Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has expressed how “healthy” competition from Lionel Messi and Neymar motivates him to be better.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Ronaldo said: “Of course we fight with everyone, with Neymar, with Messi, Lewandowski, Higuain, with the best players in the world. This is not “fighting” but it’s healthy. We fight to be the best.
“It’s my motivation: to be better than them, year after year.”
517 – Cristiano Ronaldo has been directly involved in 517 goals in 394 appearances for Real Madrid (406 goals, 111 assists). Iconic. pic.twitter.com/7ZuPVezyKm
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The four time Ballon d’Or winner is set to add another FIFA world footballer of the year trophy to his cabinet, after finishing last season as The La Liga and Champions League champion.
When asked to name one particular player that motivates him, he continued: “To mention one is hard, but the level that I am is like in other sports: Formula One, NBA , the best players always follow the best players.
“They want to be in the top of the game because the other ones are there. You cannot rest or sleep because the other ones will pass you.
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