Lionel Messi admitted he was “impressed” by how well Cristiano Ronaldo started his life at Manchester United this season.
After a 12-year absence from the Premier League, Ronaldo sealed a legendary return to Old Trafford last summer as he joined Juventus for an initial £ 12million.
The Portuguese forward has scored nine goals in 14 appearances for the Red Devils, although the club had a poor start to the season which culminated with the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last weekend.
Messi also changed squads over the summer, leaving Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain due to financial problems at his childhood club.
The Argentine, who has scored four goals in nine games at PSG, praised his big rival for the way he has come back to life in English football.
“United are a very strong team with great players,” he told Marca.
“Cristiano already knew the club, but it was at another stage and now he has adapted in an impressive way.
“From the start he scored goals like always and had no problem adjusting. In the Premier League, things are not as we all thought, but it is a very difficult competition and even one in which things take a lot of turns. After December, things change a lot and anything can happen.
Messi also touched on contenders for this year’s Champions League crown and called Liverpool a club that poses a big threat to the title.
When asked which teams he thought they were running to win it, the Argentinian added: “Today Liverpool are doing very well, they are once again the Liverpool who won the Champions League.
” Then there is [Manchester] City, Bayern [Munich], [Real] Madrid, Atlético [Madrid]…
“There are a lot of teams that can fight for this Champions League, which is one of the most balanced and competitive in recent years because there are several teams that can choose to win it.”