One of the top centre backs in European football has explained why he thinks it is more difficult to face FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi than it is to go up against Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.
Brazilian defender Thiago Silva and his Paris Saint-Germain teammates will soon go toe to toe with 12-time UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid in Europe's biggest club competition.
The Round of 16 clash promises to be a mouthwatering affair, with the first leg scheduled to be played at the Santiago Bernabeu on 14 February.
Speaking ahead of the fixture, Silva praised Los Blancos' main man for everything he has achieved in his career, but insisted that stopping Messi is tougher.
"It's harder to defend against Leo Messi than Cristiano Ronaldo," he told Le10Sport.
"Cristiano deserved to win everything he's won in his career. This year is a bit harder for him but it's not over yet. He could still win the next Ballon d'Or.
"The little difference between them is that Messi, with the ball, one on one, or even against two, is difficult to stop."
Last season, Messi and the Blaugrana knocked PSG out at this stage of the competition, in a second-leg comeback that was very much inspired by Silva's current teammate, Neymar.
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