Messi: I don’t compare myself to Ronaldo

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has reiterated that he does not care about comparisons withReal Madrid counterpart Cristiano Ronaldo as he is only focused on his own performances.

The Argentina international’s achievements are often contrasted to those of the Portuguese star, with the duo dominating individual awards such as the Ballon d’Or over the course of their careers.

But Messi remains unperturbed by such talk on who has enjoyed more personal success and says he is only thinking about helping his team to silverware.

“The press is always looking for comparisons and those kinds of things,” the 28-year-old toldMBC.

“The only thing I care about is helping my team and to keep on improving each season.

“I am not comparing myself to Cristiano Ronaldo or to anyone else. I am only thinking about myself and my team-mates and winning games.”

Barcelona take on Real Madrid in their first game after the international break and Messi expects a tight Clasico at Camp Nou, despite his side’s 10-point advantage over their rivals.

“Real Madrid have some great players. They have always had some impressive stars and are one of the best teams in the world,” he added.

“They are always a complicated rival for Barcelona. They always make life difficult for us in the race for the Liga title. There is a lot of competition and we always try to do better than them.”

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