Messi Responds To Ronaldo's Challenge To Join Him In Italy

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Lionel Messi believes that his talented Barcelona team-mate Ousmane Dembele is a "phenomenon" who is capable of ranking among the best players in the world.

That run was broken in 2018, with Ronaldo's former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric lifting the prize and Messi controversially finishing fifth in the voting.

Messi recently sat down for an interview with Marca, discussing the limits of his love for the game and his rivalry with Ronaldo.

"I don't need to change anything", Messi said. "I think that in the future Barca can play with 11 homegrown players because we have a great youth academy, but it will take its time". "Like me, accept the challenge". My challenges renew year on year.

Ronaldo left Real Madrid after nine years in the summer, to sign for Juventus, which all but ended his long-term rivalry with the Argentine.

"It would be hard", Messi, 31, told Marca when asked about the idea of the Brazil worldwide returning to Barca.

Ronaldo and Messi enjoyed a fierce rivalry in La Liga, battling for domestic and European trophies as well as individual honours. I do not need to change teams or leagues to set new goals.

The 33-year-old helped Madrid win four Champions League titles during his reign at the Santiago Bernabeu.

On the decade-long rivalry with his Portuguese rival, the 31-year-old said, "The rivalry with Cristiano was very healthy and very attractive for the spectators".

And Messi also insisted Barca must continue to offer a pathway to the first team for products of their famous La Masia academy. "There were so many teams and I heard less about Juve but it is a very good team", Messi had said.

Messi also spoke about Ballon d'Or.