Check out the video here of Roy Keane explaining how Cristiano Ronaldo edges Lionel Messi in the hotly contested GOAT debate.
Probably two of the finest players to have graced the beautiful game, Ronaldo and Messi’s legacy will live on in the minds of fans for many generations to come.
But one thing that cannot be resolved between the pair is who is the greatest, aka the GOAT? We’ve heard countless legends back Ronaldo for the title, and now we turn to Keane’s verdict on this endless debate.
Now if there’s one thing we can appreciate from the Manchester United legend is that he doesn’t mince his words at all. He says it as he sees it – whether you like it or not.
And, speaking at the 2018 World Cup, Keane admitted that Ronaldo had transcended to ‘a new level’ and left Messi for dust.
“I think there has been a great debate about him [Ronaldo] and Messi, but over the last six months, I think he’s on a new level – Ronaldo’s out there on his own,” said the Irishman on ITV about his former United teammate.
“It’s not natural ability, as brilliant as he is, it’s sheer hard work. He’s got a lot of courage, he’s brave and the guy is a genius.
“I think his form over the last few months I’d have him above of Messi.”
Another Premier League legend in Ian Wright, who scored 149 goals in 252 games for Arsenal, also tipped Ronaldo for the GOAT title after scoring four goals in his first two games of the World Cup for Portugal.
“What he [Ronaldo] has proven going into the World Cup with the pressure he’s under, this is his fourth World Cup, the way he’s started, he has shown it’s not just ability, its hard work. He’s getting the fruits of all that work over the years,” said Wright.
“I think that with Ronaldo he’s been in different leagues, out of his comfort zone. Ronaldo when he left Portugal, even at Manchester United, I remember he had a year where they said he can go back [but he wanted to stay and fight at Old Trafford].
“I think in years to come, we’ve been fortunate to watch both at the height of their powers, but in years to come I think Ronaldo will pinch it for me.”