Former Barcelona and treble winning star reveal exactly what he thinks about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, in the age-old debate of who is better.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo have been a part of two impressive debates for the better part of a decade, with both fans and critics on the line about the two superstars. While Messi has over 600 goals for club and country, five Ballon d’Ors, four Champions League trophies, Eight La Liga crowns, three FIFA Club World Cups and numerous others accolades, the Portuguese star has equaled the Argentine step-by-step, trophy by trophy.
But with Barcelona getting dumped out of the Champions League after a sensational performance by AS Roma after going down 4-1 in the first leg, many feel that the Catalan giants depend too much on the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. This allows and gives Cristiano Ronaldo a chance to go one ahead with both standing tall and equal with four Champions League crows to their names.
The Los Blancos managed to qualify for the semi-finals after being on the brink of defeat thanks to a last-minute defensive error by Juventus. The Turin giants had put Real Madrid to the sword in another sensational display of tactical football by another Italian side in the second leg, before a penalty deep into extra time, combined with Gianluigi Buffon’s sending off turned the tie Real Madrid’s way.
However, former Barcelona and Arsenal star Aleksandr Hleb has revealed that in the ultimate debate about the two stars, Ronaldo comes out on top. “Of course Messi is the best in the world,” said the 36-year-old in an interview. “He is the leader of Barcelona. He has the mission to help the team in difficult times and he couldn’t create even one goal. He was impotent.
With all respect to Leo, Ronaldo is a better leader of his team than Messi.”
With an incredible era coming to an end, the only thing left to do is watch and marvel as the two greatest players in the world continue to shock and awe the world well into their thirties. However, as to the debate as to who is the best or even the better leader, that is a question for a time after they retire.