Messi vs Ronaldo: The One Character Trait the Two Football Greats Share

Messi vs Ronaldo: The One Character Trait the Two Football Greats Share

Fred Kennedy
  • Footballing greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have a long-standing rivalry
  • Despite their 'beef', the PSG star and former Manchester United striker share a trait
  • Messi and Ronaldo have amassed an amazing 12 Ballon d'Or awards between them

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have, for the longest time, dominated the football scene thanks to their incredible talent and work ethic.

The duo's dominance has seen them collect 12 Ballon d'Or awards between them, with Messi winning a record seven.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, Argentina, Louis van Gaal, Erik ten Hag.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi during the UEFA Champions League Draw at Salle des Princes in Monaco. Photo by Harold Cunningham.
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While the two football greats share different perspectives about some aspects of the game, there is one incredible similarity they have.

Back in November, Ronaldo made the headlines - all for the wrong reasons - after his explosive interview with Piers Morgan which led to the termination of his Man United deal.

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At the time, the Portuguese star aimed a dig at United boss Erik ten Hag, accusing the tactician of disrespecting him.

"I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me," Goal quoted Ronaldo saying with regard to Ten Hag.

Messi hits out at LVG

It has now emerged that Messi equally dislikes it when he is perceived to be disregarded.

Recently, the Argentine star hit out at the Netherlands boss Louis Van Gaal, claiming the Dutchman had shown him disrespect.

The incident is understood to have happened during their World Cup meeting, where Argentina stunned the Netherlands to advance to the semis.

"I feel disrespected by Van Gaal after his pre-game comments and some Dutch players spoke too much during the game," Messi told reporters via ESPN.

Ronaldo excited about Messi

Sports Brief earlier reported that Ronaldo Nazario will be excited but also conflicted, should Messi and Argentina win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Ronaldo's Brazil - touted as tournament favourites - bowed out of the competition in melodramatic fashion, conceding a late equaliser before losing in a penalty shootout to Croatia.

With Argentina billed to face Croatia in the semi-finals, the Brazil football icon discussed the possibility of La Albiceleste winning the coveted Mundial in Qatar this year.