Messi v Ronaldo: Atletico coach Simeone explains who is better and why

Says both players need teams which are suited to their playing styles


Sports Desk May 11, 2019
PHOTO: AFP

The debate over who is a better and bigger footballer between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may take decades to conclude, and Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is the latest to give his two cents on the debate.

Simeone lays out a simplistic approach to tabling the debate, saying both players fit in perfectly in different situations.

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"What I consider is that in a team with fewer solutions, Ronaldo is a better fit because he provides many solutions,” Simeone said, as per Marca.

He continued: ”[But] For a team which focuses on football, Messi is much better.”

Atletico manager further explained by saying, "We are talking about very fine margins of how a team plays. Cristiano can decide a game in a different way, he doesn’t need ten attacks. He scored two headers against us and we were out.”

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Meanwhile, he believes Messi makes you love football with his elaborate skills. "[Ronaldo] can win a game in two actions, he simplifies the situations. Messi is mesmerising because he plays elaborate football. Leo plays in a team that compliments all of his talent. He always ends up finding solutions.”

He concluded by saying that football is a team game and both players will be left nowhere without their teams. "Both need a team but the differences are very small."

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