Lionel Messi admits he misses his on-field rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo.
The pair have not faced each other since Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus last summer and Messi has revealed he wanted his old rival to stay in Spain.
He claims that the Clasico rivalry was given an extra edge by his involvement in the past.
‘I wanted him to continue with Real Madrid,’ he told RAC1.
‘He gave a plus to the rivalry in the Clasico and La Liga.
‘Real Madrid will continue to challenge because they have very good players, but I already said that the team was going to feel his loss for what he meant and that the squad would notice.
‘But they have plenty of players to allow them to fight for every title and they have a lot of history.’
Messi and Ronaldo were last seen laughing and smiling in each other’s company at the Champions League draw in August.
Ronaldo admitted he missed the rivalry between the two and even invited Messi out for dinner.
Culled from Mail Sport