Who is the world's best footballer? Often, people like to compare Ronaldo and Messi—an unavoidable comparison, since they are clearly two of the very best the round leather game has produced in the last 10 years.
Actually both players are miles away from anybody else who comes in 3rd—nobody is disputing that.
The debate around who is the best player Ronaldo or Messi, has been the hot topic for well over a decade as the two superstars share an impressive five Ballon d’ors between them. An unprecedented feat.
Such is the dominance of the two football players. And after the Portugal forward decided to leave Long term club Real Madrid and join Juventus in €105 million transfer deal, the former Italy star Cassano, compared the two footballing superstars with tennis greats Nadal and Federer. Here is his take on it.
“I love Messi not as a counter-point to Cristiano, but because in my view he’s the best of all time and the emotions he gives me are unique,” Cassano told Vanity Fair.
“If I have to rationalise it or convince you, I ask you to find me someone else who handles the ball and scores so consistently as Messi.
“Cristiano lacks nothing, let’s be clear, but that’s not the point. I love tennis. Now, Cristiano is like Nadal, a fantastic athlete built on talent, but also hard work and desire.
He believes Messi is more like Federer. In his own words: "Pure artistry and class"
In a surprise change of clubs, Cristiano Ronaldo‘s move from Real Madrid to Juventus sent shockwaves across the football world. Even rivalling news of the final stages of the ongoing World Cup.
They came out in large numbers to see the talented athletes and showman. The Portuguese predictably arrived in Turin to a grand reception with fans assembling by the thousands for a glimpse at their new superstar.
Cristiano is certainly One man who can change the face of a game in a second. But another man who can't afford to get carried away with all the hype and fanfare though, is Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri.
Having the Portuguese star in your team is a mind blowing deal, but knowing exactly how to use him on the pitch to full benefit, requires some skill. The Italian will undoubtedly be thrilled with such a valuable and extravagant addition to his side’s roster but like any high-end asset, Ronaldo demands sophisticated management and plenty of maintenance.
It could go either way, depending on how it is handled. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner could just as easily prove to be detrimental to the Serie A giants if not utilised properly and it’s Allegri’s job to devise a system that strikes the right balance between getting the most out of Ronaldo without compromising the rest of the team.
But one thing is for certain, with Cristiano Ronaldo on the team, just like his former coach the special one Jose Mourinho recently predicted, it could revive the Italian league.