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Gerard Pique compares Cristiano Ronaldo to Lionel Messi

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With Real Madrid fans still celebrating a famous El Clasico win at Camp Nou, it is certainly not the best time for Gerard Pique to be discussing the differences between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

But BT Sport have had an interview with him in the can for a while and nothing is going to stop them from broadcasting it during their Champions League coverage on Tuesday evening.

Snippets of the interview, conducted by Pique's former Manchester United team-mate turned BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand, have already leaked online. Well it is not really a leak; Ferdinand himself tweeted out a short teaser to his many followers.

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Luckily, that teaser was probably the part that everyone wants to hear. Pique, a long-time troller of both Ronaldo and Real Madrid, was asked to describe what he believed the difference was between Messi and the Portuguese.

Of course, Pique is one of the few players in the world to have enjoyed playing with the two forwards so is, in theory, best placed to know exactly what separates the two. However, the defender's affinity towards both Messi and Barcelona was clear for all to see in his response.

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The interview

He said: "I think that they are both amazing. We are not only talking about two of the best players in the world but in the history of the sport.

"I have always said that Messi has some talent that no one has. He has the ball with speed and control. The ball does not go two meters from his foot. It is impossible to catch him. This talent, I do not see in anyone.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is such a different player. They are really different. He is really tall, strong and really complete. He can do everything: goals with the head, free-kicks, penalties, one-on-ones.

"But I have always said, Messi is not human and Cristiano is the best of the humans."

Chief antagonist

As a born and bred son of Catalonia, Pique appears to have made it his mission to annoy the rest of the country. Indeed, he was recently booed by the crowds during a Spain match simply because the crowd was predominantly from outside the region.

But Pique has regularly used the hate as inspiration, only coming back harder on social media. And things are no different after El Clasico, where Pique claimed Atletico are now Spain's second club, after Barcelona, of course.

Speaking ahead of the Champions League quarter-final against Diego Simeone's men, he said: “For Barcelona it used to save our seasons beating Madrid. Now the roles have switched.

“Atletico are having a great season, they're the second team in Spain and it will be more difficult than Saturday.”

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Barcelona
La Liga
Real Madrid
Gerard Pique
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Rio Ferdinand
Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi

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