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'The Messi & Ronaldo Debate Is Not Even Close'

The ongoing debate over who is the better footballer between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is not even close, according to a former Barcelona star.

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Messi and Ronaldo have been battling it out for the past decade, with the former securing six Ballon d'Or title compared to the latter's five.

There have been a number of big-name players who have shared the opinion on the debate but former Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona striker Gary Lineker feels Messi is the clear winner.

"People get very tribal in all sorts of ways in life, and Messi versus Ronaldo is one of them," the ex-Barcelona striker told BBC Sport.

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"Often the choice seems to come down to whether you support Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus or whoever, which is fine - I understand that.

"I am a huge fan of Ronaldo too, but if you're talking about the best player ever, there shouldn't even be a debate that it is Messi. That's just my opinion, but it's not even close for me."

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Ronaldo, however, edges Messi when it comes to goals for the season after scoring 25 goals in 32 matches, one more than the Argentine.

Who do you think is the better footballer? Have your say in the comment section below.

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