Published: Fri, December 28, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Cristiano Ronaldo to be rested vs Atalanta Massimiliano Allegri confirms

Cristiano Ronaldo to be rested vs Atalanta Massimiliano Allegri confirms

Cruyff, a former Netherlands global, said Ronaldo - like Messi at Barca - was holding Madrid together.

Ronaldo's move from Manchester United to Real in 2009 gave rise to one of the most-talked-about rivalries in modern football as the former Red Devils star and Messi as they became the major attractions in La Liga.

"What happened to Madrid is a warning for Barca", Cruyff said, before adding, "Madrid players are still great, but in football you need that player who even losing 2-0 you think you can win".

Ronaldo ended his nine year reign with Real Madrid this summer and joined the Italian champions to begin a new challenge in the Serie A. "Like me, accept the challenge".

Messi, in an interview with Marca, has insisted he does not need to change.

"It doesn't surprise me that they miss him but that doesn't stop Madrid being one of the best teams in the world with great players".

Messi finished fifth in the final standings, behind Modric, France World Cup winners Antoine Griezman and Kylian Mbappe as well as long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo to be rested vs Atalanta Massimiliano Allegri confirms

"My challenges are renewed year after year. I am at home and I do not need to change".

Not to mention the Ballon d'Or.

Messi, 31, scored 45 goals and registered 18 assists in 54 games to win the domestic double with the Spanish side and earn a record fifth European Golden Shoe award.

"I heard the nominees and I knew I wasn't going to be there [in the fight]".

"It was a very healthy rivalry in which the two of us wanted to improve ourselves day in day out to do the best for our team".

"I love football, but family is above all", the Argentine stated.

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