Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are considered the two best soccer players in the world. Ronaldo is a prolific goal scorer for Real Madrid, while Messi set a world record with 72 goals scored last season for Barcelona.
During an interview with CNN International’s “World Sport,” Ronaldo said it’s difficult to compare the two players, but he believes he is better.
“Some people say I’m better, other people say it’s him, but at the end of the day, they’re going to decide who is the best player at the moment, which I think is me,” Ronaldo told Pedro Pinto.
“Sometimes it makes me tired — for him too. They compare each other all the time. You cannot compare a Ferrari with a Porsche — it’s a different engine. You cannot compare.
“I think we push each other in competition. This is why the competition is so high. This is why Madrid and Barcelona are the best teams in the world.”
Much like when Eli Manning sparked a controversy by saying he was a top five quarterback when asked, what would you expect Ronaldo to say? That Messi is better? He gave a pretty diplomatic answer, but yeah, why not say he’s better? His team won La Liga this season after finishing second to Messi’s squad the past two years. I wouldn’t have expected him to say otherwise, though most people would lean toward Messi at this point.