Lionel Messi has claimed he is tired of comparisons between himself and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
24 hours after the pair were made favourites to lift the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or trophy, the Argetnine goalscorer has insisted that there is no personal rivalry with the former Manchester United man.
“It does not concern me what Ronaldo does or feels,” he told France Football. “Frankly, I do not care. He can do whatever he wants.
“When anything happens journalists are always looking to compare the two of us. They always want a competition between us. I'm a bit tired of it all.”
He also commented on the annual award from the world governing body and Iker Casillas' claim to be its recipient.
“You cannot forget Casillas,” he said. “For me he is a real obstacle as a goalkeeper. He is a very important player for Real Madrid, and for me, one of the best goalkeepers in the world – perhaps the best.”
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