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Antonio Cassano reveals Cristiano Ronaldo sent him texts in relation to Lionel Messi comparison

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United in the summer
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United in the summer / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Former Real Madrid and Italy star, Antonio Cassano has made a huge claim, revealing that footballing suoerstar, Cristiano Ronaldo sent him raging text messages following his comments ranking him compared to Lionel Messi, who recently won his seventh Ballon d'Or award.

Messi beat out competition from the likes of Bayern Munich hitman, Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho for the honour, which means that the Argentina skipper has won two more awards that his long-term rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cassano for his part has made his stance clear when it comes to Messi and his comparison to Ronaldo and the Italian has now revealed that the 36-year-old had sent him text messages asking him to show him "respect".

"The other day, after Bobo TV, I saw a text from a Spanish number. Four long texts. Let’s see if he [Ronaldo] confirms it because I also forwarded them to Gigi [Buffon], who told me he had given my number to Cristiano," he told Bobo TV.

"He told me that I had to respect him, I had to respect the goals he had scored, what he had won and what he represents. I fear nobody and I replied to him writing that I had just said the truth: there is only one Ronaldo and Messi is better than him. He [Ronaldo] continued saying that he has money. He scored more many goals in his career, while I had only scored 150.

"Cristiano has everything in life. He should take it easy and be relaxed rather than see what people say about him. He should be like Messi and be more relaxed. "This is the truth, I called Buffon and told him too, I told Giorgio Chiellini as well. I’ve never disrespected him, as a man or as a footballer. I don’t like him, there are 50 players I like more than he, so what?"

Despite falling behind Messi in the Ballon d'Or award race, Ronaldo has been brilliant ever since returning back to Manchester United, scoring 12 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions so far.