Self-confessed ‘Ronaldo fanboy’ Piers Morgan has explained why the Juventus star beats Lionel Messi as the greatest of all-time.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been locked in a battle for supremacy for over a decade, each attempting to outdo the other every weekend. And despite their advancing years, neither one of them is prepared to throw in the towel.
Deciding on who is the greater of the two has been a never-ending debate for fans, players, managers and analysts. Each has their own contrasting opinion. Therefore, nobody can pick a clear winner.
But English broadcaster Piers Morgan, who famously interviewed Ronaldo last September, has weighed in by explaining how the Juventus star is a better player than Messi.
“I went to Turin… he [Ronaldo] did say I have great abs,” Morgan told talkSPORT. “To say it’s not something I hear very often is an understatement.
“I don’t have a favourite foreign team, but I do have a favourite foreign player. When he was at Real Madrid, it was Real Madrid. Now he is at Juventus, it is Juventus.
“I think he is the best player to have ever played the game. Wet Wednesday in Bolton and you need a goal to save your life – I would put money on Cristiano. We’ve become quite good friends. We text each other most weeks.
“He’s got this ferocious competitive spirit, the like of which I have rarely encountered. He’s 35, Lionel Messi is just behind him and for 16 years we have had these two guys at the peak of their powers.
“I am a Ronaldo man, I often have an argument with Gary Lineker. The two of them are the stand-out players ever. He’s a Messi fanboy. I am a Ronaldo fanboy.
“Look, Messi; he’s been at one club, he’s never done it on the international stage, his record in the Champions League is nowhere near as good as Ronaldo’s in the closing stages in terms of goals scored… Ronaldo has done it on the international stage, the Champions League and brilliant in four different countries – Portugal, England, Spain and now Italy.
“Ronaldo has challenged himself more, succeeding in every league. Messi has never risked it, he has never left Barcelona.
“There is something to be said for one club players, like Paolo Maldini, I don’t want to denigrate Messi, but it’s Ronaldo for me.”