- Iker Casillas has hailed Lionel Messi as the greatest footballer ever
- This was after the Argentine scored the winner against Atletico Madrid
- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are both in contention for the 2019 Ballon d'Or
Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas who currently plays for FC Porto has declared Barcelona star Lionel Messi as the greatest footballer ever in the round leather game.
Despite playing together with Cristiano Ronaldo for many years at Real Madrid, Iker Casillas was impressed with Lionel Messi's performance for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid.
Casillas' reaction came after Lionel Messi scored the winner for Barcelona in their tough 1-0 La Liga encounter against Atletico Madrid.
The win helped Barcelona to the top of the Spanish La Liga standings with 31 points after 14 games played this season.
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“Formula for football: goalkeeper top & player (GOAT).
“Today Barcelona took the three points at Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico have played well but lacked composure in front of goal.
“Blaugrana remain top of the League. Atletico have to fight for the Champions League zone,'' Casillas explained on social media.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two greatest rivals in football and their rivalry has been for more than 10 years.
They have both won the Ballon d'Or award five times each in their careers and Lionel Messi has been tipped to win the 2019 edition.
The winner for the 2019 edition of the Ballon d'Or will be announced in Paris on Monday night, December 2.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi made a striking confession after revealing he does not want a life contract at Camp Nou despite his desire to remain at Barcelona.
The 32-year-old's future at the club remains uncertain when club President Josep Bartomeu revealed that their captain has a clause in his contract which enables him to leave at the end of the season.
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