In this modern era of football, the debate of Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo has been going on for a decade now, With fans of both superstars engaging in a heated battle on social media. Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri has also given his statement on this topics and urged fans of both Messi and Ronaldo to enjoy their matches equally and described them as “pure geniuses”
Messi and Ronaldo both are amongst the greatest of all time and they have proven this by being consistent and dominating world football since their respective debuts. With a total of 11 Ballon d’Or awards and several other individual awards, both the legends have inspired an entire generation of footballers and youngsters.
Another player who has been on the same level for Indian Football and acted as a messiah for the Indian fans. The Bengaluru FC captain is undoubtedly one of the greatest this country has ever produced. Sunil Chhetri is a huge follower of European football and has often given us his opinions on several topics related to European and World Football.
Recently in an interview with Sportstar, the Indian captain was asked to choose between Messi and Ronaldo, he admitted that he is a massive fan of both Messi and Ronaldo. While Chhetri admitted that Messi is “different”, he was also quick to praise Ronaldo by saying he is more “complete”. But in the end, he gave an upper hand to Messi by calling him “Superior”.
Here is what the Indian captain said:
“I love to follow Cristiano Ronaldo, too. For me, it’s a very good example of how much hard work he puts in. When it comes to learning, I follow Cristiano Ronaldo’s stuff more but I just enjoy watching Lionel Messi. The kind of goals he scores, his dribbles, his nutmegs, his understanding of the game, his touches are unbelievable.” – Chhetri on Messi and Ronaldo.
“But generally as a player, there’s no comparison between Lionel Messi and anyone else. He’s just a level up – he’s completely different. If you ask me who affects the game more, it has to be Messi. The build-up play, the passes, the assists, and understanding. The value of him in Barcelona or Argentina gives him a little edge over Ronaldo. I think he’s the best player.”
He further also added that a lot of Messi fans shower hate on Ronaldo but he finds it unnecessary and senseless. While it is unfair to compare Chhetri with Messi and Ronaldo, but the Indian captain’s goal-scoring record puts him on the list with football’s all-time greats. Chhetri has 72 International goals putting on the 11th position on the all-time top-scoring chart.