It’s been the debate for the last decade, and still we are no closer to an answer. Who is better Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?
It’s just so hard to compare two equally brilliant footballers, who are both totally different in their skill sets. However, we have gathered together nine quotes from players who have played with both of these great players to see if they can help settle the argument.
Here are what they have had to say over the years …
“Cristiano had to work and prepare himself to be the best, while for Leo it comes naturally. Those are the greatest differences that I see between the two best players on the planet. Messi plays another sport. For Messi to score three goals [in any given game] is normal.” – Carlos Tevez
“Messi is always the best, he’s the best every year. Cristiano Ronaldo’s a special player, but Messi’s from another planet. There are no words to describe Messi, he always surprises you.” – Angel Di Maria
“I do not like to compare them out of respect. I will never answer it. I’m Portuguese and I have affection for Cristiano, as much as I do for Messi, who is my teammate at Barcelona.” – Andre Gomes
“For me it’s like Messi is not human but Cristiano is the best of the humans.” – Gerard Pique
“When people ask me who is the best player ever, I say Leo. From the first time I saw him with Argentina U-15 to this day he continues to amaze me. He has no limit.” – Ezequiel Garay
“Cristiano is unlucky to be playing at the same time as Messi. Ronaldo is a very good player, but Messi is even better.
“He is from out of this world. He’s so good that it’s almost incredible. When you see him with the ball at his feet it’s hard to believe that anybody else could do the same. He’s a fantastic player to see.” – Henrik Larsson
“Cristiano Ronaldo has drive and enviable self-discipline. He’s an obsessive. As long as he has not reached the goal he has put in his head, he does not stop trying.
“Leo is inexplicable. Footballistically, he does not come from this planet. And as a person, he leads such a quiet life that is admirable.” – Gabriel Heinze
“For me he [Ronaldo] is not number one. For me, the best in the world is Messi because of the way he plays, moves with the ball and changes matches. Messi has incredible ability and I love the way that he plays.” – Fernando Gago
“Cristiano was young and athletic, very competitive. Messi worked hard to do what he can do with a football now at Barcelona.
“Ronaldinho was a natural with special ability. Whenever we gave the ball to him, the moves and goals were from a different world. He was far more gifted than Leo or Cristiano.” – Deco
So there we have it, amazingly, it’s almost unanimous, Messi seems to be the player that comes out on top thanks to the team-mates who have played with both.
The argument will continue regardless of what these say, so let’s for now just enjoy them while we can!