Brazil legend Ronaldo on Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi debate ahead of FIFA World Cup in Russia
Posted: 13 June 2018 Time: 19:00
Two-time FIFA World Cup winner Ronaldo Nazario weighed in with his opinion of one of sports greatest rivalries between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and how Russia 2018 could affect their overall careers.
With the Ballon d'Or being shared between the FC Barcelona and Real Madrid club-record goalscorers over the past decade, the only honour that has eluded them has been the FIFA World Cup.
The ongoing debate on who will go down as the greatest footballer of all time continues to wrangle on with detractors believing their failures at the global showpiece will have tainted their career achievements.
Ronaldo, who won the 1994 and 2002 World Cups with the Selecao, won two Ballon d'Ors and represented both Classico rivals had his say on the matter in an interview with German publication Sport Bild.
"With his incredible attitude, with his incredible winning mentality, Cristiano Ronaldo is a unique player," the second-highest scorer in World Cup history said.
"But I admit that Lionel Messi brings even more magic to football. With his dribbling, his complete form of playing football and his ability to generate surprising situations in the attacks.
"He [Ronaldo] is technically very well versed," the Brazilian continued, referring to his Portuguese namesake. "Time will tell what position history has reserved for him.
"The best thing that could've happened was to move to Real Madrid, but at Manchester United, it was incredible the number of goals he scored.
"At Real, he's become even more complete, but the truth is that winning a World Cup always helps when it comes to entering history as the greatest."