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Buffon: Why Messi Is More Complete Than Ronaldo

Juventus Star Gianluigi Buffon: Why FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi Is More Complete Than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

By Keegan Kruger - Mar 23, 2018 09:30 AM @KeeganKruger

The debate as to who the better player is between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is an ongoing one, but Juventus stalwart Gianluigi Buffon has explained why he believes the FC Barcelona star is a more complete player than his Real Madrid rival.  

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When it comes to individual accolades and even team achievements, there is not much that can separate the two superstars from, although some disagree.

In the build-up to Italy's friendly against Argentina on Friday, Buffon praised both players' ability, but added that he thinks Messi is slightly better.

"They are two completely different players," Buffon said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.

"Messi is more complete, because he starts deeper, has more technical quality and a vision of the game that is worthy more of a trequartista than a finisher.

"Cristiano Ronaldo, perhaps because he is a little older, has become a killer in the penalty area. Compared to how he was before, Ronaldo preserves his energy more, so he no longer goes out to the flank for a nutmeg or trick shot, but with one ball into the box he can create a goal."

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Messi is currently leading the LaLiga golden boot race with 25 goals, three strikes ahead of arch-rival Ronaldo at this stage.

Do you agree with Buffon's opinion? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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Ceza@doc.com Joined: 16 Dec 2015
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Ceza@doc.com Mar 23, 2018 11:18 PM
Again Messi is also a killer striker like Ronaldo if you make #9 he can fit too and mybe can score more than Ronaldo nor can break his own record of 91 goal or 73 /season.When Messi reach the age of 33 or 34 Bacca can also make him a killer striker if he cant run as he does now and he will/is able to break all these record infront of him trust me.By that time ronaldo will cry wishing to play while he cant anymore as Bacca got the new player on Messi's position. UP THE BUCS
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Ceza@doc.com Mar 23, 2018 11:15 PM
Again Messi is also a killer striker like Ronaldo if you make #9 he can fit too and mybe can score more than Ronaldo nor can break his own record of 91 goal or 73 /season.When Messi reach the age of 33 or 34 Bacca can also make him a killer striker if he cant run as he does now and he will/is able to break all these record infront of him trust me.By that time ronaldo will cry wishing to play while he cant anymore as Bacca got the new player on Messi's position. UP THE BUCS
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Derrick.com Joined: 23 Aug 2016
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Derrick.com Mar 23, 2018 06:05 PM
Ronaldo is coming for you again old man, brace yourself for hell soon.
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Master25 Joined: 26 Nov 2014
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Master25 Mar 23, 2018 05:15 PM
When you look closely at Messi's goal scoring throghout his career, you clearly see that he is also a goal scoring machine as well and that is in addition to being a footballing god. So he's complete. This notion of saying only Ronaldo is a goal scoring machine is wrong,because Messi's goal stats speak for themselves.
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Romeo Maps88 Joined: 15 Sep 2017
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Romeo Maps88 Mar 23, 2018 05:08 PM
U guys are comparing 2 very different players cos the other one is a goal machine while the other is a complete player... He's the best passer, playmaker, dribbler, best in free kicks but ppl can still manage to compare him with the scoring machine only looking at number of goals while soccer legends, pundits and managers compare him with only the 2 greatest players in football.... Seems like others are just forcing an impossible scenario. If you want the best all round and complete player you call the other but if you want goal scorers you call them both, then what does that tell you?
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Master25 Joined: 26 Nov 2014
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Master25 Mar 23, 2018 05:00 PM
To be honest, when Ronalfo doesn't score in a match there's nothing special about him(there's nothing much that he does). All we see is frustration as he throws his hands all over the place and hits the ground with his fist constantly. Yes it's good when he scores. But with Messi, he is in the game whether he scores or not. Infact Messi wins man of the match without scoring a goal, just by using his vision for the game to help others. His ability with the ball is unmatched.
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Nick#10 Joined: 08 Dec 2016
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Nick#10 Mar 23, 2018 04:41 PM
@alizebucs1986 than why does Buffon still prefers Messi over Penaldo?? No one is convinced with Penaldo goals when is ur Cow gonna have a great performance without scoring m still waiting for that to happen
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alizebucs1986 Joined: 30 Jun 2017
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alizebucs1986 Mar 23, 2018 11:52 AM
@Nick#10 i did read nd understand wena cow,Fact is Madala Buffon had a clean sheet in 180 Minutes of Football against the queen but he could not contain the king in 90 Minutes...Madala ask Bayern what happens when u Provoke the king #Team Hat tricks
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Nick#10 Joined: 08 Dec 2016
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Nick#10 Mar 23, 2018 11:30 AM
Tapins,Penalties,same old headers won't save him dis time coz I don't see Madidi winning anything dis season
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Nick#10 Mar 23, 2018 11:28 AM
@alizebucs1986 did u read da reason why he chose Messi over Penaldo?ur king is only Gud in his cage our King Messi is Gud everywhere I know u hurting but it's a fact
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link&iviwe Joined: 20 Mar 2018
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link&iviwe Mar 23, 2018 11:13 AM
He discredit anyone but put his thought who he beleaves is slighty better so stop crusifying innocent fellas you guyz are feeling like losers here now its time for editor to make a stats how many current footballers ,former footballers and sportsmen in general who have credited these two players who got better credits in numbers
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jazzman89 Joined: 28 Feb 2012
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jazzman89 Mar 23, 2018 10:59 AM
With Ronaldo u just enjoy the moment when he scores..wth King Messi u enjoy football the whole 90min.
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Snownaldo Joined: 15 Mar 2018
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Snownaldo Mar 23, 2018 10:51 AM
Nice try madala u've dug yourself another grave Kingnaldo will score 3 against u this time u have no clean sheet against the beast
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alizebucs1986 Joined: 30 Jun 2017
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alizebucs1986 Mar 23, 2018 10:14 AM
The same Messi u talking about Failed to Score a single Goal in 180 Minutes against u Madala nd Cr7 hit u 2 In just 90 Minutes now i see ur asking for 5 Goals in 180 Minutes against the king,don't say i did not warn u
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tshoshandros Joined: 15 Nov 2014
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tshoshandros Mar 23, 2018 09:57 AM
Here goes G Buffon again,digging his own grave by provoking the King. Come April When team #Cr7 n crew berrying team #buffon

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