Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has claimed that Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Juventus attacker Cristiano Ronaldo are to be praised due to their great achievements in their career.

The pair have dominated world football for the past decade as they won five Ballon d’Or each.

The Portuguese superstar, who joined Juventus in the summer, had helped Real Madrid to three successive Champions League trophies.

Guardiola, who managed Messi at Barcelona between 2008 and 2012, believes both Messi and Ronaldo deserves honour due to their work.

“Leo is a competitive, fierce animal,” Guardiola said at Festival dello Sport.

“That helps others to be competitive. He hates to lose and plays like when he was a kid.”

“In big matches, if the team helps him, he makes the difference.”

“Together with Cristiano [Ronaldo] we have lived and are living an era of two phenomena.”

“They have spent 10 years scoring 50 goals a season. It’s incredible.”

“It’s not one year, it’s year after year, more and more.”

Ronaldo helped Los Blancos to win 15 trophies including four Champions League titles and two La Liga titles in nine seasons at Santiago Bernabeu.

And Messi managed to win 33 titles including four Champions League trophies and nine La Liga titles in 15 seasons.

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