AC Milan and Italy legend Paolo Maldini has shared his opinion on who he thinks is the better footballer between Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
The LaLiga and Ballon d'Or rivals have been at the top of the game for more than 10 years, and are both considered among the greatest footballers in the history of the sport.
While some cannot choose between the players, many have a preference towards one or the other, and the legendary Maldini, who is widely thought of as one of the game's best defenders ever, is no different.
Although the 50-year-old had some kind words for Ronaldo recently, he also explained that he will always see Messi as the superior player.
"Cristiano has changed a lot in recent years, now he has become an unstoppable striker in the area," Maldini told Mediaset Italia.
"Despite his age, you still see him as young, in top form and decisive.
"But between Messi and Cristiano, I always choose Leo. The Argentine haggles, he creates, he has a style that I like a lot.
"If I had to choose, I would never have any doubt. He's (Messi) a player who achieves things that are hard to imagine."
Ronaldo and Messi are both representing their respective countries at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, in which the Portuguese has scored four goals so far, while the Argentine has hit the back of the net just once.
While A Selecao will play Uruguay in the round of 16, Argentina will take on France, and if they both win, Portugal and Argentina will meet in the quarter-finals.
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