Cristiano Ronaldo jokes about Lionel Messi joining Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo jokes about Lionel Messi joining Real Madrid and insists that their rivalry is created by the media.

Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken of his rivalry with Lionel Messi, joking that the pair will only be friends if Messi joins him at Real Madrid.

Ronaldo and Messi go head-to-head for the Ballon D'Or once again this season as the Portugul international looks to add to his title from 2008.

Speaking to Bein Sport, Ronaldo insisted that the rivalry between the two players is created by the media and said that he respects Messi, but is not his "real friend".

"It did not start today between him [Messi] and me. What can I do? Nothing. I do not speak to newspapers or television," said Ronaldo.

"The media love us up against each other. I respect him as a pro player, like my other opponents. But we do not eat together at restaurants.

"Friends? No, we're not real friends. And if one day playing in the same team? This will be the case if he comes to Madrid."

Real Madrid face Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey tonight.

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TeamPGDPTS
1Real Madrid154239
2Barcelona152935
3Atletico Madrid151432
4Sevilla15830
5Valencia151528
6Villarreal151027
7Malaga15427
8Celta Vigo15020
9Eibar15-220
10Athletic Bilbao15-319
11Espanyol15-617
12Rayo Vallecano15-1217
13Getafe15-816
14Real Sociedad15-514
15Levante15-1814
16Deportivo La Coruna15-1113
17Granada15-1612
18Cordoba15-1111
19Almeria15-1210
20Elche15-1810