Messi or Ronaldo? Rafael Nadal Gives Stylish Answer to GOAT Debate

Messi or Ronaldo? Rafael Nadal Gives Stylish Answer to GOAT Debate

Elijah Odetokun
updated at July 25, 2023 at 7:36 AM
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  • Lionel Messi began his life outside of European football with Inter Miami on July 21
  • His eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo also left Europe to join Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia
  • Tennis legend Rafael Nadal was stylish when wading into the football GOAT debate

Tennis legend, Rafael Nadal, has shared his thoughts on the unending debate on who the greatest footballer of all time is between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, he also safeguarded himself from backlash with a stylish reply.

Lionel Messi, Inter Miami, Cruz Azul, Leagues Cup, DRV PNK Stadium.
Lionel Messi celebrates his debut winning goal for Inter Miami. Photo by Mike Ehrmann.
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Messi made his debut for Inter Miami in MLS on July 21 and scored a match-winning last-minute free kick, and has been dominating the headlines since.

The Argentine also had an offer from the Middle East to rekindle the rivalry with Ronaldo that they enjoyed for nine years in La Liga, but turned it down for an offer from the US team.

Ronaldo departed Europe in January and joined Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia after his Manchester United contract was terminated. The Guardian reported that he closed the door on his time in Europe in his recent post-match thoughts.

Nadal responds to GOAT question

With the debate about which of these two veterans is superior still raging, Nadal when quizzed by some fans on who he believes the GOAT of football is.

According to a video recirculated on Twitter by AlbicelesteTalk, the 22-time Grand Slam winner made a confession but buttressed his reply with logic.

“Messi is better, but I’m a Madrid fan,” he said.

Winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar switched many fans to the former Barcelona captain, with Ronaldo's Portugal going out in the quarter-final of the same tournament.

However, the football GOAT argument remains one which may never be resolved.

LeBron acknowledges Messi's greatness

Sports Brief also reported on LeBron James acknowledging Messi's greatness after watching the Argentine's debut with Inter Miami against Cruz Azul live at the DVR PNK Stadium.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend was spotted at the stadium alongside other American sports stars and celebrities, including Serena Williams, Tom Brady, and Kim Kardashian.

Kipchoge chooses his football GOAT

Sports Brief also reported on marathon icon, Eliud Kipchoge choosing between Messi and Ronaldo as the long-standing football GOAT debate continues to rage.

In 2020, the two-time Olympic marathon winner and current world record-holder was asked which player he believes is superior and his answer was intriguing.

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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.
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