Gomes: Ronaldo congratulated me

Barcelona new boy Andre Gomes has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo “congratulated” him on his move to Real Madrid’s arch-rivals.

Gomes was reportedly on the verge of joining Madrid before Barca swooped in to meet Valencia’s €65m valuation, yet the midfielder insists Ronaldo bore no grudges with his decision to choose the latter when the Portuguese pair recently spoke.

“I talked to Cristiano Ronaldo, he congratulated me and the truth is that I’m happy [he did],” he told TV3.

“But now I’ll resume being Cristiano’s rival as I was before, when I was at Valencia. There are no friendships on the pitch.

“I have time to be with him in the national team, but now what I want more than anything is to enjoy [playing alongside] Messi.

“[Andres] Iniesta is a reference for me in every way.  I’ll love watching him every day and I’ll learn from him.”

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