Messi: Cristiano Ronaldo makes Juventus Champions League favourites

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has claimed that Juventus must be regarded as "a clear favourite" fo Champions League glory this season following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi and Ronaldo have been regarded as the two best players in the world for a decade now, but the added El Clasico element of the perennial rivalry ended this summer when the latter joined Juve after nine years with Real Madrid.

Messi admitted that he was "surprised" at the move and believes that Madrid will be weaker for losing his fellow five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

"Obviously they (Madrid) are one of the best teams in the world, they have great players and squad but yes the departure of Cristiano from the squad makes them less strong," Messi said.

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