Arthur prefers Ronaldo
Former Barcelona midfielder Arthur has opened up about working with both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and has claimed the Portuguese is a favourable teammate compared to the Argentine.
Arthur made the shock move to Juventus which saw Miralem Pjanic move in the other direction. Having worked with both Messi and Ronaldo more recently than anymore, the Brazilian appears best placed to give the
“They’re champions above all else,” Arthur said in an interview with AS. “In this, Messi and Ronaldo are identical. Concentrated from start to finish, always.
“If they score three goals, they immediately think of the fourth. They never disconnect. It’s impressive and at the same time motivating, because they push you to do your best.
“Compared to Messi, Ronaldo talks more and is more accessible. He never backs down if there is a team-mate in need, and he inspires fierce determination. He trains like an animal, he doesn’t know what a break is, and he always encourages you to do your best. He leaves nothing to chance.”
Ronaldo helped Juve to a 3-0 victory and a top of the table finish in their Champions League tussle with Barca in which Messi was unable to drag his side into any form of competitive bout.
Messi no rival
The clash at the Camp Nou was the first between Messi and Ronaldo since the Portuguese left Real Madrid for Serie A. Whilst Real Madrid have recovered and won a Champions League trophy since, Barcelona’s future looks all the more uncertain with the Argentine currently set to leave at the end of the season when his cotnracvt expires.
However Ronaldo spoke positively about his relationship with Messi and how they looked to boost each other’s performances rather than bring one another down.
“I have always had a cordial relationship with Messi,” Ronaldo said. “As I have said before, for 12, 13, 14 years sharing prizes with him.
“I never saw him as a rival. He always tried the best for his team, and I tried the best for mine. I always got on well with him. I am sure he will say the same if you ask him. But we know in football, people always look for a rivalry to create more excitement.”
Both Juventus and Barcelona qualified for the next round of the Champions League but Koeman’s side will face a very difficult draw no matter who they get picked against after finishing behind the Italians.