some of the biggest sporting stars in the world.

The football icon has likened the Juventus striker to some of the biggest sports personalities in the world and insists that the ex-Real Madrid man “stands out” in the footballing world.

The debate on who is the best player of all time between Messi and Ronaldo continues to rage among the football community but the Argentine captain was quick to admit his respect for his counterpart.

Messi revealed that he sees Ronaldo alongside other sporting superstars — likening him to Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and LeBron James.

“There are many admirable athletes. Rafa Nadal, Federer, LeBron – in all sports there is always someone who stands out and is admirable for his work,” Messi told La Sexta.

“Cristiano stands out in football. There are many who stand out and always do their best.”

Despite his admiration for fellow sports stars, the 33-year-old revealed that it is his children who invoke more passion in him than anyone else.

“When I started to be a professional, I managed to put aside my passion as a football supporter,” Messi added.

“Those who make me get up from the couch are my children. They are what move me the most today.”

“Barcelona is my life”

Messi has been linked with moves away from his Catalan home of 20 years ever since he revealed his desire to do so in the summer.

However, the Blaugrana captain took time to reaffirm his commitment to his current club and wished to quell any doubts over his future.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has spent his entire career with the Catalan giants and has stressed just how much the club and city mean to him despite his recent request to leave.

“I’m sorry about everything. I always said it. Barcelona is my life,” he said.

“I’ve been here since I was 13 years old, I’ve been living in Barcelona for longer than in Argentina and I learned everything here. The club trained me as a player.

“Barcelona is much bigger than any player, even me obviously, and I hope that the president who comes in will do things well to help us lift important titles again.”

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