Ronaldo left Real Madrid after nine years in the summer, signing for Italian giants Juventus, which all but ended his long-term rivalry with the Argentine.

Since leaving La Liga Ronaldo has been continually asked to discuss Messi – and vice versa – and earlier in the season set the Barcelona star a challenge.

The Portuguese said: “I played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, in the national team, while he is still in Spain. Maybe he needs me more.

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“For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy. I would like him to come to Italy one day. Like me, accept the challenge.”

Cristiano Ronaldo challenged Lionel Messi to leave Barcelona (Image: REUTERS)

Messi opted against replying to Ronaldo, but was recently put on the spot and asked whether he’d ever consider a move to Italy.

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His response, however, made clear his feelings.

“Accepting Ronaldo’s challenge to join Italian football? I don’t need any change,” the Barcelona forward told Marca.

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Messi has no intention of leaving Spain for a new challenge in Italy (Image: REUTERS)

“I’m at the best team in the world. My challenges are renewed year after year. I do not need to change teams or leagues to set new goals. I am at home and I do not need to change.”

That settles that then.