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Real Madrid aren't good without Ronaldo - Lionel Messi

Lionel has revealed he was surprised to see Cristiano Ronaldo move to Juventus.


Cristiano Ronaldo decided to leave Real Madrid for Juventus in July bringing an end to his nine-year stay with the club. Many fans were shocked by the move and even some of his teammates couldn't believe he was leaving.

However, Real Madrid has started the season very well even with the departure of their star man. Lionel Messi has now spoken about Ronaldo's move and also reveal Real Madrid are not good without the Portugal captain.

Speaking with Spanish outlet Catalunya Radio, He said:

'Real madrid are one of the best teams in the world and they have a great squad.'

'But it's evident that the absence of Ronaldo makes them less good and makes Juventus one of the clear favourites to win the Champions League.'

'It surprised me when he left. I didn't imagine him leaving Madrid or joining Juventus.'

'There were a lot of teams that wanted him. It surprised me, but he has gone to a very good team.'

Lionel Messi also spoke about Barcelona new signing Arturo Vidal comparing him to Xavi and reveal the midfielder is a type of player who doesn't lose the ball.

'I didn't know about Arthur before he joined, but he's really similar to Xavi,' he said

'He's really safe and reliable in possession. he has the style of a player who has come through La Masia.'

'He plays well over short distances, he doesn't lose the ball. He's got to grips really quickly with the teams's dynamic.'

'Barca fans always want players with good feet. We defend with the ball. Players like Arturo Vidal are necessary. He's the type of player who does everything well, with the ball and also with the muscle that he has.'

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