Eight Greatest Football Rivalries: Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi Joined By Man United And Arsenal Legends

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are both among the greatest players of all time…

As we reported yesterday, Real Madrid star and World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has been forced to deny claims that he refers to Barcelona rival Lionel Messi as ‘motherf****r’.

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Ronaldo insists the rumours are untrue, writing on his Facebook page: “News is circulating that I allegedly made offending remarks regarding Lionel Messi.

“This is absolutely false and I have assured my lawyer takes action to sue those responsible. I have the utmost respect for all my professional colleagues, and Messi is obviously no exception.”

However, the rivalry is well known between the pair. Late last year, TalkSport counted down the eight greatest football rivalries of all time, and now seems like a perfect time to review that list again:

Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi

Messi Ronaldo

The two attackers have both attempted to play down their rivalry throughout their careers, but the reality is that with no-one else on the planet coming close to matching the pair on the pitch, they are in a league of their own and therefore direct competitors.

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