Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been compared endlessly over the years, and Mircea Lucescu has now joined the debate.
Cristiano Ronaldo rose to prominence at Manchester United but it was while at Real Madrid that he forged his status as arguably the best player in the history of the sport.
The Portuguese had collected Europe’s most prestigious club trophy while at Old Trafford but it was during his time at Santiago Bernabeu when he achieved the never-done-before task of winning the Champions League three times in succession.
The five-time Ballon d’Or added four Golden Balls during his spell with Los Blancos, having won his first with the Red Devils.
It is said that a key contributor to the Portuguese forward’s success, apart from his extraordinary talent, immense thirst for glory, and hard work, is his rivalry with Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo and Messi have been dominating football for over a decade now and their rivalry was quite intense during their time together in Spain.
Both the players tried to outshine each other week in week out, and therefore pushed each other to perform better.
Fans have long debated over who takes the crown of the world’s best player, and there’s still no one right answer.
Should he recover from the coronavirus, CR7 will yet again go head to head against his long-term nemesis in Juventus’ clash against FC Barcelona in the Champions League group stage.
In the build-up of what would potentially be an electrifying game, Mircea Lucescu has drawn contrast between the two legends’ playing styles.
Lucescu told UEFA.com: “Messi is a short player who is exceptional in tight spaces because of his acceleration, self-confidence, dribbling, and all that. Ronaldo is a different kind of player because he loves to score so much that he needs bigger spaces. He needs everyone’s help, his team-mates’ help,”
“Messi can do a lot of things on his own. Ronaldo can work by himself in the penalty area or 20 meters from the area, but he tries to take advantage of the space created by others and he strikes.
“That’s it: they’re different, but they’re both really strong players.”