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Bolt joins great Ronaldo-Messi debate

Is Ronaldo or Messi the best player in the world? (©GettyImages)
Is Ronaldo or Messi the best player in the world? (©GettyImages).

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has joined the debate over who is the best footballer in the world – Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

The six-time Olympic Gold medalist and holder of three World Records, including the 4x100 men’s relay, is a well-known Manchester United fan and has even requested a trial with the Red Devils during his recent stay in England for the Games.

He will have some way to go to be regarded as one of the world’s best in football however, and is happy to admit that the battle for the FIFA Ballon d’Or is between Real Madrid’s Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Messi.

For Bolt, there is only one winner in this particular race, with the former United star getting the nod from ‘St. Leo’.

"No doubt Cristiano is better than Messi. He is a more complete player," Bolt told Portuguese television channel RTP.

"I would give [the Ballon d'Or] to Cristiano. He has managed to stay on top and that's the most difficult thing."

Bolt has spent time at the Manchester United training ground in the past, and believes he has some valuable insights to help both Ashley Young and Nani enjoy successful seasons for the club.

And, after claiming that he helped Ronaldo take his goals-tally to over 40 a season, perhaps the duo should be listening to the speedster.

"You see guys like Nani and Ashley Young who are so fast and skilful, but they get pushed off the ball like Ronaldo used to," he continued.

"Since I taught Ronaldo in 2009 he has gone on to score 40 goals a season, I don't think he would have scored them all without my training. United have so many players with pace that if they all perfect their sprinting technique it will be impossible to play against them."

So who is the best player in the world, Ronaldo or Messi? Watch the video below and make your decision here...

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