Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? That’s a very difficult question. Everyone will have their own opinion as to who is the better player between the two, with them undoubtedly going down in history as two of the greatest footballers ever. But, what about the opinion of the world’s top players on the debate?
Hold yourself, listen to the debate about GOAT from these famous players!
Lionel Messi Or Cristiano Ronaldo? 20 Top Footballers Choose Here
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Messi
AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic played alongside Messi at Barcelona and has supported the Argentine more than Ronaldo once. “I think Messi is one of a kind,” he said in 2016. “What he does, I don’t know if we will see other players do the things he does. Different [to Ronaldo] because he is the result of hard training. . It’s not natural.” In an interview with CNN, he reiterated his belief that Messi is his greatest footballer.
Bruno Fernandes – Ronaldo
Teammates at club and international level, there is only one name that is the best in Bruno Fernandes’ eyes! “Cristiano is the best player in the world,” the midfielder said of his Manchester United and Portugal teammates. “He has been playing for 15 years at the top level and it is difficult to do this.”
Neymar – Messi
After playing alongside Messi at Barcelona and PSG, there will only be one name for Neymar. “Playing with Leo was a unique experience and we became friends,” he said, reflecting on their success at Barca. “From everything I’ve seen playing, Messi is the best in history.”
Gareth Bale – Ronaldo
Do we need to ask this question? Gareth Bale enjoyed years of success with Ronaldo as part of the famed ‘BBC’ trio and despite the presumption the Welshman, and Karim Benzema, are both in the Portuguese superstar’s shadow, from goal stats and trophies, all three provide outstanding performance. “For me, the best player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo,” Bale replied, when asked about his Madrid team-mates.
Ilkay Gundogan – Messi
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is unlucky not to have had the chance to play alongside Messi or Ronaldo, but his opinion on GOAT is clear. “Of course Messi,” the German midfielder replied when asked about his favourites. “Undoubtedly… There’s no question about that.”
Bernardo Silva – Ronaldo
They may be on opposite sides of Manchester, but City star Bernardo Silva puts his Portugal team-mate ahead of Messi. “I think Cristiano, he doesn’t have to prove anything more,” he said. “What he has done for the last 10-15 years, I think he is showing everyone that he is the best player ever.”
Angel Di Maria – Messi
One of the few to have played alongside Messi and Ronaldo, Di Maria had to make a tough decision when asked who his GOAT would be – and he didn’t hesitate to reveal it! He told Marca in 2021: “Messi is from another world. You kick the ball at him and he stops it. I’ve never seen anything like it.” “I played with Cristiano, Ney, Mbappe, Rooney, Van Persie, Ibrahimovic, Benzema, Bale and to be honest I didn’t see anything like that. Something unique.”
Romelu Lukaku – Ronaldo
Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku felt pressure when asked to choose during his international duty press conference with Belgium. The 29-year-old held his head and said: “Oh my God!” before finally saying: “Ronaldo, man.”
Andrew Robertson – Messi
Liverpool full-back Andrew Robertson, perhaps unsurprisingly, chose the Argentine icon as his favourite. The Scot faced Messi twice in the Champions League in 2019, including an epic night at Anfield which saw the Reds overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit to reach the final. It was in that game that Robertson ruffled Messi’s hair as he dueled the Argentine – an action he regretted, labeling his opponent “the best player in world football has ever seen”.
Marcus Rashford – Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo’s other Manchester United team-mate, Marcus Rashford, did not want to take the risk of disappointing the Portuguese. He may have ousted Ronaldo from the starting XI and will likely continue to do so for a long time, but Rashford has no qualms about choosing his version of GOAT. He said of the debate: “Always Ronaldo, I think.”
Marco Reus – Lionel Messi
Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus has faced Messi and Ronaldo in the Champions League and has never stated his choice of who is the best. So, who did he choose? Asked to choose between the two, after thinking for a few seconds, Reus said: “Lionel Messi.”
