The Barcelona forward has always been compared to his Real Madrid counterpart but insists he isn’t interested in becoming the best in the history over Ronaldo
In modern football, all the talks of the “greatest” invariably ends up with Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. The extra-terrestrial footballing duo have set the world alight with their unreal talent and naturally, have been pitted against each other too for a definitive answer. No two players in the history have polarised opinions as much as these two have. And it’s quite plausible, given the numerous records and silverwares, both team and individual, have picked-up in their illustrious careers.
In another such moment when Messi was confronted with the comparisons by the uber-speculating media, the Barcelona ace sidestepped it all. Having always remained a humble and a team-player, he maintained that he isn’t interested in “the best player in history” tags or comparisons to his rival. He said, “I’m not interested in being the best in history. I have never suggested that: not being the first, nor the second, third or fourth.
“Every time I start a season I try to improve myself, win everything, leave everything every time I go out to the pitch, give the maximum for my teammates and for myself.”
Both the Barcelona superstar and Ronaldo have spent the better part of last decade competing for the highest honors and their impressive performances on the field somehow always ends up in comparison charts. Both are also said to push each other beyond their limits in this seemingly never-ending battle for one-upmanship of world football. But the Argentine wizard feels the drive is visceral and his biggest dream is nothing but to win silverware with the national set-up.
“I always want to improve myself and I do not compete with anyone because I do not play to be the best in history but to improve myself year after year and to keep winning,” he further added. “Obviously winning with the national team would be the best because nothing has been given to us.”
That’s really humble of Messi to put his team ahead of his own greatness. Very few players out there embody the kind of team spirit that he does.