Lionel Messi admits he wanted Cristiano Ronaldo to STAY at Real Madrid

Lionel Messi: FC Barcelona talisman admits fears of Neymar transfer to

I also wanted Neymar to come for that reason, because he's different, one of the best, and to have him here would have been important for our objectives.

Messi added: "Today my idea and that of my family is to end here".

"I'm still a bit short but I'm feeling better", Messi said.

"I was the first and that's why they came down so hard on me", said Messi.

"Not because of Barcelona but because I wanted to leave Spain, I didn't want to stay here any longer".

"And I thought Florentino and Real Madrid were going to do something to take it away", Messi said in an interview with RAC1. "They started with me and then went after everyone else".

Messi's compatriot Sergio Aguero occupies third having scored 26 this calendar year, with Karim Benzema on fourth with 25 goals.

"I did not say to throw a stick to the board or go against them, I said it because I do not know because I was not in the negotiations". While Ronaldo earned five with Real Madrid and Manchester United.

The Barcelona captain secured what was his second European Cup win as he struck the decisive second goal against the Red Devils in Rome to help Barca to a 2-0 victory on the night. He leaped and headed a attractive ball to the back post for what is his most impressive header goal of his career.

What about the toughest team he's faced?

The former Spain global believes Real eventually worked out how to deal with Messi. Part of this may be due to what happened in March of 2018, when Spain crushed Argentina 6-1 in an global friendly.

"Maradona was our coach and it was before the 2010 World Cup when they became champions".

He regularly plays with or against the majority of the Spanish national team members, with a large portion playing for Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Lionel Messi admits he misses his on-field rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo admitted he missed the rivalry between the two and even invited Messi out for dinner.

Mess has 672 goals in 828 games for his career, while Ronaldo has 698 goals in 972 games, and both are widely considered among the best handful of players to ever play.

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