Messi is a better player than Ronaldo, claims Basten
Former Holland manager Marco van Basten has insisted anyone that who thinks Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi knows nothing about football.
PSG forward Messi and Manchester United star Ronaldo have been compared for years in the debate of who is the best player in the world as they have gone head-to-head in their glittering careers.
The two are almost impossible to split when it comes to goals, honours and assists, but Van Basten has firmly stated his view on the ongoing debate.
‘Cristiano is a great player, but those who say he is better than Messi knows nothing about football, or they are saying it in bad faith,’ the 57-year-old told Corriere Dello Sport.
‘Messi is one of a kind. Impossible to imitate and impossible to repeat. A player like him comes along every 50 or 100 years. As a kid, he fell into the football genius pot.’
The former AC Milan and Ajax icon, who won three Ballon d’Ors before an injury led to early retirement at 28, has however insisted that despite his talent Messi is not even in the top three players of all time.
The Argentine superstar may have won a record seven Ballon d’Or awards in his record-breaking career, as well as scoring over 800 goals for both club and country.