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Ryan Giggs weighs in on the Messi-Ronaldo debate

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Ryan Giggs weighed in on the debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo along with Gareth Bale’s “strange” situation at Real Madrid.

The ultimate debate on who is the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) between Messi and Ronaldo has gone on for over a decade. Many players and coaches, like Giggs for example, have all voiced contrasting opinions.

In all fairness, though, picking a winner is no simple task considering their outstanding careers.

The pair have scored more than 600 club career goals and won five Ballon d’Ors each, while managing feats that were previously unimaginable.

But Giggs may be one of very few people who can give a more accurate picture on who’s the real GOAT between them having played alongside Ronaldo at Manchester United for six years.

And, while he obviously respects his old team-mate, Messi’s “genius” is what truly stands out in Giggs’ view.

“Obviously I lean towards Ronaldo a little bit because I played with him and saw him develop as a player,” he told DAZN.

“But Messi is a genius, he’s a once in a lifetime player. It’s as simple as that.”

Giggs also recently spoke on Ronaldo’s early days at Old Trafford, where the ex-winger confessed he never predicted the Portuguese would become the player he is today.

Nowadays the 45-year-old is the manager of his native Wales. Unsurprisingly, the aim is to lead the Dragons to next summer’s Euro 2020 tournament.

And a key part of that plan rests on Bale, who is the nation’s all-time record scorer on 32 goals in 79 appearances.

But the former Tottenham star has endured a difficult year, which saw him nearly leave Real for a big-money move to China after falling out of favour under the returning coach Zinedine Zidane.

Ultimately, though, Bale remained in Madrid and has since featured prominently for Los Blancos. Although a calf injury threatens to undo all his good work having missed the club’s last two matches.

“It’s strange,” said Giggs.

“From the outside, it looks strange. For the quality he possesses and what he’s won there: four Champions Leagues.

“I’m his coach for Wales, he’s recently been my captain, and is a good professional. He’s a player that can turn a game on its head as he did against Liverpool for Madrid.”

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CARDIFF, WALES – NOVEMBER 16: Ryan Giggs, Manager of Wales and Gareth Bale of Wales embrace after the UEFA Nations League Group B match between Wales and Denmark at Cardiff City Stadium on November 16, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)