Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted that he sees himself as a better player than Lionel Messi thanks to his history of winning trophies at a number of different clubs – including Champions League titles with Manchester United and Real Madrid.


Now plying his trade with Juventus, Ronaldo has spread his career across spells at Sporting CP, Manchester United and – most successfully – Real Madrid.

During that time, the 34-year-old international has secured six league titles, five Champions League triumphs, as well as winning the European Championship and Nations League with Portugal, whereas ​Messi is yet to win any honours with Argentina. 


Such a distinguished career among some of Europe's greatest sides is key to settling the never-ending debate, suggested the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.


“The difference with Messi is that I played for several clubs and won the Champions League with different clubs,” said Ronaldo in his DAZN documentary ‘The Making Of’, via the ​Mirror“I was top scorer in the Champions League six seasons in a row. There aren’t many players who won five Champions League trophies, so this is why I feel that I can identity myself with this tournament."


Currently, ​Ronaldo is has the upper hand on Messi in terms of Champions League successes, with the 32-year-old one behind on four titles in the competition.

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Undoubtedly one of the finest players to grace the game, in any era, Ronaldo still took time to heap praise on his former ​La Liga rival, with the pair spending nine seasons battling it out against each other when at ​Madrid and ​Barcelona respectively.


He added: "Messi is an excellent player who will be remembered not just for his Ballon d’Or wins, but also for having improved – like me – year after year."