Dani Carvajal: Real Madrid Star States Difference Between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Dani Carvajal: Real Madrid Star States Difference Between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Elijah Odetokun
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal has weighed in on the raging GOAT debate
  • Carvajal was stylish in his approach and did not give a decisive answer on the best
  • Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been embroiled in the rivalry since 2008

The ever-raging debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on who is the greatest of all time doesn't look like it will end as Dani Carvajal gives his thoughts.

Messi winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup and consequently picking up a record-extending eighth Ballon d'Or has not deterred Ronaldo fans from sticking behind their man.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, El Clasico, Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi's Barcelona defeated Cristiano Ronaldo and Real 5-0 during El Clasico in 2010. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP.
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Both mercurial superstars are no longer at the peak of their powers. They have departed European football, with the former Barcelona man playing at Inter Miami while his rival plays for Al-Nassr.

Even in the United States and Saudi Arabia, their achievements per time get compared, and fans on social media use it to score cheap points against the other fanbase.

Carvajal speaks on GOAT debate

Real Madrid defender, Carvajal, is the latest to share his thoughts on the debate, refusing to pick sides and only stating the difference between the two.

“Messi or Ronaldo? I put them on the same level. I don't prefer one over the other. They are monsters in every sense of the word, and I could not choose neither this nor that. I think they are very different,” he said on the Daniel Habif Podcast.
“Messi is a player who is able to go down to receive the ball and create an attack, and he can participate in the play and create more football. Cristiano is a monster at scoring goals, attacking the area and finishing. If they were playing together, they would have been a bomb, and it would have been interesting to see.”

The Spanish defender and Portuguese star were teammates at Real Madrid and maintained a very good relationship. Per Marca, Carvajal supported his teammates when Ronaldo celebrated by apologising to the fans for missing many chances in the game.

Rafa Nadal settled GOAT debate

Sports Brief reported on Rafael Nadal settling the GOAT debate tactically due to his affiliations with Real Madrid, which he is one of the club's celebrity fans.

The tennis star acknowledged the Argentina captain as the better player and added that his connection with Los Blancos means he had to stick with the former Juventus star.

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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.