Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has admitted that Barcelona star is better than his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo, reports the Metro.
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This is especially surprising considering the 40-year-old played with the Portuguese for six years during the latter’s time at Old Trafford. In general players and managers who have worked with the 30-year-old tend to favour him in the now age old debate whether he is better than his Argentinian counterpart.
For example, former manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that Ronaldo was better than Messi, and Los Blancos legend Iker Casillas chose his teammate as well according to Goal.com. However, Scholes has gone against the grain.
He said in his column for The Independent: “I think about the great players with whom I have shared a pitch: Eric Cantona, Zinedine Zidane, Pirlo, Xavi, Cristiano Ronaldo – and the greatest of them all is Messi.”
The 27-year-old will get a chance to prove he is the best player in the world in the Champions League final against Juventus on Saturday. Also he could become the highest ever scorer in the competition if he scores at the Olympiastadion. The four time Ballon d’Or winner is currently equal with Ronaldo with 77 goals in the competition.