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Jake Polden

Cristiano Ronaldo's comments after humiliating Lionel Messi show type of person he is

Cristiano Ronaldo took on Lionel Messi in what could be the final time the two superstars come up against each other on Tuesday night.

And it's fair to say the Portuguese got one over his eternal rival.

Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 at the Camp Nou as the two European titans faced off in the Champions League.

Ronaldo got himself on the scoresheet twice, converting from the penalty spot on both occasions, either side of a Weston McKennie effort.

It was the first time in two years and seven months that Ronaldo and Messi shared a pitch.

And it seems the Portuguese, who saw the 2019 Ballon d'Or awarded to Messi, had a point to prove on the biggest stages of them all.

Cristiano Ronaldo took on Lionel Messi on Tuesday (SIPA USA/PA Images)

Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo discussed what facing off against Messi meant to Ronaldo after the match, and admitted it definitely riled him up.

"Ronaldo was very motivated to put in a good performance here against his eternal rival, so when you're that motivated, it becomes simple," said Pirlo.

"There are many games in a season and it's easier to get fired up for fixtures like this, but we mustn't lose sight of the real target, which is Serie A, so we have to be this concentrated and committed there too."

Ronaldo also spoke to the press after the game, and was obviously asked about Messi.

The Portuguese has a reputation for being arrogant, but his interview showed he is nothing but humble when it comes to competing with Messi, especially after Tuesday night's humiliating scoreline.

"I have always had a very good relationship with him," said Ronaldo.

"I shared 12, 13 or 14 years of award ceremonies with him. I never saw him as a rival. He always tries to do what is best for his team and me too. I always got along very well with him.

It was the first time Messi faced Ronaldo in two years and seven month (AFP via Getty Images)

"But we know that in football, for the press, for the show, a rivalry is sought, but I have always gotten along well with him. I see him as always."

This isn't the first time Ronaldo has paid tribute to Messi and the pair's rivalry, which he has previously admitted spurs him on to keep achieving.

Reflecting on their careers in 2019, Ronaldo said: "We have shared the stage 15 years.

Messi and Ronaldo have had a long rivalry (BT Sport)

"I don't know if that's happened before - the same two guys on the same stage all the time.

"Of course, we have a good relationship. We haven't had dinner together yet, but I hope in the future. We had that battle in Spain. I pushed him and he pushed me as well. So it's good to be part of the history of football."

To Ronaldo's dinner invitation, Messi later responded: "Yes, I don't have any problem with that... We might not be friends because we've never shared a dressing room together but I always see him at award shows and there's no problem.

The duo have always shown each other a lot of respect (AFP/Getty Images)

"I don't know if there will be a dinner because I don't know if our paths will cross for obvious reasons, each one of us has our own life and our own commitments. But obviously I would accept the invitation."

Who is the better player: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Have your say here.

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