Five-time Ballon d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United teammates used to motivate him by telling him that his Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi was a better player.

CR7 had joined Manchester United in 2003 from Sporting Lisbon and had spent six years with the Red Devils.

Ace footballer Ronaldo had become a household name while playing for the Old Trafford club before departing for Real Madrid in 2009.

But while Ronaldo was with Man U, his teammates used to motivate him by comparing him with Messi.

As per a report published in, English footballer Peter Crouch made this revelation in his new book about Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Rio Ferdinand would tell us stories about how Cristiano Ronaldo would stand in front of the mirror naked, running his hand through his hair, and say, ‘Wow. I’m so beautiful!”

“The other United players would try to wind him up [by sayinh] ‘Whatever, Leo Messi is a better player than you’.”

And the Portugal star’s response?

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“He would shrug his shoulders and smile again. ‘Ah yes. But Messi does not look like this…”

Cristiano Ronaldo stunned the world by joining Juventus this summer in a surprise £89million move. However, Ronaldo is yet to score for the Serie A champions.