Messi and Ronaldo are 'exact opposites'

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are 'exact opposites', according to former Manchester United No.2 Carlos Quieroz, who believes the pair of superstars are the 'kings' of football.

The Messi v Ronaldo debate is seemingly one that will never cease, as both players continue to defy expectation with there respective goalscoring abilities.

Barcelona fans will always hail their diminutive forward as the finest player in the world, while Ronaldo can count of the support of the Madridistas when compared to his Argentine counterpart.

Quieroz, though, believes both players should be held in the same regard, and says football is extremely fortunate to have two such talent professionals going head-to-head in the same era.

"Messi and Ronaldo are the kings of football," the former Real Madrid manager told

"They're exact opposites, but our sport needs them both. As a coach, you don't want to come up against them, but that doesn't stop you feeling treated every time you see them."

Quieroz, meanwhile, not only says that Messi and Ronaldo are the two best players in the world, but also believes Barcelona and Real Madrid are the two strongest teams on the planet.

"They're two radically different entities," he added. "Barcelona have great players like Messi, Xavi [Hernandez] and [Andres] Iniesta, who've allowed them to collect a lot of titles in the last few years – and in style too.

"Once Real rediscovered their identity, though, they were able to dominate Barcelona, thanks also to excellent players. I think they're the best two teams around at the moment."

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