“I admire a lot what Messi has done and he felt sorry for me leaving”

“I admire a lot what Messi has done and he felt sorry for me leaving”

Cristiano Ronaldo spoke again of his rivalry with Leo Messi. The Portuguese crack has done it in an interview on TVI where he has told the relationship he has had with the Argentine star. The two best players in the world have five Golden Balls each and have coincided in time and space, when he was at Real Madrid, something that has allowed them to improve as the Portuguese soccer player acknowledges. “I have no doubt that Messi has made me a better player and vice versa,” he told TV1. The Portuguese player has confirmed that they maintain excellent professional treatment and how it has affected their rivalry on the pitch in their growth with the step of the years. “I admire a lot what Messi has done. He already said publicly when I left the Spanish League that he” felt sorry “, because he liked that rivalry. Messi had already admitted about the last three Champions that we had won that he felt a bit annoying. It’s normal, just like I would have liked to win titles he won with Barcelona ”

A healthy rivalry “It’s a good rivalry that exists in football, but it’s not unique. Michael Jordan had them in basketball, Ayrton Senna and Prost in Formula 1 … What they all had in common is that they were healthy rivalries. I have an excellent professional relationship with Messi because we have been sharing the same moments for 15 years, “Cristiano also clarified that Messi is as competitive and ambitious as he is, even in individual trophies. “When he sees me win trophies it must hurt, and the same for me when he does. I admire the career he has had,” Cristiano settled. Ronaldo even dared to say that he would share a table and tablecloth with Messi: “We have never had dinner together, but I don’t see why we can’t do it in the future. He’s Argentine, my girlfriend too, that’s why I don’t see any problem,” he concluded. .

Europa League final 2019, Chelsea vs Arsenal


Chelsea and Arsenal will play on Wednesday May 29 the final of the UEFA Europa League, will be the first act of an end of international season in Europe marked British court.

The final of the Champions League will also face two representatives of the Premier League, Tottenham and Liverpool. Arsenal participates in the Europa League from the group stage. In the same led the group E, against Sporting of Portugal, the Ukrainian Vorskia Poltava, and the Qarabaj of Azerbaijan. In the knockout phase they beat Belarusian BATE Borisov (1-0 and 0-3), the French Stade Rennais (defeat 3-1 in France and triumph 3-0 in London), Naples (2-0 and 0-1) and to Valencia (3-1 and 2-4). In total, 12 wins and a draw. Chelsea also played the Europa League since the group stage.

He also scored five wins and a draw against BATE Borisov, Videoton, and PAOK Thessaloniki. In the elimination phase, they defeated Malmoe (2-1 and 3-0), Dinamo Kiev (3-0 and 5-0), Slavia Praga (1-0 and 4-3) and Eintracht Frankfurt (double 1-1 and 4-3 on penalties) .Internationally, Chelsea have won the 2012 Champions League and the Europa League 2013. Earlier, they won the 1971 and 1998 Cups, and the Super Cup that same year. In his rows they play this year the Spaniards Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcos Alonso and Pedro, with Maurizio Sarri like trainer. The international palmares of the Arsenal is smaller. Figural in him the Recopa de Europa of 1994 and the Fairs Cup of 1970. He coaches the Spanish Unai Emery, and in the squad Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Denis Suárez.In the matches played this year in the Premier League has there was a distribution of triumphs. Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2, and this 2-0 in the return match. Time and TV channel to watch the UEFA Champions League final Chelsea – Arsenal The 2019 UEFA Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal will be played on Wednesday, May 29

The new Champions would be in the hands of the richest clubs


The proposal of the new Champions League favors the richest clubs from the year 2024
The most modest teams and domestic competitions could be relegated

The project of the new Champions League, from the year 2024, could be in the hands of the richest clubs in Europe, as revealed by ‘The New York Times’.

The proposal of the new Champions goes through a tournament that would start in 2024 and would allow the 24 best teams in a Champions League of a total of 32 to automatically qualify for the next season, guaranteeing their participation and the tens of millions of euros in television revenue.

