Former Barcelona manager, and current boss of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, has claimed there will be no such debate when it comes to deciding who is better between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo leapfrogged Messi to the 2016 Ballon d’Or award after a sensational year which included winning the Champions League and Euro 2016, but Guardiola believes that the Portuguese still has some way to go to match Messi.
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique also recently dismissed the obsession to compare the two football greats, and said it was simply “ridiculous” to compare Messi with other players. And, while not quite going that far, Guardiola agrees to some extent.
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“I agree with Luis. Messi is the best, he is definitely the best,” the Manchester City manager told during a press conference. “He knows how to play, score and make the other players play. He is always there.
“With all the respect to all the players, first to Cristiano Ronaldo – congratulations to him for the award – I think Messi is on another level.”
Messi so far tops the scoring chart in La Liga and the Champions League this term, with 12 and 10 goals respectively.
His brilliant performance in the 4-1 victory against Espanyol saw visiting coach Quique Sanchez Flores apologise for embracing the Argentine superstar at the end.
For an entire decade, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have ruled the world football, sharing Ballon d’Ors, Champions Leagues, and many more major trophies between them.
They have constantly traded blows, and fans have started debates as to which particular award or trophy is more important. Ronaldo was the latest to lift a piece of silverware with the 2016 Club World Cup, matching Pele for scoring a hat-trick on his way.