Brazil legend, Ronaldo has waded into the age old debate on who is the greatest player in the history of the sport while also making a shocking omission – leaving out Cristiano Ronaldo from the top five list of players he enjoys watching.
Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the footballing landscape over the past decade or so, winning a combined 11 Ballon d’Or awards between them – with both the players having their own sets of fans and admirers.
The legendary striker picked Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi as his number one pick, while Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard and Paris Saint-Germain pair Neymar and Kylian Mbappe also made the cut.
Ronaldo ?? snubbed Cristiano as he picked Lionel Messi as No. 1
“Messi, of course, he is number one, it is a talent that we will take 20 or 30 years to see something similar,” he said.” ? pic.twitter.com/yqISMy3zZj
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“Messi, of course, he is number one, it is a talent that we will take 20 or 30 years to see something similar.
I also like Salah, Hazard, Neymar, that I love watching him play, of course Mbappe,” he said to AS.
The 43-year-old also opened up on the comparisons being touted between him and Mbappe, revealing that despite the similarities, it is tough to compare players across different eras.
“It says a lot of people who look like me, has a lot of speed, finishes well, has great movements, hits excellent with both legs, has an incredible stride.
We have similar things, but I never liked comparisons, especially between players of different generations, because the situations are different.”