Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed what he told Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar at the Ballon d'Or ceremony.
As reported by Goal.com, Ronaldo, who was speaking to reporters at the Bernabeu after Real's thumping 5-1 win over Sporting Gijon, has jokingly stated that the pair owe him after he acted as their translators.
Ronaldo, of course, slotted in between the aforementioned Barcelona duo after securing second place at this year's award ceremony. Neymar secured third spot while Argentine superstar Lionel Messi racked up his fifth Ballon d'Or.
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But Ronaldo, who has long had an intense rivalry with Messi, has insisted that his relationship with the Barcelona ace has grown recently.
The former Manchester United man stated: "We have become closer, we have always enjoyed a good relationship but perhaps in the last few years it has become a little closer.
Ronaldo the translator
"When we were up there on the stage neither Messi nor Neymar speaks English, and I was their translator," he laughed.
"I spoke with them later and told them not to forget to pay me later for the translation!"
Clearly, then, the respect is there between Messi and Ronaldo; the duo have fascinated and wowed crowds on a consistent basis for many years, so it's not entirely surprising that they admire each other.
But is Neymar slowly but surely creeping up on them? At this stage, Messi and Ronaldo are still the standout players in the world, but Brazil's golden boy is certainly coming to prominence.
If Neymar continues his rapid progression, then we could see a new winner of the Ballon d'Or sooner rather than later.
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