Real Madrid star Ronaldo: Messi rivalry created by media

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo says he's not bothered in the reported rivalry with Barcelona ace Lionel Messi.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo says he's not bothered in the reported rivalry with Barcelona ace Lionel Messi.

Both are on a 23-man shortlist compiled by FIFA's football committee and experts from France Football magazine.

"(The rivalry) is a question of the media," he told France Football.

"We constantly face it to sell more papers and improve television audiences.

"The truth is I'm a little tired of it. It's a little heavy but I'm used to it. I don't like to compare myself with others.

"Messi and I are different, that's for sure.

"I respect him a lot.

"Messi can win (the Balon d'Or) but so can Xavi or Iniesta. And we cannot forget (Didier) Drogba or Falcao. They can also receive the trophy."

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