Numerous hours of debates and lines upon lines of internet commentary has been devoted to trying to establish who between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is the best player in the world.
The Greatest of All Time debate has grown ever stronger as both superstars continue to deliver impeccable performances despite their ages.
While on several occasions they have acknowledged their rivalry and often even jested about it, there is no doubt that a personal competition exists.
However, ever since Ronaldo departed La Liga, the magic of the comparison seems to be lost.
However, the Portuguese star has choice words about even that.
In the upcoming DAZN documentary ‘The Making Of’, Ronaldo addressed the key difference between him and Messi by stating: “The difference with Messi is that I played for several clubs and won the Champions League with different clubs.”
The current Juventus and former Real Madrid and Manchester United forward goes on to add: “I was top scorer in the Champions League six seasons in a row. There aren’t many players who won five Champions League trophies, so this is why I feel that I can identify myself with this tournament.”
However, he is still all-praise for Messi, as he states: “Messi is an excellent player who will be remembered not just for his Ballon d’Or wins, but also for having improved – like me – year after year.”
This is, of course, a point that the more nuanced arguments about the two have always brought forth. While Messi’s achievements with Barca are undeniably brilliant, Ronaldo’s variety and consistency across Europe is a feat that deserves great merit and perhaps even the upper edge in the race.
As to what drives him forward, the 33-year-old had an interesting reply: “I wake up every morning with the idea in my head of training with the objective of achieving something more, not just to earn money. Thank God, I don’t lack money, so what I want to earn is a place in the history of football.”