Raphael Varane – Cristiano Ronaldo
The duo won countless titles together at Madrid, including two La Liga titles and an incredible four Champions Leagues.
Declan Rice – Lionel Messi
West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice, who revealed to Goal at Box 2 Box that he owns the Ronaldo jersey, made his choice between the two GOATs when we asked him who he preferred. He singled out Messi, and previously told Gary Neville: “You know, it’s a tough question because obviously what he and Cristiano Ronaldo have done is beyond logic, nobody will ever do it again.” “Messi, I just feel what he does with football, he is special and I don’t think we will ever see a player like him again.”
Zinedine Zidane – Cristiano Ronaldo
Accidental? Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane both left Real Madrid in the summer of 2018 and there is no doubt that there is mutual respect between the two. Indeed, with Ronaldo spearheading his attack alongside Bale and Benzema, Zidane led his side to three Champions League trophies, as well as one La Liga title in 2016/17. Asked to choose between Ronaldo and Messi, Zidane has said in the past: “Cristiano is the best. Messi is his rival and it is a rivalry that everyone wants to see. But Ronaldo is phenomenal. There are no words to describe him. He is much better from me even though I had a great career. He is the greatest of all time.”
Manuel Neuer – Lionel Messi
Bayern Munich and Germany international goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has seen it all during his career. He’s faced Messi and Ronaldo more than once – so who do you think is the best? In a simple one word answer to ESPN when asked the question, he said: “Messi“.
Roberto Carlos – Cristiano Ronaldo
Another legend who is bloody Real Madrid, Roberto Carlos chose Ronaldo over Messi. He told the previous GOAT debate: “I see him [Cristiano] training every day and the way he works is very interesting. He wants to keep improving every day. That’s the difference with Messi.” “Leo is phenomenal, but the part of Ronaldo that stands out, from training, professionalism, focus, motivation, success… Cristiano has an edge over the others.”
Ander Herrera – Lionel Messi
Despite his relationship with Manchester United, Ander Herrera never played alongside Ronaldo. He does, however, share a dressing room with Messi. Discussing the Argentine’s adaptation to life at PSG, the midfielder, who recently moved from Paris to rejoin Athletic Club on loan, called Messi “the best in history”. “Usually, regular players have to adapt to new contexts,” he said. “Now it’s the other way around because we’re talking about the best footballer in history.”
Gabriel Jesus – Lionel Messi
Another player who is not connected to Messi or Ronaldo, the fact that Gabriel Jesus was born in Brazil may have influenced his decision not to choose his rival in Latin America. However, quite the opposite, the Arsenal striker said: “In my life I have not seen many like those who are considered the best in history. Messi is, for me, the best I have ever seen.”
Jan Oblak – Lionel Messi
The Atletico Madrid goalkeeper faced both players several times during their historic spell in La Liga. Despite admiring the two, he chose his favourite, telling GOAL: “It’s a tough question, yes, but with Messi I always say it.” “He is spectacular. He is at the highest level. For me he is the best.”
Kylian Mbappe – Messi & Ronaldo
Ronaldo or Messi? Messi or Ronaldo? Mbappe couldn’t decide. The French forward grew up idolizing Ronaldo but is now teammates with Messi at PSG, so don’t make him choose between the two. “Who do I prefer? It’s like choosing between your father or your mother, you can’t,” Mbappe said. “For all my generation, the Ballon d’Or was definitely related to the battle between Leo and Cristiano. Digging very deep into my memory, I also remember a little bit about Ronaldinho [winner of the Ballon d’Or in 2005].” “But, to be honest, everything was destroyed by the greedy two! They have shared the prize for so long. Every year, like everyone else, I wonder which of them will get it. Looking back, the battle was pretty crazy.”
According to you?
Twelve Ballon d’Or awards, nearly 1500 club goals and a truckload of trophies between them. Choosing between Messi and Ronaldo is not an easy task. However, you’ve seen the opinions of some of the world’s best players past and present, so who do you pick? Messi or Ronaldo? Give us your GOAT choices in the comments below!
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