- Antonio Cassano claims he provoked Cristiano Ronaldo after stating that Lionel Messi and Brazilian Ronaldo were better than him
- The former striker reveals that Ronaldo reached out to him and asked to be respected
- Messi and Ronaldo have shared the stage for more than a decade, with football fans always sharply divided on who's better
Former Real Madrid striker Antonio Cassano has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo once called him after he made 'disaparaging' remarks about him.
Cassano stirred the GOAT debate by claiming Lionel Messi was better than Ronaldo. Ronaldo is said to have been angered by Cassano's comment and decided to reach out.
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The debate on who is better between Messi and Ronaldo is one of the long-lasting topics in sports. Both players have a cult following after winning a plethora of trophies and individual awards.
Many famous people have often waded into the discussion. Cassano picked rather oddly picked Messi, who is a Barcelona legend. Cassano played for Real Madrid and one would have thought he could have settled on Ronaldo given the tonnes of achievements set by the Portuguese star in a Los Blancos shirt.
Afterwards, Cassano says Ronaldo asked to be respected
Cristiano Ronaldo called and messaged me after I said Lionel Messi is better than him. He told me to respect him. I told him Messi is on another level and the Brazilian Ronaldo is better than him.
Cassano left Real Madrid just before Ronaldo joined and did not get a chance to share the dressing room with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.
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Ronaldo was shopping for a new club during the summer transfer window despite having a year left on his contract with the Red Devils.
With Man United playing in the Europa League this season, the veteran striker is said to have declared his desire to quit Old Trafford and join a Champions League club.