Cristiano Ronaldo urges his arch-rival, Lionel Messi to play in other leagues than Spain. “I’d like him to come to Italy one day. I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he’s happy there then I respect that,” Ronaldo told the Italian press on Monday.

The two gems have been rivals for the past decade, winning five Ballon d’Or trophies each. The duo also shares massive fan following across the globe.

On being asked, if he misses the 31-year-old Argentinian Striker, Ronaldo replied: “No, maybe it’s him who misses me”. He further added, “I’ve played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he’s still in Spain”.

“Maybe he needs me more, for me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy. He’s a fantastic player and a good guy, but I don’t miss anything here. This is my new life and I’m happy. I left my comfort zone and took on this challenge here in Turin, everything has gone well, I’ve proven I’m still an incredible player,” said Ronaldo.

Earlier this year, Ronaldo joined Juventus for 100 million euros ($114 million).  “I had different options. I won’t say which but I had them. Juventus is a solid club. It has a long history,” he said of his decision on joining Juventus. “I knew the atmosphere in the stadium. I’d played several times in Italy. I like the city, the people and the club. I knew it could work as I couldn’t be 100 percent sure that I was joining the best club in the world. After nine years at Real Madrid, it was difficult to compare”, he said.

Meanwhile, Juventus will play their next Champions League game on Thursday against Young Boys.