Lionel Messi responds to Cristiano Ronaldo’s invitation to go for dinner
Lionel Messi has revealed that he would accept Cristiano Ronaldo’s invitation to go for dinner if asked.
The two superstars were recently paired together at the award ceremony for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year.
Both lost out to Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk, but no-one can doubt the sheer talent between the duo.
Ronaldo went into detail on their relationship, saying: “Of course we have a good relationship, we have not had dinner together yet but I hope in the future.”
And Messi has finally broken his silence on the matter, revealing that he would go on a man-date with his long-term rival.
When asked if he would accept Ronaldo’s invitation, the Barcelona talisman said: “Yes, I don’t have any problem with that.
“I’ve always said that I don’t have any issue with him. We might not be friends because we’ve never shared a dressing room together but I always see him at award shows and there’s no problem.
“We actually spoke with each other for quite a long time at the most recent show.
“I don’t know if there will be a dinner because I don’t know if our paths will cross for obvious reasons, each one of us has our own life and our own commitments. But obviously I would accept the invitation.”
Messi and Ronaldo have been tussling for the title of best player for over a decade now after accumulating 10 Ballon d’Ors between them.
But in recent times there has been a shift in power with Luka Modric the winner last year and Van Dijk the favourite this time round.
Nevertheless, the two remain the most important players for club and country.
When asked about who would win the prestigious award, Messi said: “The Ballon d’Or is strange, no one really knows who is the favourite.
“Recently they’ve looked more at the club’s results, which isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes it’s been for the World Cup which not everyone values the same. I don’t know.
“Honestly, there isn’t a specific line on which you can define the Ballon d’Or winner.
“I’ve never felt I was the favourite or not. As I’ve said before, individual awards are secondary to me.”