In this way, the competition would be dominated by an elite group formed by the richest clubs and would leave only four of its 32 seats available to teams considered small.

This new Champions would also consider the domestic competitions of each country almost irrelevant, a situation that has already created a confrontation between the own teams of the Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.

Substantial changes are focused on a longer group stage, with four groups of eight teams qualifying for the next round the best four and looking for more matches between elite clubs on even weekend dates, reserved for national leagues.

The champions of the low profile leagues, such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal and Eastern Europe, would be relegated to a second level of 32 teams and there would even be a third division with 64 teams, something that has already motivated the concern of the small and medium clubs, upset by the fact that the biggest clubs in Europe monopolize the biggest financial prizes.
“We are open to a constructive dialogue to reform European football, together with other stakeholders, but if this is the project on the table, then the margins for negotiations are very limited,” Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga, announced. ‘The Times’.

Valverde: “Liverpool tries to overwhelm you in 15 minutes and many times it gets it”


Barça coach says that the league already won gives them more confidence and warns of the offensive dynamite of the European rival
Conquered LaLiga ahead of time, the club is now focused on the Champions League, in the electric semifinals eliminator that will measure him with Klopp’s Liverpool. “Playing after winning LaLiga gives you a lot of confidence and more desire. We want the match to come and learn from the mistakes of the past because the most beautiful is yet to come, “said Ivan Rakitic. Liverpool, however, also plays in the Premier and will go to Newcastle in the duel of the European intermission. “Having to play the Premier keeps you in a high competitive tone and there is only one match between the first leg and the second leg. But we have some margin and maybe they a little less. Although it is a Champions semifinal and here everyone is going to be very put, “Valverde decided.

Winner Madrid in the last three editions of the Orejona, Barcelona looks askance at the possibility of rising also in Europe and be able to sign his third triplet in history, milestone never achieved by anyone. “It’s 180 minutes and you’re playing it with a team that has solid arguments like you. But we have already played against rivals of this depth and we face it with enthusiasm, “said Valverde. This is what Rakitic sees: “We do not demand it. But we really want and we want to enjoy what’s left. The pressure, as always, there is plenty and we understand. But we want to make a great game through our game. ” The Barça coach added: “There is no obligation for anyone. There is the illusion of getting it. ”
Liverpool is not a simple opponent, it has a counter area, able to play with the pressure and make the withdrawal at any height of the field. “It is a very powerful team, with an extraordinary front, with a high level of pressure and rhythm. Something that Klopp had in Dortmund and that has transmitted to Liverpool. They have only lost one game in their league and that says a lot, “reflected Valverde. And he continued with his praises: “It is a team that pushes you towards your goal, with a very sticky pressure. They have a collective game that feeds the three top players. High pressure, with high defense and try to steal the ball to be able to launch their media as well. If they have space they can do you a lot of damage. That’s why we do not have to have misconceptions. In 15 minutes he tries to overwhelm you and he gets it many times “. Rakitic, however, does not care about the rival approach but the virtues of his teammates. “Each team has their way of playing and Liverpool is done. We all know how Salah and company play. But we must think about our game and let them think about our football in the end. ”

Counts the Barça, in any case, with a Messi in its best version. “Leo has rested more than others in this month,” acknowledged the mister. Because it was not necessary to prevail in LaLiga and because it is known that he has the Champions in the eyebrows since he called it “that beautiful cup”. Rakitic is clear: “When our captain says something, others are to follow the path he sees. They saw their desire to lift the League Cup. With him like that, we still have more desire and we want to go for everything “. He added: “Leo has four Champions. I do not think he’s going to be nervous. He goes ahead and we follow him. ” A Leo, in addition, who was awarded with the Creu de Sant Jordi. “Leo is a genius that transcends football. This is what Messi means for the Catalans, as well as for his behavior, attitude and for what he does playing and for his commitment to Catalan society, “argued Valverde. And, of course, has the 10 to give a good account of Liverpool.