Monday, 5 February 2018

'Lionel Messi is harder to defend against than Cristiano Ronaldo' - Thiago Silva.

PSG Skipper, Thiago Silva has reignited the flame of the age-old debate by backing Lionel Messi as the superior footballer to Cristiano Ronaldo. 
Both have battled for the title of 'the world's best' for the past decade, sharing the last 10 Ballon d'Or's with five each.
Judging by the start of the year and their current form and potential, Messi seems the most likely to go on to claim a record sixth Ballon d'Or out of the pair come the end of the year, while Paris Saint-Germain defender Silva has named one small difference that separates the two.
'It's harder to defend against Lionel Messi than Cristiano Ronaldo,' Silva said according to Spanish news outlet Sport. 'Cristiano deserved to win everything he's won in his career. This year is a bit harder for him but it's not over yet. He could still win the next Ballon d'Or.'
Ronaldo will be keen to prove Silva wrong though when the pair meet in the Champions League last 16 in a fortnight's time. The PSG defender, though, was insistent Messi has the edge.
'The little difference between them is that Messi, with the ball, one on one, or even against two, is difficult to stop.'
Messi has fired Barcelona to a commanding nine-point lead in La Liga with 20 goals in 22 league appearances, along with another seven in the Champions League and domestic cup competitions. 

Ronaldo meanwhile, has struggled to produce the form Real Madrid supporters have become so accustomed to seeing since he arrived in 2009 from Manchester United.
The Portuguese forward, who turned 33 on Monday, has just eight goals in his 17 La Liga appearances, but managed nine in the Champions League group stages, which was only enough to see Zinedine Zidane's side finish second to Tottenham.
Real are out of the title race, crashed out of the Copa del Rey in January and face an uphill task when they face Silva's PSG later this month.
However, while Messi is arguably experiencing a more flourishing start to the New Year, both rivals featured in the UEFA team of the year, which was released last month.
Ronaldo's former team-mate Carlos Tevez has recently weighed in on the debate that has spanned the last decade, claiming Messi is the more 'natural' of the pair, while current Barca boss has also backed the Argentine Barca legend.
Since August 2007, Messi has managed only 14 more goals than his rival in his 546 professional matches, while Ronaldo is just short of 500 club goals having played 23 fewer.

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