Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? Day Zinedine Zidane Ended GOAT Debate

Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? Day Zinedine Zidane Ended GOAT Debate

  • The Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo debate has dominated the football space for years now, with football lovers torn right in the middle on who is better
  • Zinedine Zidane has previously delved into the never-ending argument, with the Frenchman unsurprisingly picking Ronaldo over Messi
  • Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the football scene for years, with the pair sharing 12 Ballon d'Or titles between them

Zinedine Zidane is among a number of high-ranking members of the football fraternity who have previously delved into the Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi debate.

The argument on who between the two football stars is the greatest of all time has often left many football lovers divided.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid, Lionel Messi, PSG, Man United.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Zinedine Zidane after victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Photo by Laurence Griffiths.
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The debate has lasted for more than a decade now, with the pair dominating the football space during the period.

However, on his part, Zidane chose Ronaldo when he was once asked to choose the better player between the duo.

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Zidane, who, just like Ronaldo, is affiliated with Real Madrid, spoke highly of the Manchester United star while responding to the never-ending debate.

According to the legendary French star, Ronaldo is actually a better player than he was while he was a player.

"Cristiano is the best. Messi is his rival and it's the rivalry everyone wants to see. But Ronaldo is phenomenal," Goal quoted Zidane saying.
"There are no words to describe him. He is much better than me even though I had a great career. He's the greatest of all time," he added.

Why Zidane may have chosen Ronaldo over Messi

Both Zidane and Ronaldo have a special connection with Real Madrid.

Besides the duo playing for the La Liga giants, Zidane had a rare chance to coach Los Blancos when he went into football management.

Incredibly, Ronaldo played under the Frenchman during their time together at Santiago Bernabeu as Zidane led the Spanish side to three Champions League trophy wins and a Liga title in 2016-17.

Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane both left Real in the summer of 2018, with the former moving to Juventus in a stunning transfer.

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Earlier, Sports Brief reported Kylian Mbappe has appeared to declare himself as the heir apparent of Lionel Messi's and Cristiano Ronaldo's throne.

Mbappe has been widely touted as the next superstar to take over the two arch-nemesis who have dominated football headlines for over 10 years plus.

The pair has 12 Ballon d'Ors between them, among many other individual and collective awards.

Mbappe, meanwhile, has lit up the football world since making his debut at the age of 17.