In the most recent gala hosted by UEFA, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo once again shared each other's company. The pair are no strangers when it comes to award shows as they often make up two of the top three. This time they were both beaten to the award by Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk who was named 'The Best' player for last season.
Before the winner was announced, Cristiano told onlookers that he would like to have dinner with Messi one day. Despite the rivalry between each player's respective fan bases, the two have mutual, professional respect for the other. In an exclusive interview with SPORT, Messi has now revealed the answer to the question: Would you accept Cristiano's dinner invitation?
"Yes, I don’t have any problem with that. I’ve always said that I don’t have any issue with him. We might not be friends because we’ve never shared a dressing room together but I always see him at award shows and there’s no problem."
"We actually spoke with each other for quite a long time at the most recent show. I don’t know if there will be a dinner because I don’t know if our paths will cross for obvious reasons, each one of us has our own life and our own commitments. But obviously I would accept the invitation".