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Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi Challenge Each Other To Reach New Heights According to former Real Madrid & Barcelona Star

Michael Laudrup spent five years at Barcelona before moving to Real Madrid.

Former Barcelona and Real Madrid star Michael Laudrup has claimed that both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi need their rivalry so that they can push each other to improve, Goal.com reports.

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The pair have without doubt been the best two players on the planet over the past decade, winning every Ballon D’Or between them since 2008 and both regularly scoring more than 50 goals a season.

The Dane believes that the rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo is not only good for the game but is also good for the two stars and he also thinks that both players will go down as all time greats when they retire.

“I think they need each other,” he told EFE.

“If one scores a hat-trick, the other tries to beat that. They are two of the best, not just of this era – in 30 years we’ll be talking about them and the debate will be whether Messi, Cristiano, Maradona or Pele is the greatest of all time.”

When asked which of them he would rather have in his team, the Dane replied: “Both would have to be in it, as they’ve clearly been the best two over the past four or five years.”

The two rivals will meet again on the 25th October for El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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