Star player Lionel Messi lists down his top 5 players in the world with a twist
The all-time great Lionel Messi was asked to name five footballers who he believes were the best last year. However, the list had two exceptions, which were not to include him and Juventus Legend Cristiano Ronaldo.
Both Ronaldo and Messi have won five and six Ballon d’Or respectively, however, the monotony was broken in 2018, when Luka Modric won the trophy.
Speaking of the title wins, Messi is in the process to win the 11th La Liga title with 14 goals in his 16 league performance, and Ronaldo showing the same form for Juventus. CR7 has managed 16 goals in his 17 Serie A appearances this year and is right on his way to a second league title in his third European League
Messi told Spanish outlet Marca in 2019, “It was nice to have Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga because of the prestige he gave him, although it was hard to see him raise titles.
“[But] excluding him and me, the best players in the world are (Kylian) Mbappe, Neymar, (Eden) Hazard, (Luis) Suarez and Kun [Sergio Aguero].”
The 34-year-old told RMC Sport when RMC Sport asked about their rivalry, Messi exclaimed, “I really admire the career he has had so far.
“He has already said that he had trouble when I left the Spanish league because it is a rivalry that he appreciates.
“It is a good rivalry that exists in football, but this is no exception.
“Michael Jordan had rivals in basketball, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were great rivals in Formula One.
“The only common point between all the big rivalries in the sport is that they are healthy.”
Messi had previously said, “It was nice to play against Cristiano, he made Madrid a stronger side.
I said at the beginning of the season that Madrid would miss him, as any team would.
“It made a lot of Madrid fans a bit angry but that is the reality.
“Any team would miss him. He scores 50 goals a season and he was the key player for them, of course, they were going to miss that.”