Xavi Simons: Lionel Messi’s Former PSG Teammate Snubs Him, Rates Ronaldo As GOAT

Xavi Simons: Lionel Messi’s Former PSG Teammate Snubs Him, Rates Ronaldo As GOAT

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at January 6, 2024 at 8:55 PM
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  • Xavi Simons has picked his GOAT preference between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
  • The 20-year-old eulogised one of Messi and Ronaldo as the greatest footballer of all time
  • He currently plays for RB Leipzig and previously turned out for PSG and PSV Eindhoven

Holland and RB Leipzig forward Xavi Simons has entered the ongoing and often divisive debate about the greatest footballer of all time.

Despite the rich history of iconic players like Pele, Diego Maradona, Ronaldo Nazario, and Zinedine Zidane, the conversation has largely focused on two figures: Argentine maestro Lionel Messi and Portuguese sensation Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Xavi Simons chose Cristiano Ronaldo as his GOAT despite playing alongside Messi at PSG. Photos by Megan Briggs and Yasser Bakhsh
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For nearly two decades, Messi and Ronaldo dominated global football, splitting opinions among fans, pundits, and even fellow players on who deserves the title of the Greatest of All Time (GOAT), as cited by GOAL.

Club and national loyalties often influence opinions; personal biases can sway perceptions of a player's greatness.

However, Xavi Simons, having previously played alongside Messi at Paris Saint-Germain during the 2021/22 season before moving to Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven, seems certain about his choice for the GOAT title.

Despite his time alongside the 2022 World Cup winner, Simons confidently described Cristiano Ronaldo, now plying his trade in the Saudi Pro League with Al-Nassr, with a single word: GOAT.

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Xavi Simons' career trajectory

Hailing from Barcelona's renowned La Masia academy, just like Messi, Simons was initially anticipated for greatness before leaving Catalonia for Paris.

He joined PSG in 2019 after failing to reach an agreement with Barca.

Struggling for playing time at PSG, he chose to return to his home country and signed a five-year deal with PSV, revitalizing his career and securing more opportunities in the first team.

Thriving in Eindhoven, he recorded an impressive tally of 22 goals and 12 assists in 48 games, per Transfermarkt, grabbing the attention of his former club.

Consequently, PSG bought him back in 2023. He's currently on loan at RB Leipzig, continuing to exhibit his skills on the field.

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Messi's Argentina teammate picks Ronaldo as idol

Sports Brief also reported that Manchester United winger Alejandro Garnacho would likely have ruffled a few feathers in Argentina with his latest remark about his role model, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Argentine, who models his game after CR7, has never hidden his admiration for the Portuguese phenom. He underscored his passion to emulate the career of the Al-Nassr captain in his latest interview.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.