Ronaldo denies calling Messi a 'motherf***er"

Cristiano Ronaldo (AFP)
Cristiano Ronaldo (AFP)
Cape Town - Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at a Spanish journalist's claims that the Portugal star calls Lionel Messi a 'motherf***er'.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague made the sensational claim in his new book "MESSI" which is being serialised by the Telegraph.

Balague wrote: " Ronaldo, perhaps as a symptom of the immaturity that marks so many footballers, thinks it necessary to put on a brave face in front of his team-mates, not be scared of Messi and to rise to the challenge. All very macho; all very false."

"And that is why, according to some Real Madrid players, CR7 has a nickname for him: ‘motherf----r’;"

Balague goes further on the subject with the claim that anyone speaking to Messi is also branded with the crude nickname. 

Balague wrote: "and if he sees someone from the club speaking to Leo, he also ends up being baptised ‘motherf----r’."

Ronaldo took to Facebook to deny Balague's claims:

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