NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal Declares Love for Messi, Sends Plea to PSG Star

NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal Declares Love for Messi, Sends Plea to PSG Star

Elijah Odetokun
updated at May 27, 2023 at 5:46 PM
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  • Lionel Messi cemented his status as one of the greatest ever after helping Argentina win the World Cup
  • He has been in an endless GOAT debate with long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo
  • NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is the latest to add his voice to the debate stylishly,

Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal is the latest to add his voice to the ongoing and endless GOAT debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi took one step ahead of his close competitor by helping Argentina win the 2022 FIFA World Cup held in Qatar in December.

It was the final piece of Messi’s career, having reached the final in a losing attempt to Germany in Brazil in 2014. He was named the best player on both occasions - the only player to win the award twice.

Lionel Messi, Enzo Fernandez, Rodrigo De Paul, Angel Di Maria, Alexis Mac Allister, Argentina, Curacao.
Lionel Messi leads his Argentina teammates to applaud the fans after their first game on home soil as world champions. Photo by Juan Mabromata.
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Ronaldo had an outing to forget in Qatar; his only goal against Ghana made him the only player to score in five tournaments, as talkSPORT reported. However, a quarter-final elimination left him in tears.

O’Neal declares love for Messi

As he is fondly referred to, Big Shaq caught up with Club Miami TV at the NBA Eastern Conference finals and was asked to send a message to Messi.

“I would like to tell you that I love you, brother. You are the best and it will be a pleasure to get to know you,” he said in a mixture of English and Spanish, via Albiceleste Talk.

Shaq’s dream of meeting the Argentine superstar could soon become a reality. He is confirmed to be leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer, and Major League Soccer is one of the possible destinations.

According to CBS Sports, David Beckham’s Inter Miami remain interested in bringing the 35-year-old, who has a house in Florida, to the MLS, despite a mouthwatering offer from Saudi Arabia.

Cahill indecisive in GOAT debate

Sports Brief reported that former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill gave his verdict on the GOAT debate but could not choose one.

He played against both men during his time at Stamford Bridge. He praised the two excellent sportsmen and passed on the question of the greatest.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.