Ron­aldo hits back at Xavi

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — Cris­tiano Ron­aldo has taken aim at Xavi fol­low­ing the for­mer Barcelona mid­fielder’s com­ments claim­ing Lionel Messi is su­pe­rior to the Real Madrid star.

Xavi stated this week that even though Ron­aldo is an “ex­tra­or­di­nary” player, he can­not be com­pared to Messi as the Ar­gen­tine is on an­other level.

Ron­aldo was not im­pressed by the mid­field mae­stro’s dig and sug­gested he is merely try­ing to make head­lines, adding the 36-year-old’s in­di­vid­ual tro­phy cabi­net is no match for his.

“Ev­ery­one knows that any­one who wants to make the front pages has to talk about me,” Ron­aldo told re­porters.

“Xavi has not won a sin­gle Bal­lon d’or. I have won three.”

Ron­aldo scored once as Madrid beat Osasuna 5-2 on Satur­day and the Por­tu­gal star was pleased to have made his come­back af­ter two months on the side­lines due to a knee in­jury, last­ing for 66 min­utes be­fore mak­ing way for Karim Ben­zema.

“I am feel­ing well phys­i­cally and could have played 90 min­utes with­out prob­lems,” he added.

“But I was still feel­ing a bit of fear at cer­tain mo­ments. That’s only nor­mal af­ter a spell on the side­lines.

“I have gained rhythm, scored a goal and got a good feel­ing. Ev­ery­thing is great.”

Ron­aldo also briefly touched on spec­u­la­tion he is set to sign a new deal, stress­ing he would not hes­i­tate to tie him­self down had he been in charge at Madrid.

“If I was the pres­i­dent, I would re­new my con­tract for 10 more years,” he con­cluded.

The 31-year-old’s ex­ist­ing deal is due to ex­pire in 2018. — Om­nis­port

Ron­aldo and Xavi.

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