Cristiano Ronaldo has caused a stir by revealing his personal take on his rivalry with Lionel Messi.
The pair have won five Ballon d’Ors each and own several records.
But in DAZN’s The Making Of series, Ronaldo suggested that his record in the Champions League puts him ahead of the Barcelona star.
“The difference with me is that I’ve played for different clubs and I also won the Champions League with different clubs,” Ronaldo said, per Goal.
“I was the top scorer in the Champions League six times in a row.”
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The Portuguese forward first lifted the trophy with Manchester United in 2008.
He was then a part of the Real Madrid side that recently dominated Europe, winning the competition in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 with Los Blancos.
It’s an impressive achievement, for sure.
But Ronaldo isn’t the leader when it comes to winning the Champions League with multiple clubs.
Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf won the trophy with three different clubs: Ajax (1995), Real Madrid (1998) and AC Milan (2003, 2007).
He’s the only player to have done it with three different clubs.
So, Ronnie, is Seedorf the true GOAT?
The 34-year-old can actually join Seedorf if he can win the Champions League with Juventus.
The Serie A giants fell short last season, crashing out at the hands of Ajax in the quarter-final.
But they are well-equipped to go further in the competition this season after making significant improvements to the squad.
Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, Matthijs de Ligt and Gianluigi Buffon have all arrived, along with new manager Maurizio Sarri.
So maybe this is the year where Ronaldo joins Seedorf as the only players to have won the Champions League with three separate clubs.
The Portugal international was actually effusive in his praise for Messi, praising the Argentinian for sustaining his quality for such a long period of time.
“In the case of Messi, he is an excellent player,” Ronaldo added.
“Not only for the Ballons d’Or he has won but for also being a player who was always at the top year after year, just like me.
“There are great players that I respect who have three, four or, at most, five years at their peak. Ten years? I’ve never seen that.”