Dani Alves has insisted that he doesn’t have a problem with Cristiano Ronaldo after it was reported that there was a feud between the pair following January’s FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony.
Ronaldo ignored Alves during the ceremony when the Brazilian came to say “hello” to the Real Madrid star.
It’s believed that the Portuguese superstar didn’t want to talk to Alves because he thought that the full-back had made critical comments about him.
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However, the Barcelona star claims that he’s never spoken a bad word about Ronaldo.
"I wasn't angry with Cristiano, they manipulated what I said. He thought I was speaking about him and I don't need to speak about him," Dani Alves told Onda Cero, according to Marca.
"I've never spoken of him personally. I spoke about him as a personality, like I might do with Neymar, because they're public personalities. Don't be mistaken, I don't need to speak about him. What happened is they manipulated it and he got angry with me.”
Sleep like a baby
Alves also revealed what was said when the pair did talk after the ceremony and insists that he doesn’t lose any sleep thinking about Ronaldo.
“In Zurich (at the Ballon d'Or ceremony) I went to say hello out of good manners and he didn't want to, he was angry, but it's not a problem,” he explained.
“I sleep like a baby, I couldn't care less. He asked me why I spoke about him, I told him I wasn't speaking about him, they asked me, and when you're a personality, these things can happen. Why would I need to speak about him if I don't know him? I can only give my opinion on football.
I hope he's getting on with his life and he's happy", he concluded.
Alves’ teammate Lionel Messi was awarded his fifth Ballon d’Or trophy in Zurich with Ronaldo, who has won the award three-times, trailing in second and Neymar in third.
Alves looks likely to have the ultimate bragging rights over Ronaldo this season by winning La Liga. The Catalan club are four points clear of Ronaldo’s Madrid, having played a game less.
The two sides meet on April 3 at the Nou Camp where Madrid will be looking to get revenge for the 4-0 thrashing at the Bernabeu in November.