'Ronaldo Will End Career With More Goals Than Messi'
'Cristiano Ronaldo Will End Career With More Goals Than Lionel Messi'
A former Manchester United star has insisted Cristiano Ronaldo will end his career with more goals than Lionel Messi.
The Portuguese, who is three years older than his longstanding rival, has scored 589 goals in 847 appearances for club and country so far.
Messi, meanwhile, has netted 556 times in 693 games for FC Barcelona and Argentina.
With Ronaldo averaging 0.7 goals per game and Messi averaging 0.8 goals, many believe the Blaugrana talisman will eventually overtake Ronaldo's return and retire with more strikes than the Real Madrid superstar.
However, Phil Neville, a former teammate of Ronaldo's, believe the Portuguese will retire having outscored the Barcelona hero.
"I think he'll play for longer than Lionel Messi, I think he'll score more goals in the end and will go on to do incredible things," Neville said on Sky Sports’ Revista de La Liga show.
"I was thinking the other day, what's the long game for him? And I wonder if he's going to go on and play into his 40s.
"He'll be thinking Pele. Those numbers. Those scandalous numbers you think you can never achieve, the appearances, the goals, and that to me is where it's going.
"I think he'll go on for a long, long time. And in this game, he's becoming a goalscorer, he's getting in the box more, he's coming across the near post, his heading is incredible anyway.
"He knows he can't go up and down all the time now. He knows he can't go past players all the time. He'll become a goalscorer, a poacher and a good one."
Ronaldo has scored 31 goals so far this season while Messi has netted 45 times, but the Portuguese scored five goals in Real's UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich while the Argentine failed to find the back of the net against Juventus.
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