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Cristiano Ronaldo rejects claims he has vile nickname for Lionel Messi

A new book suggested the Real Madrid player referred to his great rival with an offensive term

Simon Rice
Wednesday 12 November 2014 12:12
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo has angrily rejected claims that he uses a vile nickname for his great rival Lionel Messi and has said his lawyers will take action against the perpetrators of the reports.

A new book by Spanish journalist Guillem Balague claimed that the Real Madrid forward referred to the Barcelona player as 'motherf*****'. It was also suggested that he used the term for anyone who spoke to Messi.

Balague goes on to claim that his Real Madrid team-mates compare Messi to a "dog" and a "puppet".

Ronaldo has since taken to Facebook to deny the allegations and insists he has nothing but respect for Messi.

"News is circulating that I allegedly made offending remarks regarding Lionel Messi," wrote the 29-year-old.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

He continued: "This is absolutely false and I have assured my lawyer takes action to sue those responsible. I have the utmost respect for all my professional colleagues, and Messi is obviously no exception."

For the past few years, Ronaldo and Messi have been involved in a dual to be recognised as the greatest player on the planet. Messi was crowned winner of the Ballon d'Or for four years in a row until Ronaldo wrestled it back for his second in January. With a stunning 18 goals in 10 La Liga games so far this term, Ronaldo is the strong favourite to retain the trophy.

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