Barcelona legend, Xavi Hernandez has denied ever saying that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is not a smart player but maintains that Lionel Messi is a better player while he tipped Spain as favourites for Euro 2016.
The former La Roja midfielder explained that past comments about the three-time FIFA Ballon DO’r winner were misconstrued in translation.
“Cristiano doesn’t seem as good a player at working with teammates, so I argued Lionel Messi is the best because he has two speeds, with teamwork and his actual speed. At no time did I speak of intelligence. I didn’t say Cristiano isn’t smart at all,” the Al Sadd midfielder told Marca.
Xavi expects Spain to do well at the Euro 2016 coming up in June.
“They’re on the lines to compete well. They’ve got a difficult group but with a great Coach, who knows what to do, the players, and has a very good way to play,” he continued.
“There other teams who will compete. Obviously you can’t compete in or win every event.”
Xavi reveals that he misses his time at the Camp Nou and hails them as the best team in the world.
“There’s an inequality at a football and economic level with Madrid and Barca in respect to the others, and in that sense there’s a lot of merit to what Atletico Madrid are doing,” he said.
“I miss the Barca dressing room, the jokes, the rondos, the footballing level. Barca is the best team in the world and only Bayern Munich come close.”