- Ronaldo and Messi have shot their way to the zenith of the ‘greatest of all time’ conversation
- The pair share a lifelong rivalry, dominating individual awards and causing records to tumble
- A former Al-Hilal top official has argued that one of the two superstars is no match for the other
Former President of Al-Hilal, Prince Abdullah bin Musaed has made an interesting claim about the long-standing debate between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Following Ronaldo’s blockbuster move to Al-Nassr to join the Saudi Arabian league, there have been recent talks over Messi’s future with Paris Saint-Germain.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Al-Hilal, who are Al-Nassr's archrivals, have offered to reignite the Ronaldo versus Messi rivalry by tabling a sensational deal for the Argentine talisman.
The proposed deal by the Saudi club will make Messi the highest-paid athlete in the history of football, topping the $215 million currently being paid to Ronaldo by his club.
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However, a former top executive of Al-Hilal believes the PSG star would not attract the fanfare and attention generated by the Portuguese star on his move to the Middle East.
“If Lionel Messi had come to Al-Hilal, the club would not have been able to surpass the media level that Al-Nassr obtained from the Cristiano Ronaldo deal,” Prince Abdullah bin Musaed said, as quoted by CX.
Ronaldo: the most Googled footballer
According to a recent study by footgoal meanwhile, as reported by Sports Brief, Ronaldo is the most Googled footballer of 2022.
The 38-year-old's popularity among enthusiasts of the sport continues to grow despite switching from Europe to the Gulf region.
According to data, Ronaldo - who currently captains Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League, is the most searched-for footballer of last year.
Eminem picks Ronaldo as GOAT
Sports Brief also reported on multiple award-winning American rapper, Eminem naming his football GOAT.
One of the greatest rappers of all-time jumped into the never-ending argument of 'who is better: Ronaldo or Messi?'
Eminem had an interesting analogy when discussing the football GOAT, saying the title of 'best' attracts hatred.