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.
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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