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'Ronaldo Has Gifts From Mother Nature, But Messi The Best Ever'

'Cristiano Ronaldo Has Gifts From Mother Nature, But Lionel Messi The Best Ever'

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jul 20, 2018 08:31 AM @KurtLaduma

A former Real Madrid star has praised Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Italian giants Juventus, but explained why he still feels FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer of all time.

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Former Los Blancos striker Antonio Cassano has hailed Ronaldo's transfer to the Bianconeri, claiming the Italian giants have got the Portuguese for a bargain.

"He has these gifts from Mother Nature, but above all his mentality, the consistency of his training, his professionalism – all the things I hated," he told Vanity Fair.

"I admire him a great deal for his ability to always be focused. He'll remain in history forever as one of the greats and he deserved this success, because he earned it through talent, but above all through hard work.

"Cristiano will have a wonderful new experience, Juve will pay him a rich salary, but are still happy because €100 million for a player like that is a bargain.

"He is 33 years old according to his birth certificate, but he looks after his physique so carefully it's almost maniacal. With the level of this Serie A, he can score 30-40 goals per season for a long while yet."

However, despite his high praise for the Portugal captain, Cassano still believes Messi is the best player in history.

"I love Messi not as a counter-point to Cristiano, but because in my view he's the best of all time and the emotions he gives me are unique," he added.

"If I have to rationalise it or convince you, I ask you to find me someone else who handles the ball and scores so consistently as Messi.

"Cristiano lacks nothing, let's be clear, but that's not the point. I love tennis. Now, Cristiano is like Nadal, a fantastic athlete built on talent, but also hard work and desire.

"Messi is more like Federer. He is pure artistry and class. They are different, and you can prefer one to the other.

"I am with Messi, as he can make the difference even when standing still, he almost doesn't need physical fitness."

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Cassano spent two years on the books of Real, between 2006 and 2008, leaving a season before Ronaldo's arrival in 2009.

Do you agree with Cassano's opinion? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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sunshine947 Joined: 15 Jun 2010
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sunshine947 Jul 24, 2018 11:11 AM
"He is 33 years old according to his birth certificate,.." HAHAHA.. are you implying that he might be lying about his age?
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Harmansthabiso Joined: 20 Jul 2018
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Harmansthabiso Jul 21, 2018 01:30 AM
Ronaldo Is Great,but Messi Is More Than That!
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Harmansthabiso Jul 21, 2018 01:27 AM
@ Joemak O a feditse.O buile nnete e senang bana ba phefo.Ga ke itsi gore re e leba jang kgwele ya dinao.
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Harmansthabiso Jul 21, 2018 01:13 AM
100%,I AGREE WITH CASSANO.MESSI IS A REAL MESIEA OF FOOTBALL.HE IS MORE THAN GREAT.
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Flipping lyf Joined: 21 Apr 2017
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Flipping lyf Jul 20, 2018 03:06 PM
Messi wont make team play why he's alwys fail when it comes to national level and the last he tast big glory at barca xavi and iniesta where dominating world football thats fact
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Flipping lyf Joined: 21 Apr 2017
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Flipping lyf Jul 20, 2018 02:56 PM
Well said cassano everyone is intitle to own opinion i totally agree with u as for myself crr7 will remain the greatest of all time i mean (G.O.A.T)
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Flipping lyf Jul 20, 2018 02:55 PM
Well said cassano everyone is intitle to own opinion i totally agree with u as for myself crr7 will remain the greatest of all time i mean (G.O.A.T)
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ta more@mbekweni Jul 20, 2018 02:21 PM
@alizebucs1986 is anything wrong with cassano points of view on these two players Messi don't need to train Ronaldo do a lot of training to do what he does best
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The_Diski_God Jul 20, 2018 12:41 PM
I like this explanation,most plausible i ever stumbled across....the point is they're both great players in their own right,with different distinct qualities...Messi is a natural,Cris is peragon of a strong work ethic.
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dennis-mhb-khosi Jul 20, 2018 12:23 PM
Well said sir Messi is the best
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Chelsea_Bucs_general Jul 20, 2018 11:45 AM
@alizebucs1986 that's what a CR7 player will say.... as expected coz that's the only defence you have, goals but no teams player and you don't care... how and when the goal was scored... you don't even care about the value of it coz it adds up to your stats
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alizebucs1986 Jul 20, 2018 11:44 AM
Someone only Performs Well for one Team,at his National Team Dololo...Di Maria,Aguero ,Higuain,Dybala ect gets blamed when Someone Brings his useless Perfomance to the National Team yet..Iniesta,Busquets,Xavi Hernandez were not being Praised for Making him Look Good sies
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alizebucs1986 Joined: 30 Jun 2017
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alizebucs1986 Jul 20, 2018 11:41 AM
Stats Dont lie
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Chelsea_Bucs_general Jul 20, 2018 11:27 AM
Let us not let the media tell us who is the best player.... we all watch the game.... and some of us played... even if it's unprofessional, so we have our own preference and obviously the best player will come from the team you support.... as for CR7, Neymar, Pogba... not impressed they are glory hunters not team players.... although Pogba did try i this world cup
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Chelsea_Bucs_general Jul 20, 2018 11:24 AM
@joemak well said only fools will disagree.... because soccer is a team sport that's why Muller doesn't have individual awards
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Chelsea_Bucs_general Jul 20, 2018 11:22 AM
Let's stop using stats to decide who is the best player, because sometimes stats are not a true reflection of the player you overhype.... if you were to watch the game you would agree that CR7 is not gifted he is just a goal poacher... which he is good at.... in that regard even a goal keeper who keeps clean sheets can be the best player in his department... Messi is obviously the most gifted, intelligent player to ever play the game.... remember soccer is a team sport... strikers wins you matches but defenders wins you throphies
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joemak Jul 20, 2018 11:17 AM
The problem is we have Internet nerds who just read stats and say they know football...in fact, Ronaldo is not even a better player than zida Zidane yet Messi is Pele, Maradona, and Zidane rolled into one...there is no stat to describe how Messi or Zidane saunter across the pitch like a ballerina and deliver that indescribable pass to the striker like Ronaldo or Muller to tap in a goal. Football is a game, an art, not statistics...
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joemak Jul 20, 2018 11:09 AM
If you're gonna say someone is a best player based on goals and trophies, then Thomas Muller is the best player ever known to the history of Bayern Munich, German and World football, and he also has league titles, a World cup, Uefa, and European cup to prove it...bcos that's the same idiotic logic some are trying to use here.
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joemak Jul 20, 2018 10:58 AM
You would have to be a f.k.g. re.t.@.rd not to agree with Cassano. And he's not talking about top goalscorer or how many titles etc(of which Messi still has more comparatively, taking into account age and number of games played and still to be played etc, this is only a debate to m0r0ns). Bcos how can you even compare between two people who score almost the same number of goals every season alright, yet the other one makes twenty times if not more the number of effective passes, dribbles, assists, and runs through the length and breadth of the pitch than the other? Only an utter dunderhead can put those apples and oranges in the same bracket...
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alizebucs1986 Jul 20, 2018 10:55 AM
Loved By Few,Hated By Many,Respected By All...one and only King Cr7

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