The former Barcelona forward thinks the club’s current No.10 would not be as good if it wasn’t for his rivalry with the Real Madrid star
Barcelona icon Patrick Kluivert believes Lionel Messi “needs” a rival like Cristiano Ronaldo to bring the best out of him.
The Argentine has rocketed back to his best form in 2015, winning the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey in a euphoric season at Camp Nou.
Messi’s performances have seen him installed as heavy favourite to win January’s Ballon d’Or, which Real Madrid’s Ronaldo has won the previous two years.
Their status as the two best players in the world playing for Spanish arch-rivals has elevated their rivalry – something that former Barca forward Kluivert thinks has been essential for Messi’s successes.
“Messi is in a different dimension with his football, but I also think he urgently needs someone like Cristiano Ronaldo,” the 39-year-old told Voetbal Zone.
“He needs someone who gives him an incentive to go for it every game, to see each match as a challenge. Both players are world class and a level above the rest.