I Do Not Fear Lionel Messi, I Respect Him - Cristiano Ronaldo

The Champions League final will not be about a game between two players, but Cristiano Ronaldo admits that he is a big fan of Lionel Messi...
Cristiano Ronaldo is relishing the prospect of testing himself against Barcelona in the Champions League final - and against Lionel Messi - but he is not fearful of the Argentinian.

The game in Rome is being billed as a showdown between the two best teams and the two best players as the English champions meet la Primera Division winners.

While the media continue to hype the game up, Ronaldo was keen to play down his and Messi's roles in the game, and stated that he is a big fan of the Barca trickster.

"It is not good to go on to the pitch in awe of somebody but I very much respect Lionel Messi as a player," he is quoted as saying by the News of the World.

"He has a great style of play and I am sure he will be as excited about the final as I am."

Manchester United are confident that they can win the Champions League for the second consecutive year and Ronaldo embodies that belief.

"This year, it is the final between the two best teams in the world and I think it is the showpiece that, perhaps, the football fan wanted to see," he continued.

"They have an excellent player in every position on the pitch but so do we. We know how well we have to play to beat them and we know how much respect we need to show them by playing to the top of our ability.

"But we are full of confidence at the moment and believe we can be the first team to win it back-to-back."

Lucas Brown, Goal.com