The Blaugrana’s 4-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield saw the Catalans crash out of the Champions League in embarrassing fashion for the second year in a row, and the former Brazil striker is adamant that the other players deserve respect.
“Barcelona have a great team, and they have the best player in the world in Messi,” Ronaldo said at an event for Santander Bank.
“The other day I heard that when they lose, it’s because of Valverde, Coutinho… but not Messi.
“And when they win, Barcelona win because of Messi.
“It’s a tremendous lack of respect to all the players and the coaching staff.”
Ronaldo, who is now a majority shareholder in Real Valladolid, was not surprised to see Liverpool come out victorious on Tuesday night after seeing their intensity on the pitch.
“When a team are a lot more motivated, with an intensity that is noticeably greater than that of their opponents, [the comeback] can happen,” added Ronaldo.
“Liverpool’s intensity was not a surprise for Barcelona, but they lacked a bit of luck.
“The first leg was a great match by Barcelona, with an exceptional performance by Messi, but in the return fixture, Liverpool overwhelmed them with intensity, desire and a clinical nature.”