Brazilian legend Ronaldo has taken a dig at Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi following his team’s elimination from the Champions League.
Ronaldo, who played for both Barca and Real Madrid, believes the other players are deserving of more respect in the shadow of superstar Messi who is rarely blamed when Barcelona goes down this after their elimination from the competition was pinned on coach Ernesto Valverde and Phillipe Coutinho.
"Barcelona have a great team, and they have the best player in the world in Messi," Ronaldo said. The other day I heard that when they lose, it's because of Valverde, Coutinho... but not Messi. And when they win, Barcelona wins because of Messi. It's a tremendous lack of respect to all the players and the coaching staff."
Messi and Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday, the LaLiga holders surrendering a 3-0 first-leg advantage in a stunning 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
Reflecting on the match, Ronaldo added: "When a team are a lot more motivated, with an intensity that is noticeably greater than that of their opponents, [the comeback] can happen.
"Liverpool's intensity was not a surprise for Barcelona, but they lacked a bit of luck. The first leg was a great match by Barcelona, with an exceptional performance by Messi, but in the return fixture, Liverpool overwhelmed them with intensity, desire and clinical nature."