Speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser earlier in the week, Xavi had said: “Ronaldo is a player of his time. The problem is that there is another who has been pretty much the best player in history. Ronaldo is extraordinary but compared to Messi, for me and for everyone who likes football, there are no comparisons.
“Messi will be number one until he wants [to stop]. He’s superior to everyone and is the best in the world, unless you are Real Madrid.” ‘Only a fool could have played football and not recognize Cristiano is an elite footballer. But he just has had bad luck to be around at the same time as Leo.’
‘The most searched for player on the Internet is me. Those that want to appear on front covers [of newspapers] or promote things speak about me. ‘What does it matter to me what Xavi says?
He plays where? In Qatar or [somewhere], I don’t know. He’s won everything but he’s never won a Ballon d’Or. I have three.’
Ronaldo also claimed that if he were Florentino Perez, Real Madrid’s president, he would issue himself with a new mega-deal as his current deal is set to end in 2018.
‘If I were the president of Real Madrid, I would give myself a 10-year contract. Right now I’m not thinking about anything else in my career, all I want is to retire at Real. This is the biggest club in the world and it should have the best players.’