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‘I didn’t imagine it’ – Messi surprised that Ronaldo left Madrid

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Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi says he was surprised that his rival Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid to join Juventus this summer.

The Portuguese star left the European champions in a €100m deal, ending a direct rivalry in La Liga in which both players broke multiple scoring records.

“Real Madrid are one of the best teams in the world and they have a great squad [but] it’s evident that the absence of Ronaldo makes them less good and makes Juventus [one of the] clear favourites to win the Champions League,” Messi told Catalunya Radio.

“It surprised me [when he left]. I didn’t imagine him leaving Madrid or joining Juventus. There were a lot of teams that wanted him. It surprised me, but he has gone to a very good team.”

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The Argentine superstar went on to say it is time for Barcelona to lift the UEFA Champions League.

Barca last won the Champions League in the 2014-15 season and have failed to get beyond the quarter-finals since.

“It’s time. This year we have the Champions League again.

“We’ve gone out in the quarter-finals three years in a row and the last time was the worst of all, because of how we played and that we came with a result that was in our favour.

“We have to focus on the Champions League for the club, the team, and the fans. We have a spectacular team – that’s why we say that, because we can compete for the Champions League,” he stated.

 

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