Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has hit back at rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s challenge to join him playing in Italy, by saying there is no need to take up the gauntlet and switch leagues as he already plays for the world’s best team.
Juventus winger Ronaldo recently pondered the idea that Messi may be pining for his fellow five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who left La Liga’s Real Madrid for the Turin club in the summer for €100 million and teased him about the idea to “accept the challenge” of joining him in Serie A.
“Maybe he misses me. I played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, in the national team, while he is still in Spain,” Ronaldo had said. “Like me, accept the challenge. However, if he is happy there, I respect him, he is a fantastic player, a good guy but I do not miss anything here. This is my new life and I’m happy.”
“Accepting Ronaldo’s challenge to join Italian football? I don’t need any change,” responded Messi to Marca. “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.”