Having dominated Serie A for the past seven years, Juve are setting their sights on European glory with five-time Champions League victor Ronaldo drafted in to help end a 23-year wait for contintental glory. "I wasn't surprised because I didn't expect anything", he added.
"Accepting Ronaldo's challenge to join Italian football?"
Messi, in an interview with Marca, has insisted he does not need to change. I'm at the best team in the world. I do not need to change teams or leagues to set new goals.
Messi further revealed that when he saw the list of contenders for the award, he gave up on making it to the podium already.
On the decade-long rivalry with his Portuguese rival, the 31-year-old said, "The rivalry with Cristiano was very healthy and very lovely for the spectators".
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Jordi Cruyff, son of the late Johan Cruyff and manager of Chongqing Dangdai Lifan, believes that Real's drop in form is something the Catalan club could also experience one day if Messi moves on or retires from football.
Messi and Ronaldo held a stranglehold on the coveted prize since 2008.
"I knew this season I didn't have the chance to win it this season".
Messi is enjoying another good season with Barcelona, having scored 21 goals in just 20 matches in all competitions.