Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini claims that the only way to stop Lionel Messi is via prayers while with adequate preparation Cristiano Ronaldo can be stopped.
Chiellini acknowledges it takes something special to stifle Messi as he outlined the importance of studying opponents before matches. The Italian defender has come up against both players and talks up their strengths.
“Having knowledge of your opponent is crucial in football, both on a team and an individual level,” Chiellini told Eurosport.
“Knowing your opponent helps you understand his characteristics, his strengths and weaknesses.
“When you mark Cristiano Ronaldo, you always try to make sure he does not get the ball to his right foot.
“When you are marking Messi, you better start praying…
“Jokes aside, every player has his own characteristics and can be analysed psychologically.”
Juventus currently leads the Serie A table with 64 points after 28 matches so far this season.