England and Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney has given his opinion on the age-old debate in footballing circles on who is better between Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi and Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo.
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.
Rooney for his part has no doubt as to who is the best, revealing that while Cristiano is “incredible”, Messi “will torture you before he kills you.”
Wayne Rooney on the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi debate:
🗣: “Despite my friendship with Cristiano, I’d go for Messi. Ronaldo is ruthless in the box, a killer. But Messi will torture you before he kills you. With Messi you just get the impression he is having more fun. pic.twitter.com/pVZ2j3elow
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“Ronaldo wasn’t as focused on goals when we started playing together but you could see that all he wanted was to be the best player in the world. He practised and practised and began to produce. Cristiano has become an incredible scorer and he and Messi are arguably the best two players the game has seen,” he wrote in his Sunday Times column, as quoted by Goal.
“But despite my friendship with Cristiano, I’d go for Messi. It’s for the same reason I loved watching Xavi and [Paul] Scholes: it’s the different things in Messi’s game. “I’ve talked about composure and I can’t remember seeing Messi score when he has hit the ball as hard as he could. He just rolls them in, makes it so easy
“Ronaldo is ruthless in the box, a killer. But Messi will torture you before he kills you. With Messi you just get the impression he is having more fun,” he concluded.
This pick might surprise the Old Trafford faithful considering that Rooney and Ronaldo spent a total of five seasons together at the club, helping them win three Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League.