'Have Lost All Respect for Him': Fans Slam Ronaldo for Undermining Lionel Messi

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Cristiano Ronaldo - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.12.2021
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are widely considered the greatest footballers of all time. However, what sets them apart is how each reacts to the success stories of the other. Although the Argentine has never made a remark against the Portuguese in public, CR7 has often shared his disdain for the former Barca frontman on social media.
Several fans of Lionel Messi have slammed Man United ace Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese maestro on Wednesday agreed with a supporter who posted on Instagram that the PSG forward stole the Ballon d'Or from him.

Fans argued that not only has Messi never "disrespected Ronaldo", he has even praised him recently, openly supporting the Portuguese wizard's return to Old Trafford earlier this year.

However, a few claimed that Ronaldo is so obsessed with the Argentine skipper that he always wants to surpass him in every department on and off the field.

A couple of supporters declared that Ronaldo was jealous of the 34-year-old footballer's feats, which could possibly be why the ex-Juventus player almost always tries to undermine Messi's accomplishments.

Others blasted Ronaldo for his "lack of sportsmanship" before insisting that his "inferiority complex was despicable".
A section of social media users said that they "have lost all respect for [Ronaldo]" after he took a shot at Messi.
Messi's admirers started having a go at Ronaldo when the 36-year-old megastar, who has won the Ballon d'Or trophy five times, expressed his disappointment with the polling for this year's award after ending up in sixth position, 435 votes shy of his arch-rival.

The former Real Madrid forward seemed frustrated by Messi's win as he apparently tried to undermine the PSG marksman by listing "facts" on the post of a fan who explained why Ronaldo should have been honoured with the award a sixth time, which would have made him equal Messi's record haul.

The Instagram post on the account dubbed "Cristiano Ronaldo - The Legendary", labelled Messi's landmark victory as "Theft. Dirt. Shame. Simply regrettable" and went on to applaud Ronaldo's performance throughout the 2020-21 season, giving a detailed account of his achievements.

Launching a scathing attack on Messi's performance in big games, the post argued he had "disappeared" in crucial matches for Barcelona before having a dig at Argentina's Copa America suggesting the tournament is no longer as prestigious as it once was.

"And who does the prize go to? Messi, who only won the Copa del Rey by Barcelona, and hasn't scored a goal against Real Madrid since Cristiano left, disappeared in the big games of the season, won the Copa America that was supposed to be every four years and now they do practically every year."

On Monday, Messi added to his record six Ballon d'Or trophies by winning a seventh, after defeating Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski by 33 votes.

However, he was magnanimous in victory and hailed Lewandowski for his exhilarating performance for Bayern Munich during the past two seasons.

The Argentina skipper said Lewandowski would have been a worthy winner if he had bagged the game's top prize.

Messi added that the Pole deserved the honour after missing out on the award last year. Lewandowski was largely predicted to win his first Ballon d'Or last year but the event was cancelled because of the raging coronavirus pandemic.
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