Lionel Messi: I have no duel with Cristiano Ronaldo

Argentina international says he has no interest in comparing himself to the Real Madrid forward

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Messi is Barcelona's second highest goalscorer of all time Photo: Gustau Nacarino, via Wikimedia

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Lionel Messi insists he does not compare himself to Cristiano Ronaldo, saying that his focus is on collective success rather than individual accolades.

World Player of the Year Messi currently leads the way in the race for this season’s Pichichi award having already netted 10 league goals for Pep Guardiola’s men – three ahead of his Real Madrid rival Ronaldo.

But Messi, who recently moved ahead of László Kubala into second place on Barcelona’s all-time scoring list with 196 goals for the Spanish champions, says he does not compare himself with the Portugal midfielder and prefers to think about success as a team effort.

“I have no duel with Cristiano Ronaldo,” Messi told a news conference. “The only thing I want to do is help my team do things well. I have never watched Cristiano to compare myself with him or to do things better than him.

“I want to win titles, because this is what makes us become part of history. The more goals I score, the better, not to break the record, but to help the team. We have already made history, but we want to make more.”

Looking ahead to Barcelona’s Champions League clash with Viktoria Plzen at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, the 24-year-old Argentine added: “In the Champions League, there are no easy teams, regardless of where they come from.

“They had a good match against AC Milan [despite a 2-0 loss], creating chances. We will go out playing as usual, respecting our opponent.”

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