El Clásico is not a two-man show, insists Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo keen to play down the idea of a two-man show
Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo walks out for Real Madrid (Photo: Tsutomu Takasu)

Cristiano Ronaldo says Real Madrid’s clash with Barcelona tonight is not an ‘individual duel’ between himself and Lionel Messi.

Barca visit the Bernabeu with the two sides level on points at the summit of the Primera División with just eight games left to play.

Messi has been grabbing the headlines this season with his stunning form for Pep Guardiola’s side and with Ronaldo also  having  enjoyed a successful first term in Spain so far, many will be tuning in to watch the former and current FIFA World Players of the year do battle.

But Ronaldo is keen to play down the idea of a two-man show. “Everyone talks about me and Messi but it is not an individual duel,” said the 25-year-old.

“Messi does not play alone, his team-mates and coaches also have a big influence. In Manchester, when I was the best in the world, I was not playing alone. Barca are the same. Messi is great, but he is in a very complete team.”

The former Manchester United winger says he is happy in Spain, and is confident he can recapture the form he showed at Old Trafford prior to his departure.

“I’m doing a good job, this is my first year in Spain and I am very happy. I want to keep improving in the years that I will stay here and hopefully I will be one of the best, too.”

Ronaldo acknowledges Barcelona’s success last season, but says the best team will be decided at the end of the season.

“‘Last year they were [the best team], yes, this year we will wait and see. The team that wins the most titles is the best. At the end of the season we’ll know. We are not yet a great team, we are good and improving. Against Barcelona we must concentrate from the first minute. These games can be decided by small details for mistakes so I hope Real make the fewest.

“I try to beat every team which I face. I have nothing against Barca who are a team that I respect, but in no way do I have fear. It’s a game we all want to play in and hopefully the better team will be Madrid.

“I will try to play well, to help the team, to score, to assist …whatever, but most of all I want us to win to stay ahead of them. You always have to think you’re favorite. The winner must have confidence and I am sure we will win.”

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