Former Barcelona captain Xavi has claimed that while Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player in his own right, he cannot be compared to Lionel Messi who he says can play in any type of situation.
The debate of which one of Ronaldo and Messi is better has been raging for the better part of the last decade, with one of the two always winning the FIFA Ballon D’Or given for the best player in the world. However, Xavi claims that despite Ronaldo’s heroics, he has some limitations while Messi has no weaknesses.
Speaking to Marca, as reported by FourFourTwo, Xavi said, “Messi is a master in the collective and individual senses. But for Ronaldo, that kind of linking up takes a lot. Messi does everything well.”
Xavi: “Messi makes any player better. The whole group made me better, because I need all my team-mates.”#WeAreMessi pic.twitter.com/vc1Q8jKwCn
— Leo Messi (@WeAreMessi) September 2, 2017
“If a coach were to say, ‘We’re going to play with us all running back’ then Messi would also be the best at that. If you ask Ronaldo to play with one or two touches then I don’t know if he would be the best. Ronaldo is [the best] as a shooter, he’s incredible at that and is a historic player.”
“But with Messi you cannot compare. He is the best player at Barcelona and he would also be the best if playing for [Diego] Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.”
Xavi: “Messi is a master in the collective and individual senses. Ronaldo, that kind of linking up takes a lot. Messi does everything well.”
— FC Barcelona Fl (@FCBarcelonaFl) September 2, 2017
Xavi and Messi played for 11 years together at Barcelona, winning numerous trophies and the former Spain international claims that Messi along with his teammates made him a better player.
“Messi makes any player better. The whole group made me better, because I need all my team-mates. I can’t do things alone, I’m not that strong and am better in positional play, knowing where my team-mates are.”
While the debate on who is the better player seems to be never ending, Messi and Ronaldo both have performed heroic feats over the years and both must be appreciated as two of the greatest players in the history of football.