Dimitar Berbatov says, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are inseparable and should just share “The Best” award every year.
Berbatov believes that the pair are just so much better than anyone else in football, that they are the only two real contenders for the award.
In an interview with Goal, the retired Bulgarian international admits they both have different attributes that separate them from the rest.
He stands in ore of what they have accomplished even as they entre the so-called twilight years of their careers.
They just can’t be separated.
“Ronaldo versus Messi, how can you separate them?”
“I think they should get their awards and give it to both of them. All the time. You can’t say this one is better than the other.”
Two very different people and players, with the same goal, to win
“Ronaldo wants them all because he is so ambitious. He is desperate to break this record then that record.”
“Messi is not showing it but inside and when he is at home then he probably thinks, ‘I will f***ing destroy everybody’.”
“When you are good, you know you are good. Why shy away from that?”
Berbatov who was a teammate of Ronaldo’s at Manchester United talks of the respect he has for 34-year-old Ronaldo’s physical state.
“I have f***ing respect for Ronaldo’s longevity.”
“He is 34! He plays for Juventus as a star player after playing in England and Spain, now Italy.”
“In every championship, he has done unbelievably well.”
“Look at his physique, how he prepares.”
“He has all the tools around him to stay young forever. He can keep himself young in his soul.”
Berbatov now 38, recently retired, and talks of the pain he still suffers after a long career. Yet there is another player that surpasses the physical abilities of even Messi and Ronaldo.
That is Zlatan Ibrahimovich. Berba believes the Swede is superhuman.
“Look at Ibrahimovic, MLS is not the same as England or Italy or whatever.”
“Although, I am 38, let me tell you, I wake up every morning and have pain here, here, here.”
“I watch Ibra and think what the f*** man? Maybe he has something I don’t have which is why he is still playing.”