TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 07: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates with his teammates after he scores his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Juventus and Manchester United at Juventus Stadium on November 7, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi feels Juventus have stepped up a notch with the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo and went on to tip them as a ‘great candidate’ to win the Champions League.

Both players rivalry back then in the La Liga was keenly contested until Ronaldo decided to take up another challenge in the Serie A following a mega €112m to Juve last summer.

“Being in the same League as him and competing with his team to win everything was very nice,” he told Football Italia via Marca.

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Rafael believes his Lyon team-mate Memphis Depay has the potential to reach the level of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar if he adds consistency to his game.

“Cristiano was a great player for La Liga and Real Madrid. Our clashes with them were very beautiful, but I always aim to win with my team.

“Any team would miss Cristiano because he always scores lots of goals and gives you many other things on the field, but Real Madrid are still a great club with excellent players.

“Juventus are a very good team. They already were before and with the arrival of Cristiano they’re much more so. They’re a great candidate for the Champions League.”