‘It’s Cristiano Ronaldo’: Usain Bolt Reignites GOAT Debate, Snubs Messi in Top 3 Players of All Time

‘It’s Cristiano Ronaldo’: Usain Bolt Reignites GOAT Debate, Snubs Messi in Top 3 Players of All Time

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
April 19, 2024 at 7:44 AM
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  • Usain Bolt has waded into the eternal GOAT debate with his latest remark
  • The Sprint King was asked to name his favourite footballer of all time
  • He couldn't help but jump into the Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi debate

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Usain Bolt has once again sparked the never-ending greatest footballer of all time (GOAT) debate with his recent comments on the top three players in the sport's history.

The GOAT conversation seems to persist without pause. Each day brings new perspectives that only intensify the ongoing debate, leaving opinions sharply divided.

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Usain Bolt gave Lionel Messi a cold shoulder in his list of top three footballers of all time. Photos by Yasser Bakhsh, Ian MacNicol and Azael Rodriguez.
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In his latest contribution to the discussion, Bolt, renowned as the fastest human alive, has notably omitted Lionel Messi from his list of the top three players of all time.

The legendary sprinter, holder of numerous records in the 100-metre and 200-metre races, instead declared his allegiance to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Usain Bolt snubs Messi in GOAT debate

During a quick-fire segment, Bolt faced a challenging query: to name his favourite footballer.

Exclaiming, "Oh my god," Bolt answered, as cited by Essentially Sport: “I’m just going to keep it simple. I think Pele, Maradona, and Cristiano Ronaldo are my favourite footballers.”

When quipped about his decision not to include eight-time Ballon d'Or winner, Lionel Messi, the former athlete reaffirmed his choice, stating, “Yeah, for sure. It’s Cristiano Ronaldo.”

Usain Bolt's record in athletics

Undoubtedly, the 37-year-old stands as the most decorated sprinter in history, boasting an impressive tally of eight gold medals and 11 world titles amassed during his illustrious career.

He shattered records at every turn, and to this day, he remains the holder of three world records: 9.58 seconds in the 100 metres and 19.19 seconds in the 200 meters, per the Olympics.

Furthermore, he played a pivotal role in the Jamaican relay team that set the world record of 36.84 seconds in 2012.

Usain Bolt vs Kylian Mbappe: Jamaican dismisses comparison

During PSG's UEFA Champions League match against Real Sociedad, Kylian Mbappe clocked a time of 10.90 seconds within a distance of 100 metres.

This prompted comparisons to Usain Bolt's world record time of 9.58 seconds, set in 2009. As reported by Sports Brief, the 37-year-old sprinting legend offered his thoughts on this Comparison.

When asked about the comparison to the Frenchman, Bolt dismissed it outright.

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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.