Barcelona star Lionel Messi is better than arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo claims former England manager…
Former England manager Fabio Capello has claimed that Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is a far “more skilful” player than Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
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The current manager of the Russian international team spoke to AS about how he once tried to sign the diminutive Argentine, discussing the differences between the 27-year-old and his La Liga rival Ronaldo.
“Cristiano is a powerful player, with very good technique, but he does not possess the pure technical skill of Messi,” Capello said.
“Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are two extraordinary players but they are different.
“Leo Messi is a very difficult player to play against.
“When I saw Messi play I knew he was special. I could see that he could do things that didn’t occur to other players.”
He is certainly correct that the Barcelona star is special, with the prolific South American set to break the La Liga all time scoring record if he scores a brace against Celta Viga at the Nou Camp on Saturday.
Currently on 250 goals in 284 appearances, Messi still has plenty of years at the top level left in him. The tricky forward is no doubt well capable of obliterating the current record, held by former Athletic Bilbao star Telmo Zarra in the 1940s and 50s.
Ronaldo is currently tenth on the list with 193 goals, the Portuguese superstar has however played just 173 games.
The 29-year-old’s form this season has been unparalleled, scoring 16 goals in La Liga so far. Messi is struggling in comparison with just seven goals, two behind Barcelona teammate Neymar.