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Jan, 26, 2011

Ronaldo: I'm not obsessed with Messi

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo insists he is not jealous of Lionel Messi and stressed that he doesn't "have an obsession" with the Barcelona ace.

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Ronaldo and Messi have both been in exceptional form for their respective clubs this season; the explosive Portuguese forward has netted 32 goals in 31 games, while 2009 and 2010 World Player of the Year Messi has scored 30 in 28 games.

The pair's goalscoring records are spectacular, but it would seem Messi - who boasts 14 assists on top of his 19 goals in 17 La Liga games - has more to celebrate at the moment with Barcelona still ahead of Real at the top of the Primera Division.

The Argentinian maestro also claimed the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or earlier this month, while Ronaldo missed out on the final shortlist - though he did retain his place in the FIFA World XI.

But despite missing out on recent individual awards, Ronaldo says he holds no ill-feeling towards Messi and insists that he is solely focused on his own target of winning silverware with Real this season.

"I don't have an obsession or a direct rivalry with Messi," Ronaldo told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I feel the same way about other players. But, one thing is certain: I want to be the best of all footballers.

"I don't envy Messi at all. My priority is to win La Liga and the Champions League with Real Madrid, not Ballon d'Or awards."

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