What comes with the tag ‘best player in the world’ is an array of scrutiny and comparisons. For Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi, the arguments are never-ending.
When former Real Madrid man Fernando Morientes was asked the most common question when it comes to the two, he answered, “The way it works in Spain is simple. If you support Barcelona, you would pick Messi but if you support Madrid, you pick Ronaldo.”
Here, we take a look at the top picks by players who have actually worked with both the aces because who better to compare the two than those who have played with both?
#1 Henrik Larsson
The forward played with Ronaldo at Manchester United and Messi at Barcelona.
When the question was posed to him, Larsson made it clear who he thinks is the best among the two saying, “I don’t think there’s too much difference between the two of them because they are both great players.”
“Cristiano is unlucky to be playing at the same time as Messi. Ronaldo is a very good player, but Messi is even better.”
“He is from out of this world. He’s so good that it’s almost incredible. When you see him with the ball at his feet it’s hard to believe that anybody else could do the same. He’s a fantastic player to see.”
#2 Gerard Pique
Another player who played alongside both the five-time Ballon d’Or winners is Gerard Pique.
The Spanish defender is currently playing alongside Messi at Barcelona but he also had the pleasure to play with Ronaldo at Manchester United for four years.
When asked who was better, the former United man told BT Sport, “I think that they are both amazing. We are talking about two of the best players, not just in the world but the history of this sport.”
He added, “For me, it’s like Messi is not human but Cristiano is the best of the humans.”
#3 Angel di Maria
Former Manchester United man Angel Di Maria is another player who had the privilege to play alongside Ronaldo and Messi.
When asked who was better, Di Maria told TyC Sports, “Messi is always the best, he’s the best every year.”
“Cristiano Ronaldo’s a special player, but Messi’s from another planet.”
He added, “There are no words to describe Messi, he always surprises you.”
#4 Andre Gomes
According to Spanish publication, Marca, the midfielder said, “I do not like to compare them out of respect.”
Gomes was close to signing for La Liga giants Real Madrid but ultimately chose to join their rivals Barcelona.
#5 Carlos Tevez
Carlos Teves is also one of the few players lucky enough to have played with the two five-time Ballon d’Or winners.
When he was asked who should be considered the greatest player, Tevez told the Argentinian media, “Lionel Messi, I never saw him in the gym I’ve never seen him train in the stops or do technical exercises. It is all natural to him, but on penalties he trained: first he did not take them and now he shoots them all at the corner.”
He added, “Cristiano always stopped in the gym after training: for him, it is an obsession and, being the best in everything, he always arrived at work early. When the training was set for 9 in the morning I arrived at 8 and he was already there. Even if I arrived at 7.30 he was already there.”
Who do you think is the better player? Let us know in the comments.