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'It was a special duel, and it will remain forever': Lionel Messi speaks fondly of his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo as he insists people had 'fun' watching them compete for 'two best sides in world' Messi and Ronaldo have arguably been the two best players of all-time The Barcelona forward branded his rivalry with Ronaldo as eternal  The pair have shared La Liga and Champions League titles as well as Ballon D'Ors Ronaldo left La Liga in 2018 to join Italian side Juventus  

By Sam Blitz For Mailonline

Published: 11:28 GMT, 15 January 2020 | Updated: 11:28 GMT, 15 January 2020

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Lionel Messi admits that his personal battle with Cristiano Ronaldo was 'special' and 'fun' during their rivalry in Spain. 

The pair battled it out for club and personal honours during the 2010s as Barcelona and rivaled each other for the La Liga and Champions League titles. 

But while both Messi and Ronaldo are world-renowned for their competitiveness and desire to win, the former confessed to feeling some satisfaction from the duel.

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Lionel Messi (right) enjoyed a fierce rivalry in Spanish football

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Lionel Messi (right) enjoyed a fierce rivalry in Spanish football

Speaking to DAZN, Messi said: "It was a special duel and it will remain forever because it lasted many years and it is not easy to maintain certain levels for a long time.

"Plus the teams we played in were also very demanding, both and Barcelona were the two best teams in the world."

Ronaldo joined from for a then-world-record £80 million fee in 2009.

Ronaldo lifted more Champions League trophies than Messi when he played for Real Madrid

Ronaldo lifted more Champions League trophies than Messi when he played for

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