CRISTIANO RONALDO IS FINISHED – LIONEL MESSI

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According to Express.co.uk Barcelona star
Lionel Messi reportedly thinks Cristiano
Ronaldo is finished at Real Madrid.
Ronaldo has endured a nightmare start to the
season, scoring just one La Liga goal for Real
Madrid so far.
There seems to be genuine concern at the
Bernabeu that their talisman is finished, with
the 32-year-old approaching the twilight
years of his career.
And Spanish website Don Balon claims
that Lionel Messi thinks Ronaldo will never
rediscover the form that has made him such a
formidable opponent of the years.
Ronaldo won FIFA’s Player of the Year award
last month for his exploits for Los Blancos last
term, where he fired them to Spanish and
European glory.
But the brutal fact is he has looked unworthy
of that award based on this season’s
performances.
He has eight goals across all competitions but
Madrid’s domestic plight has coupled with his
own.
Barcelona already sit eight points clear of
Real Madrid at the summit, with Valencia
sandwiched in between.
Don Balon say Messi also intends to up his
game even further to beat Ronaldo to
individual awards next season.
The 30-year-old supposedly reckons Ronaldo
will be unable to match his own goalscoring
exploits, with the Argentina international
already having 12 for the current campaign.
But Barcelona’s performances as a team will
no doubt determine what awards he scoops in
2018.
FIFA’s awards, while intended to be reflective
of individual performances, often take how
an individual’s team has fared into
consideration.
Messi was the one exception to the rule back
in 2010, where he won the accolade despite
Barcelona failing to retain the Champions
League, losing out to Jose Mourinho’s Inter
Milan.
Meanwhile, Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta
has backed Messi to break more Barcelona
records after making his 600th appearance
for the club against Sevilla at the weekend.
“Messi’s 600th appearance? It’s a lot of
games and it’s very difficult to reach a
figure like that,” he said.
“But the 600 games are certainly far below
what he’ll end up achieving and hopefully
[more appearances] can be accompanied by
more trophies.”

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