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Van Basten hails “genius” Messi over “great” Ronaldo

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Marco Van Basten is adamant that while Cristiano Ronaldo is great, he is not on a par with the genius that is Lionel Messi.

The great debate is one that will never go away, who is the GOAT, who is the best and of course why? Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

Now three time Ballon D’Or winner, Dutch legend and AC Milan hero Marco Van Basten has wieghed in on the argument.

He has no affiliation to either players nationality and has never played for any team they are associated with.

Add to that Van Basten is widely regarded as one of the greatest of his generation too.

So when he has an opinion, whilst we may not agree with it, it’s worth listening to.

Speaking to Corriere Della Sera, Van Basten holds the pair in high esteem but insists Messi is on his own.

He said:

“Ronaldo is a great player.”

“But those who claim that he is stronger than Messi do not understand football or are in bad faith.”

“Messi is unique.”

“Inimitable and unrepeatable.”

“Like him, one every fifty years. As a child, he fell into the pot of the football genius.”

The GOAT debate rages on!