From 2009 until 2018, the football fraternity enjoyed a direct competition between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as they played in the Spanish La Liga at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
However, Ronaldo, 33, completed a £99.2m move from Real Madrid to seven-time consecutive Serie A champions Juventus in the aftermath of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Portugal captain has now dared his fierce competitor and fellow five-time Ballon d’Or winner to move to Italy.
“I’d like him to come to Italy one day. I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he’s happy there then I respect that,” Ronaldo said
After nine seasons in Spain where he won two league titles and four UEFA Champions League trophies, the former Manchester United star moved to Italy while Messi has spent his whole career at Barcelona.
Ronaldo made his remarks during an interview with the Italian press, who asked him whether he missed Messi; “No, maybe it’s him who misses me,” he said
“I’ve played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he’s still in Spain. Maybe he needs me more. For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy.
“He’s a fantastic player and a good guy, but I don’t miss anything here. This is my new life and I’m happy. I left my comfort zone and took on this challenge here in Turin. Everything has gone well, I’ve proven I’m still an incredible player.”