Cristiano Ronaldo has slammed former Xavi Hernandez after the Barcelona captain claimed he (Ronaldo) has bad luck to be playing in the same era as Lionel Messi.
Xavi had hailed the Ronaldo and described him as an elite player, but posited that the Portugal captain was unlucky to be around at the same time as the Argentina star.
Ronaldo has however gone on to launch a tirade on Xavi, following his latest comments.
“The most searched for player on the Internet is me,” Ronaldo was quoted by the Daily Mail. “Those that want to appear on front covers [of newspapers] or promote things speak about me.
“What does it matter to me what Xavi says? He plays where? In Qatar or [somewhere], I don’t know.
“He’s won everything but he’s never won a Ballon d’Or. I have three.”
In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena Ser earlier in the week, Xavi had said: ‘”Only a fool could have played football and not recognise Cristiano is an elite footballer. But he just has had bad luck to be around at the same time as Leo.”