It’s been football’s biggest debate for the past decade: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?
The two superstars have dominated the sport for more than 10 years, highlighted by the fact that they’ve shared the Ballon d’Or award every year since 2008.
In truth, the debate is rather boring.
They’re probably the two best players to have ever played the sport and we should appreciate them whilst they’re still around, rather than comparing and arguing over who is best.
However, it’s sometimes interesting to get the opinion of pundits on what they think of the two world-class talents.
And the latest to offer his insight is Robbie Savage.
After Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final - his second consecutive Champions League hat-trick after his three goals against Bayern Munich in the quarter-final - many believed that he had now eclipsed Messi as the best footballer on the planet.
Savage on Ronaldo v Messi
And that’s a view shared by controversial pundit Savage.
"They're both on a different planet to any other player out there,” he told the Mirror.
"I think Ronaldo has slightly more influence on his country than Messi.
"The [other] argument is, has Messi done it anywhere other than La Liga? Ronaldo's obviously done it in the Premier League.
"So, I'm going to go with Cristiano Ronaldo."
While Ronaldo is on the brink of leading Madrid to a league and Champions League double, Messi isn’t having a bad season himself.
He’s scored 49 goals in 48 matches in all competitions for Barca - including 33 in 31 La Liga matches which will see him win both La Pichichi and the European Golden Shoe.
But it’s Ronaldo that is currently leading the betting for the 2017 Ballon d’Or as he attempts to draw level with Messi on five awards.
While we appreciate Savage’s opinion - well, some of us do - let’s just enjoy the final few years of Messi and Ronaldo at the very top of their game.
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