Responding to Cristiano Ronaldo's challenge, wherein the Portuguese superstar urged him to make a move to Italy, Barcelona's greatest-ever player Lionel Messi has said that he is happy at his present place, and doesn't need any change.
The two footballing greats were up against each other in La Liga for nine years, and had fighting for the best player accolade since 2008. But earlier this season, Ronaldo marked a new beginning in his career, joining Juventus and ending his nine-year association with Real Madrid.
Earlier this month, the Portuguese had politely put forward a challenge in front of Messi to leave Spain, where he has played club football throughout his career, and come to Italy. But Messi doesn't seem interested.
"Accepting Ronaldo's challenge to join Italian football? I don't need any change. I'm at the best team in the world. My challenges are renewed year after year. I do not need to change teams or leagues to set new goals. I am at home and I do not need to change," he said while speaking to Marca.
In his interview to an Italian media, CR7 had mentioned that given he has played in a number of different countries, which includes Spain, England, Portugal and now Italy, Messi should also contemplate doing the same.
"I've played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he's still in Spain. 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," he said.
The Portuguese added that he isn't missing his rivalry with Messi, and instead, it is the Argentine who was probably missing it.
"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," the five-time Ballon d'Or also mentioned.