“If it were the same, I would have 15 Ballon d’Ors”

Comparisons between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, which seemed to have been settled after the Argentine’s title in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, continue to be daily bread.

In stadiums, for example, they insist on offending CR7 by yelling that Messi is better. Meanwhile, players and ex-players affirm that, despite having fewer Ballon d’Ors, the Portuguese is better than the 10 of the Albiceleste. Such is the case of Patrice Evra, a former French soccer player who dazzled at Manchester United, with whom he won a Champions League.

In conversation with Rio Ferdinand, a legend of the Red Devilson his YouTube channel, Evra supported why he prefers Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi, although there are those who consider that the Argentine is the best in history, even above Pelé and Diego Armando Maradona.

According to Evra, Cristiano Ronado is less talented than Messi, but he is more disciplined. Likewise, he explained that he became the best in the world because of his work.

Partrice Evra, former Manchester United player, expressed why he likes Cristiano Ronaldo more than Messi. Photo: AFP – Photo: Photo: AFP

“I want to explain why I say that Ronaldo is the best of all. It’s not just because he’s my brother, but because I love his work ethic. God gave Messi talent, while Cristiano had to work. He also has talent, but he works a lot,” said Evra, now 41 years old.

Evra also argued that if Messi were just as industrious as CR7, he would not have seven Ballon d’Ors, but 15, although it should be remembered that La Pulga has two The Best awards given by Fifa, the most recent of which was received in February 2022.

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“If Messi had the work ethic of Cristiano Ronaldo, he would probably have 15 Ballon d’Ors today. I love people who work hard and that’s why I choose Ronaldo over Messi.” he claimed.

Gianni Infantino presented the award to Lionel Messi.  Photo: Reuters.
Gianni Infantino presented The Best award to Lionel Messi for his campaign in 2022. Photo: Reuters. – Photo: REUTERS

Despite his taste for the discipline of Cristiano Ronaldo, Evra was not radical, as other fans can be, but rather he assured that he respected those who prefer Lionel Messi over the Lusitanian player. For tastes, colors, as the adage says.

“I know that after the World Cup, people say that the greatest of all time is Messi, but Ronaldo is on a different level. I don’t want to compare them, if someone chooses Messi, I will respect him.” added Patrice Evra, who wore the France jersey in two editions of the World Cup: South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014.

Müller also prefers Cristiano Ronaldo

Hours before PSG was eliminated from the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich, Müller, one of the Bavarian club’s benchmarks, blamed the way in which the team won most of the times they faced Lionel Messi.

In addition, he compared the performance of the 10 of the albiceleste with his eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.

In conversation with the German magazine kickerMuller stated: “Against Messi, things always go well at all levels in terms of results. At club level, Cristiano Ronaldo was our problem when he was at Real Madrid”.

Müller made a 'past' comparison between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Müller made a ‘past’ comparison between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. – Photo: Photos 1 and 3, from AFP – Photo 2, from Getty Images.
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Müller, somewhat irreverent, as he has been seen on few occasions, claimed to keep track of the times Bayern Munich won against a club with the presence of Messi, who, despite criticism, achieved the most desired title for any footballer and for which he was criticized on more than one occasion: the World Cup.

“Naturally, I know my statistics in matches against Messi. Before a game like tomorrow’s, they always talk about those things. There is the 2-8 against Barcelona, ​​but I think that more important than that was the 7-0 aggregate in our favor in the 2013 semi-final”, stated Müller.

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