A discussion has been going on in world football for almost a decade and a half – who is the best? Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? This discussion comes up every season, every year, in every tournament. But no definite decision is ever found.
This time he joined the discussion with former Netherlands coach Marco von Basten. According to him, although Ronaldo is a very good footballer, he cannot be compared with Messi. Even those who say Ronaldo is better than Messi think they know nothing about football.
“Cristiano is a great player now,” said Basten, 56, in an interview with Carrier Dale Sport. But those who say he (Ronaldo) is better than Messi, they know nothing about football. Or they say it out of their own bad faith. ‘
Explaining why Messi is ahead of Ronaldo, the former Netherlands coach added: “Messi is unique, just like himself. Impossible to imitate him, impossible to be like him. Players like Messi come only once in 50 or 100 years.
Basten, the legendary footballer of AC Milan and Ajax, passed away at the age of 26 due to injury. But before that he won three Ballon d’Ors. He is reluctant to accept Messi as the best of all time, even if he puts Ronaldo ahead.
“Pele, Diego Maradona and Johan Cruyff – I think the best three footballers of all time,” Basten told Marca. As a kid, I used to be like Cruyff. He was my best friend. I miss him. Pele-Maradona was great too. ‘
Basten added: “Messi is a great player. But Maradona had a personality in the team. Messi is not one to push himself in any fight. I haven’t forgotten about Cristiano Ronaldo, Michel Platini or Zinedine Zidane. “