Diego Simeone opened up on the key differences between five-time Ballon d’Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The Atletico Madrid boss is one of the few unlucky coaches who has had to deal with both Ronaldo and Messi on a regular basis since taking charge at the Wanda Metropolitano in 2011.
Aside from facing them regularly in La Liga, Simeone has also had to contend with the duo in the Champions League over the past eight years.
Although, Atletico did get the better of Messi and Barcelona in both of their quarter-final meetings in 2014 and 2016. However, Ronaldo and Real Madrid defeated them in both finals.
Despite leaving Los Blancos last summer, Ronaldo came back to haunt Simeone in this season’s Champions League by scoring a sensational hat-trick to send Juventus through to the quarter-finals.
And now Simeone has given a detailed perspective on the major differences between Ronaldo and Messi.
“What I consider is that in a team with fewer solutions, Ronaldo is a better fit because he provides many solutions,” said Simeone, according to Marca.
“For a team which focuses on football, Messi is much better.
“We are talking about very fine margins of how a team plays,” he stated.
“Ronaldo can decide a game in a different way, he doesn’t need ten attacks. He scored two headers against us and we were out,” the Atletico boss said.
Simeone added: “Both need a team but the differences are very small.
“Lionel, in an attacking team always plays better. The other [Ronaldo] can win a game in two actions, he simplifies the situations.
“Messi is mesmerising because he plays elaborate football.
“Leo plays in a team that compliments all of his talent. He always ends up finding solutions.”
Simeone had got himself into hot water last summer by implying he prefers Ronaldo over Messi in a leaked WhatsApp audio message during the 2018 World Cup.