Champions League 2017-12-20 12:23 PM

Former Barcelona play-maker and forward Rivaldo has chosen Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo as the best footballer in the world. The two superstars will go head to head the upcoming Saturday when Real Madrid host the first El Clasico of the season at their home turf.

 

Barcelona great Rivaldo is the latest to opine on the heated Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo debate. A prolific forward for the Camp Nou outfit during the 90s era of Louis Van Gaal, Rivaldo preferred La Masia raised Messi over his arch rival Cristiano as the best player in the world. Lionel Messi is currently the best in the world and he would have loved to play along side the Argentine, said Rivaldo. The Brazilian praised Ronaldo and credited him for his fifth Ballon d’Or but put his overall bet on Messi as the best in a generation.

“I would like to play with Messi, it would be amazing. He is the best of the world, the one who makes more differences,” the attacking midfielder who won the La Liga title twice with Barcelona was quoted as saying by goal.com on Tuesday.”I would like to play with Messi, it would be amazing. He is the best of the world, the one who makes more differences,” Rivaldo added. The left foot genius had himself graced the Ballon d’Or in 1999 and insisted that he could have won a few more if he was playing in the current scenario. “I would have one more than just one Ballon d’Or title in this era,At 25-26 years old, I would have been the best in the world more than once, reckoned Rivaldo.

The 45-year-old also said football was far more difficult during his time and the current generation lacks the same level of competition. “In my time there were more players than today challenging for being the best in the world, I remember Figo, Del Piero or Totti, now you always hear about the same players and I am pretty sure I could challenge with Messi and Ronaldo because football was harder in my times,” Rivaldo who scored 35 goals in 74 appearances for Brazil from 1993 to 2003 said.

As the El Clasico build up materializes both Ronaldo and Messi would be gearing up to face each other in the most highlighted contest of the year. While it is unfair to compare the two top players, it will be mouthwatering for the fans to see them lead their respective sides on Saturday. Ronaldo and Messi are on top of their game currently. While Ronaldo grabbed his fifth Ballon d’or equaling Messi’s record, lifting the Euro 2016 with Portugal in the process, Lionel Messi sharped his goalscoring pedigree finishing as the La Liga top scorer last season.

Both the talismans will have a daunting task at hand on Saturday when the Santiago Bernabéu will be hosting the most iconic football derby. The first El Clasico of the season will be an opportunity for Real to close down the points difference between them and table toppers Barca who sit 11 points adrift 4th placed Madrid.

 

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