Lionel Messi has won everything that there is possible to win with his club, FC Barcelona from the Spanish league. While his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo has won everything with Manchester United (England), Real Madrid (Spain) and is on track of doing the same in the Italian league with Juventus – this will always remain an edge that the Portuguese would possess as bragging rights when it comes to the ‘Greatest of all time’ (G.O.A.T) debate between him and Messi.
It is no secret that Messi has talked about other clubs in the past, however, he has not clearly indicated that he will move away from Camp Nou. In October this year, Ronaldo spoke about the Argentine and the on-field rivalry between them to the Italian press, “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”, he said.
The Portuguese is tied with Messi on winning Ballon d’Or (World footballer of the year) five times each. While Ronaldo has a more versatile profile pertaining to his accolades across various leagues, Messi has remained at Barcelona since he was 13 and has no intentions of changing that anytime soon.
“Accepting Ronaldo’s challenge to join Italian football? I don’t need any change”, said the Barca skipper responding to his arch-rival. “I’m at the best team in the world. My challenges are renewed year after year. I do not need to change teams or leagues to set new goals. I am at home and I do not need to change”, he said speaking to Spanish outlet Marca.
The Barcelona number 10 has been at the top of his game this season and has netted the most goals across Europe’s top five leagues so far.