Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed why he and Lionel Messi can be regarded as the greatest footballers ever.
While Messi has spent his entire professional career at Barcelona, Ronaldo has spent time at Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid and currently Juventus.
Ronaldo has lifted the Champions League on five occasions – four times at Real Madrid and once at Manchester United, while Messi has won Europe’s premium competition on four occasions at Barcelona.
“The difference with Messi is that I played for several clubs and won the Champions League with different clubs,” Ronaldo told DAZN.
“I was top scorer in the Champions League six seasons in a row. There aren’t many players who won five Champions League trophies, so this is why I feel that I can identity myself with this tournament.
“Messi is an excellent player who will be remembered not just for his Ballon d’Or wins, but also for having improved – like me – year after year.
“I wake up every morning with the idea in my head of training with the objective of achieving something more, not just to earn money.
“Thank God, I don’t lack money, so what I want to earn is a place in the history of football.”
Cristiano Ronaldo is confident Serie A giants Juventus will win the Champions League, insisting “it’s coming”.
Ronaldo – a five-time Champions League winner who celebrated four titles with Real Madrid – was brought to Turin in a bid to break the Bianconeri’s European drought.
Juve have not lifted the title in 23 years but Ronaldo was unable to help Juve past the quarter-finals in his first season last term.
However, Ronaldo believes Maurizio Sarri’s side are poised to conquer Europe, sooner rather than later.
“I still have the strength to keep winning. Juventus will win the Champions League. I don’t know if it’ll be this year or the next, but it’s coming,” said Ronaldo, speaking after receiving the prestigious Marca Leyenda award on Monday.
After eight successive Serie A titles, Juve are eyeing European glory following five runners-up medals since their last Champions League triumph in 1996.
Cristiano Ronaldo claims he enjoyed one of his best seasons after severing ties with Real Madrid and moving to Juventus.
The Portuguese was awarded the Marca Leyenda lifetime achievement award for his successful football career and his sporting excellence on Monday.
Ronaldo joined the likes of Michael Jordan, Pele, Usain Bolt, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Lionel Messi among others.
The Portuguese is one of the most prolific strikers in the world of football, and he remains the Champions League top-scorer with 127 goals, Real’s all-time top-scorer with 451 goals, and Portugal top-scorer with 88 goals.
He has won five Champions Leagues, four FIFA Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, three Premier Leagues, two La Liga titles, one Serie A title and, with Portugal won Euro 2016 and the inaugural Nations League title.
“To leave Real Madrid in the way it happened after nine years, and then to arrive to Italy to play in a different league and with new team-mates, and with 33 years-old… I think in my opinion it was one of my best seasons as individual and as a collective,” he said.
“I won two trophies, the Italian Cup and the Serie A title, and also I won the Nations League title with Portugal. As you know, it is very difficult to win three titles so for me it was another great year.”