Messi tips Juve to win Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah

Talking about the three finalists for this years' FIFA Best player award, Ronaldo the top scorer at Champions League gets a bit extra prominence as well as he lifted this trophy as well.

Messi has won four Champions League titles to Ronaldo's five although the Argentine's last win came back in 2015.

"I was surprised, I didn't imagine him leaving Madrid or that he would go to Juve because there was talk of many clubs (interested)", he told Catalunya Radio.

Luka Modric also enjoyed a superb season for Real Madrid, helping the Galacticos with their Champions League triumph, and also the Croatia national team, in particular, helping his country reach the world cup final.

Now Messi's absence from the shortlist opens the way for Ronaldo, also a five-time victor of the award, to move ahead in their personal battle.

We have been knocked out in the quarter-finals in the last three seasons.

The Camp Nou giants restored domestic dominance last season, securing a La Liga and Copa del Rey double.

"It's time to win the Champions League", Messi said.

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"We have done okay but it is only the start and we have three weeks ahead with the Champions League".

Many feel that Modric was a deserving victor but the decision hasn't gone down well with Ronaldo's entourage.

Messi believes the lure of Barcelona and Real Madrid is now being neutralised by the mouth-watering sums on offer.

Ronaldo now owns 51 per cent of the shares of the club.

He said: 'After talking to the player, and after he moved to Juventus with all the processes of adaptation that entails, we understand it was best for him to not be present for these games'.

"It surprised me [when he left]".

Dalic continued: "He is the kind of player that only thinks 'no matter if we lose, the only thing that matters is that I score a goal!'".

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