Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘the greatest player of all time’, but former Liverpool man Jamie Carragher disagrees and says he will pick Messi for his all-around ability.
on Monday Night Football, where he hailed the 36-year-old’s performance in the 4-1 victory overNewcastle
He has pointed to the Portuguese flexibility as a goalscorer as the important feature he has overParis Saint-Germain
"Look, there's no doubt that Messi's scored an obscene amount of goals,"
stated onSky Sports
"He's a ridiculous player.
"[But] Ronaldo's scored probably 30 or 40 percent more with his wrong foot and he's scored more penalties. So it just took me to a point where he was more complete in terms of the most important part of the game.
"The thing that tips it over the edge even more is that international record, of the most international goals ever. The fact that he's won five Champions Leagues with teams that aren't even as good as Messi's team..."
"Messi's won more league titles with that Barcelona team, but I just feel that the international goal record and the Champions Leagues, aligned with the variety of goals that he scores, even though they're very similar [in overall numbers], takes me to think that he is the greatest player of all time.
defender Jamie strongly disagreed and chose Messi over Ronaldo for his all-around ability, not only goal record.
"No one's not a huge fan of Ronaldo or Messi, [but] Ronaldo's not the greatest player of all-time,"
the Reds legend stated.
"I'm going to say that it's his mate here,
"You're talking about the difference of type of goals. It doesn't matter how the ball goes in the net. Messi's got a better goal record than Ronaldo. Messi can also run a game; Ronaldo cannot do that.
"Messi as a player can take you to a place where you can't actually believe what you're seeing. What Ronaldo does is things that other players can do. Messi can do things that you've never seen before."
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