Cristiano Ronaldo believes winning the Champions League with multiple clubs is the achievement that separates his career from rival Lionel Messi.
Both players have won five Ballon d’Or awards, lifted four Champions League titles each during their respective spells with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, and are considered among the greatest players of all time.
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- Career goals at club level: Ronaldo (601) – Messi (614)
- International goals: Ronaldo (88) – Messi (84)
- Major club honours: Ronaldo (16) – Messi (20)
- International honours: Ronaldo (2) – Messi (0)
- Ballon d’Or awards: Ronaldo (5) – Messi (5)
However, Ronaldo sits ahead of Messi on total Champions League winners medals, having secured an additional triumph in 2008 during his time with Premier League outfit Manchester United.
The Portugal international has also won league titles in England and Italy, as well as two major honours at international level: Euro 2016 and the inaugural Uefa Nations League.
And it is the success across multiple teams which Ronaldo feels gives him the edge over his great rival.
Speaking on DAZN’s documentary, ‘The Making Of’, Ronaldo said (as per the Daily Mail): “The difference with Messi is that I played for several clubs and won the Champions League with different clubs.
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“I was top scorer in the Champions League six seasons in a row. There aren’t many players who won five Champions League trophies, so this is why I feel that I can identify myself with this tournament.
“Messi is an excellent player who will be remembered not just for his Ballon d’Or wins, but also for having improved – like me – year after year.
“I wake up every morning with the idea in my head of training with the objective of achieving something more, not just to earn money.
“Thank God, I don’t lack money, so what I want to earn is a place in the history of football.”
Ronaldo, 34, is looking to help Juventus win a ninth straight Serie A title this season, while Messi’s Barcelona are looking to seal a fifth La Liga title in six years. Both will also have further Champions League success firmly in their thoughts.