Best XI of players who named Messi as the GOAT vs that of Ronaldo's best XI
Just like fans, footballers have also been vocal on who is truly the greatest between Messi and Ronaldo. The long standing debate to who is the better one in the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry keeps raging on, just not the fans , but footballers and managers as just as split on who the GOAT truly is. Many former and current football players have voice their opinions on who truly is the best between the two.
Ronaldo can boast that he's won more champions league titles as well as the European championship while Messi hasn't just been able to clinch an international trophy, Messi has won more ballons d'ors and is producing exquisite moments week in, week out. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
While most are in the Barcelona's captains corner, some have defiled the 'general view' and insisted that the Juventus star is the most impactful player. In this article we'll take a look at both sets of players to have chosen from the two.
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Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon
Ronaldo's current teammate once said that Messi is indeed the GOAT. Buffon has never had the honour to play alongside with Messi but has been on the opposing side quite a few times in champions league. In his own word the experienced Italian made it clear that Messi is clearly the very best.
Right back: Dani Alves
Alves is Known to be a very good buddy of Messi and having played alongside with him for a number of years. It's no surprise there he considers him as the greatest of all time. He was a part of the iconic Barca side which dominated Europe under Pep, also creating a special partnership with Messi back then.
Centre back: Carles Puyol
The former barcelona captain was himself a mentor for a young Messi when he came through the system and he had a first half experience of watching the Argentine's sensational rise into becoming the world best.
Centre back: John Terry
Of course, they never played together but John Terry was clearly impressed by what he saw from Messi when the two met in the UEFA champions league semis final encounter back in 2008. He stated clearly that "he is the best player ever".
Left back: Jordi Alba
Jordi Alba Messi's good friend always has his back on the Barcelona left flank and it's no surprise at all that the Spaniard thinks of his captain as the best there ever was.
Defensive midfielder: Sergio Busquet
Busquet barca's current vice-captain has Himself grown into the system alongside Messi and quoted a few years back "the best in the world now and for many years is Messi".
Centre midfielder: Xavi Hernandez
Xavi was Messi's mentor when he was still coming up through the system, but the Spaniard was clearly astonished watching how much he evolved into becoming the best. He said everyday he is a better player, he is the best player in history, not just in this moment, in history. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Central midfielder: Paul Scholes
Even though he played with Ronaldo for many years at Manchester United, Scholes still seems to prefer Messi as the undisputed best in the world. He came against the little wizard on a number of occasions and watched his magic unraveled in multiple times.
Right winger: David Beckham
But Scholes isn't the only experienced player to have heaped big praises on the Argentine. Beckham didn't play alongside the barca's captain but saw enough of him during his late years as a player to identify the kind of a sensational talent he was.
Left winger: Neymar
Neymar on the other hand, had the privilege of not only playing but also growing as a footballer with Messi as his mentor. The Brazilian link up with him to create some wonderful moments at the camp nou, he called him his idol. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Striker: Samuel Eto'o
Another player to have witnessed the sensational rise of the Argentine is Eto'o, his partner in crime back during the early days of pep. He was spell so bound by his ability that he blatantly admitted that Messi is a god. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
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Goalkeeper: Iker Casilas
Casilas stayed by his former teammate side when asked on upon the messi-ronaldo debate giving a simple answer "I'd choose Cristiano over Messi because he is a player who gives so much every season.
Defender: Roberto Carlos
Robertt Carlos didn't get the opportunity to play alongside CR7 at Madrid, but watching his enthusiasm has him convinced that the Portuguese is better than Messi. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Pepe played with Ronaldo and when asked, he didn't really take him much to admit that his teammate was indeed better than Messi.
Defender: Patrice Evra
Evra has stated that he'll always choose Ronaldo over Messi in a contest of who is truly the GOAT. The Frenchman man might be outspoken, but his decision of Ronaldo is no joke.
Defender: Sergio Ramos
Ramos was on very good terms with CR7 at Madrid. The Spaniard has said that Ronaldo is definitely among the greatest of all time and considering his fiesty rival Messi, he'll choose his former teammate all day long.
It's well-known fact that Marcelo was best of buddies with Ronaldo at Madrid, so it's not really surprising that the Brazilian considers his former teammate to be the best of all time.
Midfielder: Luis Nani
Nani played alongside the Portuguese for a number of years, Nani explained how 'numbers' itself state that the GOAT is Cristiano Ronaldo, and one can't really put much of a debate to that.
Midfielder: Zinedine Zidane
Zidane witnessed CR7 at his might, helping the Frenchman break one record after another in Europe. So after that unbelievable acrobatic goal against Juventus in 2018, Zizou admitted that Ronaldo is better than Messi.
Centre forward: Francesco Totti
The AS Roma legend has been following CR7's development for a long time. He spoke about how all three of Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo well footballing alliens, but summed up by stating that the Portuguese is ahead of the others.
Centre forward: Kylian Mbappe
The up and coming potential future ballons d'or winner has emphasized how Ronaldo, not Messi was his idol growing up and his bedroom was even filled with posters of the former Real Madrid star's pictures. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Centre forward: Pele
Recognized as arguably the greatest striker of all time, Pele has had some real polarizing views in the past. But he's been able to voice out that Ronaldo is indeed better than Messi and the best of his generation. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.