Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi is not surprised by Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent Serie A scoring streak for Juventus as he praised the striker’s capacity to discover the back of the net.
Ronaldo has scored in eleven straight league games for his Italian club in spite of turning 35 this month and has an outstanding 24 goals to his name this season.
Messi, meanwhile, has long past four matches barring a goal however has contributed six assists in his three most recent appearances for the Catalans.
Though both players have continually been prolific in the front of goal, Messi believes Ronaldo has made scoring his obsession and isn’t always surprised to see the Portuguese Star man continue to fire in the final third.
“It’s regular that he continues to score, he is a predatory striker, he loves to score, any day he performs he will score,” Messi told Mundo Deportivo when asked about Ronaldo’s recent performances.
“He has many true attributes as a forward and at the minimum he converts.”
Messi himself has struck 14 times throughout just 19 La Liga games this season for Barcelona as he also shows he nevertheless has an eye for goal at the age of 32.
Former teammate Carles Puyol currently backed the Argentina attacker to play on till he is 38, with Messi himself admitting he’s feeling good in spite of his advancing age.
“The fact is that one is turning years old and does not know, but I experience very good, better than in previous years, and that I am not making goals, however on a physical level and legs I feel very good,” he said.
Asked if he could play on till he’s 40, Messi replied: “We will see, we will see.”
Barcelona are currently one point shy of Real Madrid in the race for the La Liga title this season and Messi believes the hostilities for first will go down to the wire.
“It is authentic that it is a year that in the league both Madrid and we are being very irregular, the place we lost many points and in that experience I think we will be fighting until the end and that the league does not end after El Classico, something happens,” Messi said.
“There will be vital matches. We have difficult outings and they do too.
“Afterwards, it is true that if we favor to qualify for the Champions League we have to proceed growing a lot, because I assume that these days it is not sufficient for us to fight for the Champions League.”