Rio Ferdinand explains the difference between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed just what he thinks the difference is between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Speaking to Hypebeast, Ferdinand has praised the two superstars, claiming that Ronaldo is a 'massive player' and Messi is 'so unique'.

Messi and Ronaldo have long been recognised as the world's greatest players and it's safe to say that Ferdinand agrees with that notion. 


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The former England international played alongside Ronaldo at Old Trafford, of course, but believes that his former teammate is playing in a team of 'individuals' at Real Madrid, while Barcelona are set up for Messi. 

Ferdinand stated: "The numbers that those guys are rattling up are insane. Ronaldo is a massive player with virtually no weaknesses in his game and Messi’s style of play is so unique and when he’s on his game, which he usually is, he’s unstoppable.

"The main difference between them is that Barca is set up for Messi, whereas Real are a team of individuals."

Sublime Ronaldo

Ronaldo proved his credentials once again on Tuesday night as he struck a sublime hat-trick to help Real Madrid secure a place in the semi-final of the Champions League. 

The Portuguese superstar was at his brilliant best against German outfit Wolfsburg and admitted that it had been a 'beautiful night'.

As per the BBC, Ronaldo stated: "Considering this has been a 'bad' season for me, it has not been that bad.

"It was not the best, but one of my best, European nights.

"It was a magic night for me. I'm very happy after having scored three goals and raised my numbers, but the most important thing was the team. The team was intense and played very well. It is a beautiful night.

"People can criticise me but I just keep on going and the numbers are there for all to see. I am very happy and with a month left of the season I can get even better.

"It's not bad, is it? Goals are in my DNA and I want to keep scoring them for the team."

Over to Messi 

Messi, then, will be hoping to produce the goods himself as Barcelona take on rivals Atletico Madrid this evening. 

The Catalans hold a 2-1 advantage from the first leg but will be well aware that the tie is far from over. After Ronaldo's heroic performance last night, Messi will no doubt be expecting to take centre stage once again. 

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