- Gerard Pique played alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United
- Pique believes that Ronaldo works hard but that Messi is number one when it comes to the two players
- Messi and Pique fell out after reports the Spanish defender was to blame for the Argentine's Barca exit
Not many players can boast having played alongside both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at club level.
Former Barcelona player, Gerard Pique is one footballer who has had that honour and he's now opened up on who the greatest of the two is.
Pique chooses Messi over Ronaldo
As reported by Give Me Sport, Pique praised Ronaldo for his work ethic but admitted Messi was the best.
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“I think that in terms of talent, Messi is number one, for sure. It’s true that Cristiano has worked very hard to try and compete and fight for that first spot, but if you see the careers of both… I would choose Messi, for sure," he said.
He added that the Argentine winning the 2022 World Cup at 35 further proved his talent.
Pique played alongside the veteran at Barcelona and with Ronaldo at Manchester United. He also admitted the battle between the two has been impressive to watch and he ceded they had both done well.
A frosty relationship
Pique also touched on his relationship with Messi, saying he didn't congratulate his former teammate on winning the World Cup, because he was disconnecting himself from the sport following his retirement and didn't watch any of the games in full.
The Spanish defender and the Argentine forward's relationship has deteriorated over the years, amid reports Pique encouraged Barcelona's board not to renew Messi's contract in 2021.
Marca reported that Messi branded his former teammate a traitor once he found out about the allegations. The publication reported that the football genius wrote the word 'Judas' on a blackboard at Barcelona before he left - aimed at the defender.
WizKid chooses Ronaldo
Nigerian musician, Wizkid has sparked more debate among football fans after picking Ronaldo as the best over Messi.
Over the years, the serious rivalry between the two veterans has generated continued debates among the respective fan bases.
Messi has won seven Ballon d'Or awards and a World Cup to his name, while Ronaldo has won the golden ball five times.
Torres gives his verdict
Sports Brief also reported onthe football world continuing to be divided on the greatest of all-time between Messi and Ronaldo.
The debate continues to rage on, with former and current footballers weighing in on who’s better between the two superstars.
Fernando Torres is the latest star to wade into the debate after partaking in the 'This or That?' challenge on social media.