Former Real Madrid and Barcelona player Robert Prosinecki reckons Lionel Messi plays “different football (as compared) to the others” and outranks Maradona, Cristiano Ronaldo, Brazilian great Ronaldo and even US basketball legend Michael Jordan.
Prosinecki said in an interview with Stats Perform News, quoted by Sportstar that Messi, who has scored over 600 goals for Barcelona, still finishes top of the pile when the career of Chicago Bulls legend and six-time NBA champion Jordan is taken into account.
“It is different, basketball and football. But Messi is surely for me the best,” said Prosinecki.
He added, “He (Messi) is a player who has made differences for many years in Barcelona. He has won everything he could win. He scored many goals and assisted many times too. He plays different football to the others.”
“Maybe some people will say Maradona, Ronaldo… I don’t know,” Prosinecki said. “There have been amazing players. They are from two different eras. For me he [Messi] is the best one.”
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Prosinecki believes Messi is one such footballer who can take on a team all alone. He said, “They are different to others. Ronaldo is surely one of the best. Some people would say Cristiano Ronaldo, but [Brazilian Ronaldo] didn’t just play at Barcelona.”
He concluded, “He (Ronaldo Nazario) also had some amazing seasons at Inter. He used to beat rivals almost himself alone. Incredible. They are players who make differences. At Real Madrid too. Where didn’t he perform? For sure he was a great player. However, if I have to say one, for me the best is Leo Messi.”