Argentina forward, Lionel Messi thinks Madrid are a weaker team without Ronaldo and that Juventus are now one of the favorites to win the Champions League.
Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi has weighed in on Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus.
The Argentine Superstar considers Real Madrid a ‘less good’ side after the departure of Ronaldo. While also agreeing that Juventus are now a top contender for the Champions League title.
Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus in a €112 million(£101m) after nine years with Madrid were he battled for supremacy with Messi in the Spanish top flight.
Speaking to Catalunya Radio Messi said : “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.”
Still speaking on Ronaldo’s departure, Messi added: “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.”
While Ronaldo might have left the Primera Division, Messi is actually happy with the new additions to the Barcelona squad.
Arthur, Clement Lenglet, Malcom and Arturo Vidal all joined Barcelona in the last transfer win and Messi thinks they’ve improved the squad.
“I didn’t know much about Arthur before [he joined], but he’s really similar to Xavi.
“He’s really safe and reliable [on the ball]. He has the style of a player that’s come through La Masia. He plays well over short distances, he doesn’t lose the ball… He’s got to grips really quickly with the team’s dynamic.”
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had a flying start to the La Liga season, collected maximum points from their opening three games of the season.