Barcelona star Lionel Messi has admitted that he wanted Cristiano Ronaldo to stay with Real Madrid.
The pair have set the standard for individual performances over the course of the last decade, setting rafts of scoring records and dominating individual awards over that period.
Messi regrets his rival’s decision and says that the presence of the Portugal international used to add an extra spice to the match.
“I miss Cristiano, yes, I wanted him to continue with Real Madrid,” Messi told RAC1.
“He gave a plus to the rivalry in the Clasico and La Liga.
“Real Madrid will continue to challenge because they have very good players, but I already said that the team was going to feel his loss for what he meant and that the squad would notice. But they have plenty of players to allow them to fight for every title and they have a lot of history.”