- Alex Ferguson was Cristiano Ronaldo’s boss at the Old Trafford for six years
- The legendary tactician has aired his opinion about the Messi vs Ronaldo debate
- The 78-year-old described Messi as a Barcelona player and that Ronaldo can play with both feet
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has given his personal opinion about the unending debate on who the better player is between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Argentine, as well as the Portuguese sensation, have put the entire football world on a standstill for close to two decades as they continue to shatter and set new records.
A debate over the pair could be branded as religion as fans, pundits, as well as footballers, have pitched their tent for either of the icons.
Messi and Ronaldo have split a massive 11 Ballon d’Or titles between themselves with the Argentine having six, while the Portuguese has claimed five.
In his opinion, Ferguson who was in charge when Ronaldo joined Manchester United in 2003 has stressed that both players are important to their respective teams.
He told snooker champion, John Parrott, as cited in The Mirror:
"People say who is the best player in the world? And plenty of people quite rightly say Messi - you can't dispute that opinion.
"But Ronaldo could play for Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, Doncaster Rovers... anyone, and score a hat-trick in a game. I'm not sure Messi could do it.
"Ronaldo's got two feet, he's quick, great in the air, he's brave - Messi's brave, of course. I think Messi's a Barcelona player."
Ronaldo has been outstanding for three different clubs winning top trophies at United, Real Madrid and Juventus respectively, while Messi has remained a Barcelona player for his entire career but attempted to leave last summer.
Ferguson was again questioned about who he'd pick between the duo in 2017 and he echoed the same sentiment:
"When the ball is at Lionel Messi's feet it is like he is wearing slippers. I think Messi is a Barcelona player but Ronaldo could be playing for Stockport County and he would score a hat-trick.
"He is brilliant in the air and he has two feet."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has been heavily linked away from Italian club Juventus but reports say the 35-year-old striker has no intentions to dump the Old Lady.
French champions PSG are also said to be lurking around to activate a deal for the Portuguese after the club’s sporting director Leonardo refused to rule out a contract for the multiple Ballon d’Or winner.
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