Messi vs Ronaldo: Lauren James Makes Interesting GOAT Pick As Women’s Super League Begins

Messi vs Ronaldo: Lauren James Makes Interesting GOAT Pick As Women’s Super League Begins

Martin Moses
September 30, 2023 at 1:46 PM
  • Lauren James offered some interesting opinions when asked to chime in on the GOAT debate
  • James, sister to Chelsea men's captain Reece James, is one of the best female footballers
  • She will be among the protagonists when the new season of the Women's Super League kicks off on October 1

Chelsea Women's star Lauren James has waded into the never-ending GOAT debate ahead of the start of the Women's Super League season.

James will be back in the thick of things for her club when they play Tottenham Hotspur in the opening game week on October 1. The Blues, coached by Emma Hayes, are seeking to win their fifth consecutive title.

Lauren James, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
Lauren James during a Chelsea training session on September 29. Photo by Harriet Lander - Chelsea FC.
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Ahead of that game, James was engaged in a quickfire segment where she picked Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo. The footballers are regarded as the best ever to ever in history, with their fans often finding it hard to agree with the other faction.

Lauren James' thoughts on Messi vs Hazard

James, however, had a different answer when quizzed on who she would go for between Messi and Eden Hazard, to which the 22-year-old settled on the latter. Hazard is undoubtedly one of Chelsea's greatest-ever players, despite things taking a turn for the worse when he joined Real Madrid.

"I just like the way he plays, the way he dribbles. I still love Messi, but Hazard will always be my favourite," said James in an interview with Sky Sports.

The winger was one of England's standout performances at the 2023 Women's World Cup, where they lost the final to Spain. She starred in the group stage before picking up a red-carded in the round of 16. She named Brazil's Marta as her favourite women's player of all time.

Women's Super League most valuable players

Ahead of the league return, Sports Brief takes a look at the most valuable players in the league. Having scored 54 goals in 67 league appearances, Sam Kerr leads the list, followed by Arsenal trio Alessia Russo, Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead.

Only Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City have players in the top 10.

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