Guti says Lionel Messi is more talented, but Cristiano Ronaldo has more ambition

Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. The debate will never end.

At this point, most football fans have decided which player they prefer. They have both been around for a considerable length of time and it will be hard to shift opinions now.

The general consensus is that those who appreciate a natural magician prefer Messi, while those who admire a hard worker choose Ronaldo.

Both players have entered their thirties yet they are still playing at an incredible level. Messi has scored 32 goals for Barcelona in La Liga and is leading the race to win the European Golden Shoe, while Ronaldo has scored 19 goals in 26 Serie A appearances for Juventus.

It’s easy to wonder whether football will ever witness a rivalry between two players of such talents ever again; indeed, we’re yet to see a single player come close to their level.

The debate as to which player is better has raged on for years and the fact that both have five Ballon d’Or awards to their name doesn’t help to decide it.

Maybe a showdown between Messi and Ronaldo in the Champions League final this year could help to settle the argument.

Guti: Messi has more talent, Ronaldo has more ambition

Many players past and present have a preference but in the case of former Real Madrid midfielder Guti, he is split.

The Spaniard, who is now serving as the assistant coach at Besiktas, believes Messi has more talent but Ronaldo has more ambition.

“Both,” Guti said when asked by Marca to choose between the pair.

“It is true that I recently tweeted that I chose Messi, but I value highly what Cristiano has done. He is a great player.

“Messi has more talent, Cristiano is more of a goalscorer, more ambition, he is a self-made player.

“It is incredible that in the era of Messi, he has been able to win five Ballon d’Or.

“He has been massively important, as he showed at Real Madrid.”

Real Madrid’s struggles in the wake of Ronaldo’s move to Juventus prove just how important he was for them.

And it’s clear to Guti that the Portugal international is missed at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“He has been an important factor, above all for his goalscoring productivity,” the former midfielder added. “Especially in big games.

“Real Madrid have missed Ronaldo.”

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