Ronaldo and Messi have been inseparable at the highest echelons of their sport for more than a decade as both have helped their respective teams to domestic and European trophies, scooping the majority of individual prizes to boot.
But on Thursday they demonstrated their rivalry may be a friendly one because of the Juventus FC striker’s invitation for a night together.
“We shared the stage 15 years, me and him,” Ronaldo, sitting next to Messi, said at the UEFA Champions League group stage draw, as broadcast by BT Sport .
“I don’t know if its ever happened in football, the same two guys, in the same stage, all the time. So it’s not easy. Of course, we have good relationship. We not have dinner together yet, but I hope in the future.
“Of course I miss playing in Spain,” he added. “We have that battle. He push me and I push him as well.”
Regardless of Ronaldo’s intent, there might be somebody who would warn Messi against going to Ronaldo’s house for dinner.
The Portuguese striker’s former teammate at Manchester United, Patrice Evra, once said he was “done” after spending just one afternoon with Ronaldo.
Evra said on a podcast last year that he expected “some big meat” when he visited Ronaldo years ago, but was given a healthy meal and told to exercise with him.
Both Ronaldo and Messi missed out on the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award on Thursday, as the Liverpool FC defender Virgil van Dijk was rewarded with the coveted prize.
As for the Champions League draw, Ronaldo’s Juventus team was drawn into Group D alongside Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, and Lokomotiv Moscow, while FC Barcelona was drawn in Group F alongside Borussia Dortmund, Internazionale, and Slavia Prague.