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Former EPL Star: Why CR7 & Messi Could Not Get The Better Of Me

A former Premier League star, who has enjoyed an illustrious career playing for the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, has explained how he managed to keep five-time Ballon d'Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi quiet during duels with them.

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Ashley Cole, who is considered by many to be the greatest left-back ever to hail from England, is arguably one of few players in world football who can lay claim to keeping Messi and Ronaldo quiet when coming up against the FC Barcelona and Juventus superstars.

Having faced the duo in both the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League, Cole has explained how his teammates played a large role in helping him deal with Messi and Ronaldo in the past.

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"They were great battles," he told The Telegraph.

"Looking back on those days, it was always Ashley vs Ronaldo, but I was always lucky enough to have other players around me.

"If it was just me against Ronaldo, he'd kill me. If it was me versus Messi, he'd kill me.

"I had other players to help me. If Messi was running at me, I knew I could show him inside because I had John Terry there.

"At the time with Ronaldo, I had Sol Campbell or Kolo Toure there. It wasn't just about me."

Cole spent seven years with the Gunners, with whomhe won two league titles and three FA Cup titles, before joining Chelsea in 2006, where he spent eight years and won another league title, the Champions League and four FA Cup titles.

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Which player would you rather have on your team, Messi or Ronaldo and why? Have your say in the comments section below.



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