Former Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson in his opinion believes that Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is a better footballer than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi because the former ‘exhausts himself’ to be the best.
During an enthralling Q&A hosted by the actor James Nesbitt that lasted 90 minutes as published by the Daily Mail, Ferguson told some wonderful stories about work ethic and concentration, the ‘disease’ of complacency and exactly why he believes Ronaldo to be better than the Argentine.
Ferguson praised Messi’s ability but claimed that Ronaldo is better because he ‘could play for Stockport County and score a hat-trick”.
“It’s interesting to me that we hear so much about two players these days: Ronaldo and Messi.
“Now don’t get me wrong, Messi is a fantastic player, it’s like he’s wearing slippers when he controls the ball. But here, for me, is the difference. Messi is a Barcelona player.
“But Ronaldo could play for Stockport County and score a hat-trick. He has everything. He can shoot with both feet, head the ball, he’s as brave as a lion, and here’s something else people overlook. “During my time at Manchester United I was lucky enough to have a lot of people who put in countless extra hours to get better.
“Gary Neville turned himself from an average footballer into a wonderful one because of his work ethic, as did David Beckham.
“But Ronaldo used to completely exhaust himself, and still does. He just wanted to be the best in the world.” Ferguson stated.
The debate has raged on ever since Ronaldo made his name with United, with the Portuguese claiming his first European crown in 2008 before claiming the Ballon d’Or at the end of the calendar year, and it’s clear why Ferguson holds Ronaldo above all the other players he has worked with.
Messi may have more Ballon d’Or awards than Ronaldo as he leads the battle to be the best player in the world 5-3, but Ronaldo can at least strengthen his claims to take back the award when his Real Madrid side face Atletico in the Champions League final at the end of the month.