Messi: Ronaldo is The Best Ever

Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi says Brazilian legend Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima is the best striker he has ever watched.

This is despite him and Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo sharing a decade-long rivalry where they have scored over 600 goals and won 11 world player of the year awards between them during that period. The two are regarded as some of the best players to ever grace the game.

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Their rivalry has divided football fans all over the world on who between them is the best ever and asked who he considers as the best striker ever, Messi who has played alongside and against great forwards like Samuel Eto’o, Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Villa, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain among others chose the two-time world cup winner as best ever.

“Ronaldo [Nazario] was a phenomenon. Of all the strikers I ever saw, he was the best. He was unbelievable,” he stated.

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Messi then went on to reveal the important role that another Brazilian star, Ronaldinho played in shaping his career at Barcelona. The two played together during Messi’s early years before the Brazilian left for AC Milan and Messi says that Ronaldinho helped ease him into the team.

“Ronaldinho helped me a lot. I came into the dressing room at 16-17 years of age, seeing all those footballing giants made it tough. But he mentored me and made me feel comfortable, and I loosened up. Afterward, on the pitch, I always looked for him but we didn’t have many years to enjoy together. Besides, we didn’t play as much at that time. I would have liked to play more with Ronaldinho,” he stated.


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