Ryan Giggs: Cristiano Ronaldo Obsession With Lionel Messi Behind Juventus Move
Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus was due to his “obsession” with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, according to ex-Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs.
Ronaldo spent nine years at Real Madrid following his transfer from Manchester United, where he won four Champions League trophies with the club during his time there.
Ronaldo and Messi have battled to be deemed the best player in the world for the past 10 years, winning five Ballons d’Or apiece as Real Madrid and Barcelona fought for supremacy in LaLiga.
Giggs, who played alongside Ronaldo at United when he lifted the first of his five Champions League titles, believes a desire to conquer Italy may stem from his former team-mate’s need to be the best.
“I’m surprised that he would leave Real Madrid and go to Italy,” Giggs said on ITV.
“I think it’s a big challenge for him but he’s going to a huge club. Having that on your CV: Real Madrid, Man United, Juventus – it’s some CV.
“He’s obsessed with being better than Messi. He has that now, that, ‘I did it in England, I did it in Spain, I’m going to do it in Italy … I did it with Portugal.’
“So maybe that will be his argument when [he asks himself]: ‘Am I better than Messi?'”