By Sam Blitz For Mailonline
Published: 11:28 GMT, 15 January 2020 | Updated: 11:28 GMT, 15 January 2020
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 Real Madrid 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
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 Real Madrid and Barcelona were the two best teams in the world."
Ronaldo lifted more Champions League trophies than Messi when he played for Real Madrid