Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Liverpool Legend Graeme Souness Changes Tune Over Who’s the GOAT

Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Liverpool Legend Graeme Souness Changes Tune Over Who’s the GOAT

  • Controversial pundit Graeme Souness has rethought his initial opinion on who is better between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
  • The two have formed a part of one of the greatest sporting rivalries of all time for more than ten years
  • Souness had initially backed Messi, but after Ronaldo's latest milestone, the retired player is not sure anymore

Former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness, now a pundit, has admitted that he is changing his mind about who is better between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The never-ending debate between the two arguably best-ever has always been divisive. The duo has shared the stage for more than a decade, winning almost everything at their disposal.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, GOAT debate, Graeme Souness, Camp Nou, December 8 2020, Barcelona, Juventus
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at their previous clubs in 2020. Photo by Josep Lago.
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Souness had previously admitted that he was pro-Messi. After Ronaldo scored his landmark 700th club career goal over the weekend however, he admitted that he was now leaning towards Ronaldo.

The pundit revealed that Ronaldo's ability to thrive in different leagues has given him an edge over his arch-rival. He was speaking on Talksports as quoted by the Mirror:

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"Ronaldo has done it in the big leagues. Messi has huffed and puffed in France and obviously, he's done in Spain and the Champions League. But Cristiano's done it in three leagues now. Spain, Italy and England, whereas Messi, OK, he's having a good year this year, but he's only really done it in Spain."

The World Cup will present another opportunity for both GOATs

Messi is currently enjoying a better season of the two. The Paris Saint-Germain forward has been in scintillating form under Christophe Galtier, bagging five goals and seven assists so far in 10 games.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, has had to play second-fiddle in Erik ten Hag's plans. Both of them will be chasing glory at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar next month.

Fans react as Ronaldo becomes the first person to reach 700 club career goals

Sports Brief had earlier reported that fans have taken to social media to send Cristiano Ronaldo a congratulatory message after he finally hit the 700-goal mark.

Ronaldo has not been in good shape since the start of the new season, with his struggle for the form being punctuated by a lack of game time under Erik ten Hag.

The veteran striker has only been limited to Europa League appearances, managing just one Premier League start so far.