Now, his fierce rival, Lionel Messi has admitted he wishes Ronaldo was still in La Liga.
‘I miss Cristiano,’ Messi told FM Club 947 in Argentina. ‘Although it was a bit difficult to see him win trophies, he gave La Liga prestige.
‘Juventus are a great candidate to win the Champions League since the arrival of Cristiano, and the match against Atleti must have given them a lot of confidence.’
The Barcelona captain also went on to name a list of players who he feels are at the top of their game at the moment.
‘I don’t want to forget anyone, but I think that Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe, [Eden] Hazard, Luis Suarez and [Sergio] Aguero are the best,’ he added.
‘I didn’t mention Cristiano because I put him aside from the list with me.’
‘Somebody says whatever they want to say about me and then people believe it and I’m painted as the son of a b****,’ he said.
‘It has become the custom to say things about me. They invent things about me when I am not there. Nothing surprises me.
‘The truth is I came back to the Argentina team with a pubis injury that I have been carrying since December and I have been training less and not playing all games.
‘Pubis injuries are complicated; you cannot shake them off from one day to the next. I feel better but I have to take care of myself.
‘I wanted to play both games with Argentina but after the first game I had some pain and I decided to rest so as not to aggravate the injury. It is improving all the time but it is not completely cleared up.’