A debate that has consumed much time of the fans, pundits, and coaches alike still sees no end, and Hernan Crespo now picks his side.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi quickly became the two biggest names in football following their emergence on the scene almost a decade ago, and continue to remain so.
Ballon d’Or, Golden Boot, Champions League, or league title – the two players have almost every conceivable honor, be it at a personal or collective level, on their glittering CVs.
Their rivalry might have taken a diminished form now but the feud between them was one of the hottest topics of discussion during their time together in Spain.
CR7 played for Real Madrid, the biggest rivals of Messi’s Barcelona – arguably the most fierce rivalry of teams in all of Europe.
It was during that nine-year period that the two players pushed each other to do better and competed to take the center stage week in week out, establishing themselves as possibly the no.1 and no.2 in history of football – with their hierarchy still up for debate.
A possibility to see the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and the six-time Ballon d’Or winner go head to head yet again awaits as Juventus take on Barcelona next week in what is going to be an exhilarating Champions League contest.
There’s much buzz regarding the meet-up of the two superstars, who would be facing each other after a long time, and it has given rise to the old Ronaldo vs Messi debate.
“I am looking forward to seeing Juve-Barcelona, but I would choose Messi without taking anything away from Cristiano Ronaldo,” Hernan Crespo told in an interview with Tuttosport, via Football Italia.
“Leo is a compatriot, I guy who I saw growing up.”