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Messi heaps praise on Ronaldo

Ronaldo is expected to win the best player in the world for 2013.
By Justin Salhani   |   Nov. 22, 2013 at 2:56 AM   |   Comments

Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Argentina soccer star Lionel Messi has praised rival Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid forward scored three goals to qualify Portugal for the World Cup.

“I was very happy for him when he scored those goals,” Messi said. “It’s just great when the best teams compete in Brazil, and Cristiano has had a great scoring rate for many years now. He plays at an outstanding level."

Praise between what are considered to be the two best players in the world is rare.

"He is always there scoring goals in all the games and taking part in his club and national side," Messi told Marca.

[ESPN Soccernet]

[Football365]

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