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Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has perfectly summed up the debate of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentine and the Portugal stars are two of the most successful players of their football era. And it’s hard to pick between them.
Former Barcelona stars Gary Lineker and Ronaldinho, for example, are very much in the Messi camp, and have previously sang the Argentine’s praises in the press.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, who has no connection to either player said: “I’m going to go with Messi on this on pure, natural talent but what Ronaldo has done has been absolutely incredible.”
Sir Alex Ferguson has a strong link to Ronaldo, given that he was arguably the greatest player to ply his trade under the Scot. But when the legendary United boss was asked by 1991 world snooker champions John Parrott to pick between the duo back in 2015, he provided the perfect answer.
“People say who is the best player in the world? And plenty of people quite rightly say Messi – you can’t dispute that opinion,” explained Ferguson. “But Ronaldo could play for Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, Doncaster Rovers… anyone, and score a hat-trick in a game. I’m not sure Messi could do it. Ronaldo’s got two feet, he’s quick, great in the air, he’s brave – Messi’s brave, of course. I think Messi’s a Barcelona player.”