While Barcelona and Real Madrid still dominate the 23-man Ballon d’Or list, Lionel Messi has denied any form of rivalry with his Ballon d’Or rival Cristiano Ronaldo. The injured star is still on his way to recovery as speculations continue to breed about his future at his current Club, Barcelona.
The Argentinian has been ruled out for eight weeks following a knee injury and may return on Nov. 22 for El Classico to battle against their arch rivals Real Madrid. Reports allegedly suggest that there was a fallout between him and his current coach, Luis Enrique. The 28-year-old star has been linked with Chelsea, too.
While talking to Yahoo Sports he was asked about his possible link ups with other teams, Messi gathered his thoughts before stating, “I don’t want to look too far ahead. I live for the moment and at this moment I am with Barcelona in the Spanish league where I have made my living and where I live very well.”
The ESPN FC notes that the star forward is one of the top choices for the Ballon d’Or. Messi insists that Cristiano Ronaldo is not his nemesis even though Ronaldo’s best of 61 goals with the Lao Blancos made him Europe’s top scorer.
While speaking about Ronaldo, the three time Ballon d’Or said, “These are things that people say, I don’t compete with Cristiano and I suppose he would not compete with me. What I want is the very best for my teams and that’s what I am working for.”
“The same as any other sportsman that has to complete his training regime and then do just the same as any other person does and rest with his family and friends.”
Messi is feeling very positive about his return though the doctors are still worried about his coming back to the field too soon.
During his absence Neymar and Suarez have been carrying the baton for Barcelona. But his team mate Sergio Busquets commented that Messi’s absence is still hurting the team as it very difficult to replicate the moves of such an iconic player.