- Lionel Messi has been picked as the hardest opponent by Arne Friedrich
- The German football legend explained that he has faced Ronaldo and Messi
- Messi has won six Ballon d'Or awards while Cristiano Ronaldo is having five
Former Germany international Arne Friedrich has stated clearly that the duo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are on the same level of football and they are truly great players.
But the 41-year-old picked the Barcelona star as the one who is more difficult to face than the Portugal international considering his stature.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been involved in serious rivalries over the years with these two players setting more records on a daily basis.
Everyday, football fans continue to argue on who is the best between these two stars going by their achievements and records.
According to the report on GOAL, Arne Friedrich who played against these two players explained that he had more trouble while facing Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
“I was able to play against both Messi and Ronaldo.
“If I had to commit myself to one, it would be Messi. He has a different centre of gravity, Ronaldo is more my size. Both are at the same level, but Messi was harder to defend for me because he had a different style of play.”
Between 2002 and 2011, Arne Friedrich played 82 games for the German national team and was able to score only one goal before he retired.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Cristiano Ronaldo clocks 36 on Friday, February 5 and the world has continued to send heartwarming messages to the multiple Ballon d’Or winner across all possible platforms.
His girlfriend Georgina has taken to her Instagram handle to celebrate the Juventus striker sharing a picture of both of them relaxing in the snow.
In her message, the beautiful Spanish model thanked the Portuguese for contributing so much into her life and that of his loved ones.
The TV personality met Ronaldo during the forward's nine-year reign at Real Madrid and they both have a child together.
Ibitoye Shittu is an award winning Sports Journalist with more than 10 years experience in News-writing, reporting and Public Relation. He is an HND and B.SC holder of Mass Communication and can be reached on Twitter @Ibishittu