Pique thinks Messi rivalry has improved Ronaldo

Ronaldo and Messi are widely regarded as the two best players in world football and are set to renew acquaintances when Barcelona host Real in the first Clasico of the season on Saturday.

Barca striker Messi has beaten Ronaldo to the last four Ballon d'Or titles and the duo appear poised to be in the running for this year's prize, with the shortlist set be announced next Tuesday.

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