Cristiano Ronaldo’s 17 Former Teammates Who Declared Lionel Messi as the GOAT

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 17 Former Teammates Who Declared Lionel Messi as the GOAT

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at December 1, 2023 at 9:15 AM
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  • Lionel Messi has been picked as the GOAT by most of Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammates
  • Ronaldo and Messi have been involved in the GOAT debate for years
  • The pair have won 13 Ballon d’Or awards between them

Who is the greatest footballer of all time? Some of Cristiano Ronaldo’s former teammates believe arch-rival Lionel Messi should get the gong ahead of the Al Nassr superstar.

Messi and Ronaldo shared the stage at the football summit for more than a decade, primarily on opposite sides of the Barcelona-Real Madrid divide, and won several awards along the way.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are regarded as two of the greatest footballers of their generation. Photo by AFP Contributor
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According to GOAL, both superstars have remarkably netted over 690 club goals in their careers so far, with the five seasons between 2009-10 and 2014-15 proving particularly golden as they pushed each other to greater heights.

Ronaldo and Messi have been mentioned as the greatest footballers of all time (GOAT) by their fanbases as the debate between the pair for who is better continues to dominate arguments between both sets of fanbases.

Here, Sports Brief highlights Ronaldo’s former teammates who have picked Messi as their preferred candidate for the GOAT debate as oppossed to supporting the former Real Madrid and Juventus forward.

Ronaldo’s GOAT legacy crumbles

Sergio Ramos, Rio Ferdinand and Mesut Ozil are some of Cristiano Ronaldo’s former teammates who have picked Lionel Messi as the GOAT ahead of the Al Nassr superstar, AZSCORE reports.

A recent social media thread shed light on the fact that 17 of the Portugal forward’s former teammates have chosen to side with Messi in the ever-present GOAT discussion.

Unlike Messi, Ronaldo has played in three of Europe’s top five leagues after stints with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus and played with some of the best players of his generation.

17 players who snubbed Ronaldo

  1. Wayne Rooney
  2. Dimitar Berbatov
  3. Mesut Ozil
  4. Gareth Bale
  5. Sergio Ramos
  6. Rio Ferdinand
  7. Wojciech Szczesny
  8. Luka Modric
  9. Marcus Rashford
  10. Luke Shaw
  11. Paul Scholes
  12. Angel di Maria
  13. David de Gea
  14. Iker Casillas
  15. Gerard Pique
  16. Matthijs de Ligt
  17. Deco

Carragher angers Ronaldo fans

Earlier, Sports Brief reported the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi debate is probably the longest-running football debate in history and every week, there's a fresh take from pundits and ex-footballers.

This time, it was Jamie Carragher who gave another take on the debate, and Ronaldo fans were outraged.

During the CBS Sports Champions League broadcast this week, the former Liverpool defender said the endless debate is not even close.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..