Liverpool Legend Wades into Messi Versus Ronaldo Debate, Picks Favourite

Liverpool Legend Wades into Messi Versus Ronaldo Debate, Picks Favourite

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:00 PM
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  • Steven Gerrard has shared his thoughts on the never-ending argument over who the best is between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
  • The former Liverpool captain described both players as the best of his generation and even more as he places them in the Maradona and Pele bracket
  • Steven Gerrard believes Argentina and Paris Saint Germain star Lionel Messi is a bit ahead of Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has chosen the best player between football's greatest rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The Aston Villa manager faced Cristiano Ronaldo several times during his first stint with Manchester United before meeting a couple of times in the UEFA Champions League, when the Portuguese played for Real Madrid.

Gerrard also played against Lionel Messi during the Argentine's time with Spanish giants Barcelona.

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And during an interview with former Manchester United defender Gary Neville on his Overlap YouTube Channel, the former England midfielder picked Messi over Ronaldo, claiming the PSG man is more of a better team player.

"I think they're both operating on a different planet to every footballer that's ever lived, probably besides your Peles and your Maradonas. But Messi, for me, is more of a team player. If he's in on goal, he'll look for a pass as well as obviously posting really, really good numbers individually as well," he said.

The age-long debate between Messi and Ronaldo has left the footballing world divided, as the duo try to wrap up their careers on a high as they enter their late 30's.

Ronaldo, 37, joined Manchester United in the summer transfer window while Lionel Messi left Barcelona for French giants Paris Saint Germain.

Incoming Manchester United manager makes decision about Ronaldo

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has reportedly told Manchester United chiefs that they are free to sell or allow Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo to leave this summer.

The 52-year-old Dutchman is said to have verbally agreed deal with Manchester United chiefs over replacing Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford at the end of the ongoing Premier League season.

According to the report in the UK Sun, Erik ten Hag is expected to sign a four-year deal as Manchester United coach and will be given the mandate for him to win titles at the club.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.