Euro 2024: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Copying’ Lionel Messi As He States Mission in Germany With Portugal

Euro 2024: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Copying’ Lionel Messi As He States Mission in Germany With Portugal

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at June 14, 2024 at 6:36 AM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up about his mission for Euro 2024, seemingly drawing inspiration from Lionel Messi
  • The 39-year-old star, who holds a number of records at the competition, will be featuring at a record sixth Euros
  • He will be spearheading Portugal's ambition of winning a second European Championship in Germany this summer

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Portugal and Al-Nassr forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has revealed his mission for the 2024 European Championship in Germany, with a footnote from archrival, Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo made his debut two decades ago when Portugal hosted the championship in 2004 and is set to participate in his sixth Euros, the most in the competition's history.

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Cristiano Ronaldo looks on during Portugal's training session ahead of their pre-Euro 2024 game against Croatia on June 8, 2024. Photo by Diogo Cardoso.
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Despite his age, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner maintains the same passion and desire to succeed, aiming to add another international trophy to his collection.

Having led the Selecao to victory at the Euros in 2016, the veteran forward now looks to replicate that success with an even more technically gifted Portugal squad.

Ronaldo picks lesson from Messi ahead of Euros

Ronaldo expressed his clear ambition to win the tournament while appearing to draw inspiration from Messi's recent comments.

The Argentine phenom, with whom Cristiano shared a long-standing rivalry, appeared to have taken a laid-back approach to competitions lately, especially after winning the 2022 World Cup.

In a recent interview with ESPN, Messi boldly claimed he doesn't enter into competitions thinking about records.

"I never gave importance to records. I wouldn't play in a World Cup just to say that I was in six World Cups," Messi said as quoted by Roy Nemer.

And it appears Ronaldo has learned a lesson or two from his GOAT rival.

"Numbers are not my goal," he began in an interview with CNN, as quoted by The Nassr Zone.

While known for his unparalleled dedication to the sport and insatiable desire to win, Cristiano claimed he planned to make the most of his remaining time by having fun.

When quizzed about his side's chances of winning the 17th edition of the Euros, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus attacker sounded optimistic.

"Step by step, everything is possible. This generation deserves to win," he concluded.

How does Ronaldo maintain his fitness levels?

Sports Brief also previously explored how Cristiano Ronaldo maintains his extraordinary fitness levels at 39 years old.

The Portuguese star's exceptional genetics have undoubtedly helped him stay at the top of his game despite his age.

Recently, Ronaldo gave a fitness brand a brief tour of his refrigerator, providing some insight into his typical intake.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.