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Messi vs Ronaldo: Gary Neville Names the Better Player as GOAT Debate Continues
- Opinion remains divided on who between Messi and Ronaldo is the better player
- However, Neville rates Ronaldo ahead of the Inter Miami star
- Neville shared the dressing room with the Portuguese during their time together at Old Trafford
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has delved into the unending football GOAT debate pitting Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The football greats have often divided opinions among fans, pundits, and fellow footballers, on who between the duo is the better player.
Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the football scene for years since they shot to prominence, with the pair winning an eyewatering 12 Ballon d'Or awards between them.
While both players have since entered the sunset years of their careers, debates on who is the GOAT keep popping up.
Recently, Neville was put to task to reflect on Ronaldo's second stint at Old Trafford.
Neville says Ronaldo is better than Messi
While the former defender contends Ronaldo's second spell with United was underwhelming, The Mirror reports that he believes the Portuguese was a better player than Messi.
Speaking to Marca, the ex-England international criticised Ronaldo for failing to “modify and adapt” during his return to United.
“I love Cristiano, he probably doesn't love me for what I said, but I would like to think that in 5-10 years he will understand that my comments came from a good place. I wanted him to understand that when you get to 35/36, the younger players in the locker room and the less talented players rely on you to take them with you and that there are different ways to be a mentor, a coach and a father in some ways," Neville said.
“He is still my favourite player of all time and the one I like the most when I talk about who is the greatest of all time. I know that many people would say Messi, but I love Cristiano," he added.
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Ronaldo lauds Messi
Sports Brief also reported that in a controversial interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo hailed Messi and Zinedine Zidane as two of the greatest he had ever witnessed.
The bombshell sit-down, which contributed to the Portuguese veteran's bitter split from Manchester United, also included a number of fascinating Ronaldo comments.