Ronaldo worked hard, Messi a natural - Tevez on what separates Real Madrid and Barcelona's superstars

David Cooper 27/01/2018
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been locked in a duel for over a decade.

Their’s is a rivalry for the ages, perhaps the finest in sports history. However, Carlos Tevez says the two superstars are ‘totally different’.

While Real Madrid and Barcelona‘s main men, who have both won five Ballons d’Or each, divide opinion and fuel debate, Tevez is certain in his distinction between the two.

“Cristiano is totally different to Messi,” Tevez told ESPN Argentina.

“When Leo was starting out, he didn’t touch a gym. But Cristiano was there in the morning, afternoon and evening, all the time.

“Cristiano had to work and prepare himself to be the best, while for Leo it comes naturally.

“Those are the greatest differences that I see between the two best players on the planet.

The Argentine striker who recently rejoined Boca Juniors after a spell in the Chinese Super League, believes his compatriot is so good, it’s as if he plays a different sport to everyone else.

“Messi plays another sport. For Messi to score three goals [in a game] is normal.”

Tevez has had the benefit of playing alongside both stars, Messi with the national team and Ronaldo at Manchester United.

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Cristiano Ronaldo insists he wants to stay at Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo insists he wants to stay at Real Madrid, saying “I love this club”.

Ronaldo’s future has been the source of widespread speculation once again, with recent reports suggesting he wanted to leave the European champions over a contract dispute.

Former club Manchester United and big-spending Paris St Germain have been touted as possible destinations for the 32-year-old Portugal international, but Ronaldo insists he is happy at the Bernabeu.

Asked if he likes living in Madrid, Ronaldo said: “Of course I like living here. I’ve lived in this city since 2009 and I love the weather and the people.

“It’s close to Portugal and you can get there by car. Spain is a great country, I love it.

“Of course I want to stay here, I love this club.”

Looking to the future, Ronaldo – who is under contract at the Bernabeu until 2021 – admits his original aim to continue playing until he is 41 might now be unrealistic after having four children.

Madrid’s all-time record goalscorer also said he does not see himself going into coaching when he does finally hang up his boots.

He told Chinese football app Dongqiudi in quotes reported by the Spanish media: “This feeling is incredible. It’s what I’ve always dreamed of.

“Now, my plan to retire at 41 will probably be a bit more difficult to achieve, and now we live in the moment.”

He added: “Being a coach is not part of my plan, but you also know that people change their minds. For the moment I don’t want to be a coach.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo received a boot to the face in the win over Villarreal.

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Real Madrid training on Tuesday for the first time after his head injury, sustained on Sunday night against Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga.

The Los Blancos club legend scored a brace in the 7-1 home win at the Bernabeu two days’ ago but took a hefty blow to the head when stooping low to net his second late on.

However, it was business as usual for the 32-year-old at the club’s Valdebebas training ground as he took part in the full session.

Real Madrid host Leganes at home on Wednesday evening in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final clash, with the Whites carrying a slender 1-0 aggregate advantage into the tie.

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