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The game will mark the first time Ronaldo has not begun a Serie A game since he joined Juventus in the summer.

The void that has been left at Real Madrid following Cristiano Ronaldo's exit earlier this year should serve as a warning to FC Barcelona, according to a former Blaugrana player.

"If I'm honest, I don't give much importance to it although it is a big prize".

And, while Messi said he believes a reunion for the pair in Spain is unlikely, he would be delighted should it happen.

"For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy".

"PSG are not going to let Neymar get taken away".

"I'm at the best team in the world".

Messi, 31, scored 45 goals and registered 18 assists in 54 games to win the domestic double with the Spanish side and earn a record fifth European Golden Shoe award. My challenges are renewed year after year.

In a wide-ranging interview with Marca, Messi spoke highly of Pep and while admitting a reunion would be "complicated", he would like the chance to work with the Catalan tactician once more. I am at home and I do not need to change, " Messi told Marca. I don't need to change team or league to find new objectives.

The Brazilian spent four successful seasons at the Camp Nou, winning La Liga twice and the Champions League once, before deciding to move on in order to escape the shadows of Messi.

"It was a very healthy rivalry in which the two of us wanted to improve ourselves day in day out to do the best for our team. There were so many teams and I heard less about Juve but it is a very good team", Messi had said. "He is one of the best coaches in the world", he said.

Messi also said that he isn't surprised about Real Madrid suffering in the absence of Ronaldo in the ongoing La Liga season.

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