Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo has maintained that he never saw his Barcelona counterpart, Lionel Messi as a rival.
The Portuguese captain’s comments came after Juventus brushed past Barcelona during a recent Champions League encounter.
After suffering a 2-0 defeat in Turin and with Ronald absent thanks to COVID-9 recovery rules, Juventus visit Spain and scored three unreplied goals against Messi-led Barcelona.
Ronaldo scored two from the penalties spot with Weston McKennie also scoring one at Camp Nou.
The goals helped Juve claimed a 3-0 win and top spot in Group G.
Ronaldo, who shared a quick embrace with the Argentina captain before the clash, said there was no rivalry between the 2 all-time greats.
“I have always had a really cordial relationship with him,” the Juve star told Movistar.
“I shared 12, 13, or 14 years of award ceremonies with him. I never saw him as a rival.
“He always tries to try to what’s best for his team and me too. I always got along alright with him.
“But we all know that in football, for the press, for the show, a rivalry is sought, but I even have always gotten along well with him. I see him as always.”