Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo: Liverpool Goalkeeper Pepe Reina Decides!

Anfield stopper Jose Reina has waded into the debate on which of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is the better player.

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“Barcelona are just about favourites because they are playing at home [against Real Madrid], and I feel that it will be a game with a lot of goals. For me, with the Blaugrana playing in front of 100,000 fans, they are marginal favourites, but it is a game that is very difficult to predict indeed,” said Reina.

“Messi and Ronaldo are both great players, but in my opinion Messi is the more complete player. However, that is just my personal opinion.” (Marca)

Excitement is already building ahead of the season’s first El Clasico.

Barcelona will host Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Monday 29th November with both sides in highly impressive form indeed.

Real Madrid top La Liga, with Jose Mourinho adapting exceptionally to the Spanish top flight, but Barcelona are just a point behind the coach they mockingly call “the Translator” after his time with Sir Bobby Robson at the Catalan club.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are each scoring a preposterous amount of goals this season, and both players scored a hat-trick at the weekend in big wins for their sides.

Who is best though remains open for debate.

Admittedly some of Messi’s goals have been out of this world in recent times, but Ronaldo’s ability from set pieces and in the air equally sets him apart.

All that can seemingly be concluded is that both are most certainly the most gifted talents of their generation, but who would you rather have in your team?

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