Register Login Scores

Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar Watch

Beckham: Ronaldo Not At Messi's Level

Although Cristiano Ronaldo took over David Beckham's iconic shirt number at Manchester United, the Englishman has insisted the Portuguese superstar is not on Lionel Messi's level.

Read: Reports: Juventus Make Big Decision On Ronaldo

Beckham left United in 2003, with a young Ronaldo joining the club in the same window. The latter later followed the Englishman to Real Madrid, where the Portuguese and Messi rivalled each other for domestic and individual titles as well as goalscoring records.

Beckham, though, has now insisted that Ronaldo is not on the same level as the FC Barcelona captain, even though he is the only player who comes close to him.

"Messi is unique as a player and there isn't anybody else like him," Beckham told Argentine broadcaster Telam, as cited by AS.

"Both he and Cristiano, who is not at the same level as Messi, are head and shoulders above the rest." 

Click through the gallery below to see images of Messi and Ronaldo as opponents:

Beckham himself faced Messi with Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League in the 2012/13 campaign.

"We were ahead, and he came on and Barcelona scored. Despite my age, I enjoyed playing and the team played well in both legs," he added.

"We did things that we can be proud of. They didn't beat us." 

Both legs of the quarter-final tie ended in a draw, but Barcelona progressed to the semi-finals on away goals. However, their road ended there when they were thumped 7-0 on aggregate by eventual winners Bayern Munich.

Gallery: New Images Of Real's $600m Stadium Upgrade Revealed

Do agree with Beckham that Ronaldo is not on Messi's level? Have your say in the comments section below.


Top 5

Hunt: I Am Going To Play Winning Football

64 Sep 21, 2020 02:36 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The World's 10 Highest-Paid Football Stars Today

Sep 14, 2020 08:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

12 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

OFFICIAL: Pirates Confirm Signing Of Wits Duo

49 Sep 21, 2020 03:03 PM in Orlando Pirates

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

12 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

Chiefs Fans Outraged Over Bold Amakhosi Jersey Making the Rounds Online

29 Sep 18, 2020 05:02 PM in The Best Of The Rest

Chiefs Identify First Assistant For Hunt…

138 Sep 18, 2020 10:26 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Hunt’s Representatives Spotted At Chiefs!

141 Sep 16, 2020 07:33 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Six Players Who Could Form Part Of Hunt’s Chiefs Plans

36 Sep 17, 2020 04:30 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs To Miss Out On Defender?

20 Sep 21, 2020 10:33 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

11 May 20, 2020 08:32 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

3 PSL Clubs Showing Interest In Mnyamane

Sep 21, 2020 05:33 PM in PSL