Jamie Carragher picks between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

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Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

It’s the question we find ourselves asking all the time. Instead of appreciating the two players for the incredible footballers that they are, we are constantly comparing them instead.

The only way to determine who is actually better is the annual Ballon d'Or award with the pair winning it for the previous eight campaigns.

However, individual awards in football is certainly a debatable concept. Arsene Wenger recently questioned the idea of the Ballon d’Or in a team sport like football.

Try telling that to Ronaldo, though, when he picks up his fourth award in January - something the bookmakers suggest is going to happen.

However, Jamie Carragher agrees with Wenger and has hit out at Ronaldo for his obsessive attitude regarding individual success.

"The shortlist for the Ballon d’Or was published this week and Ronaldo heads the betting to win it for a fifth time, having been a part of Real Madrid’s Champions League-winning squad and then following up by captaining Portugal to success at Euro 2016," he wrote in his Daily Mail column.

"Something Arsene Wenger said, however, sticks with me. Wenger said he doesn’t like these awards because some players become more interested in looking after themselves rather than concentrating on the team.

"Those comments wouldn’t apply to Messi. I’m sure he loves winning individual prizes and is very proud of his five Ballon d’Or titles but you can see he is a team player from the way he celebrates with Luis Suarez, Neymar or whoever at Barcelona.

"But Ronaldo? You get the feeling he would take more satisfaction winning the Ballon d’Or than he would get winning the Champions League. Take last week against Athletic Bilbao. I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw him appeal that the winner scored by Alvaro Morata — his team-mate — was offside. Some of his team-mates have tried to argue Ronaldo has been misinterpreted but look at the pictures.

"There is the difference between Messi and Ronaldo."

But what we all want to know, who does Carragher prefer, Messi or Ronaldo?

Well, as you can probably guess, it’s the Barcelona man.

"I make no secret whose camp I am in. It is Messi every single time."

Messi may have got Carragher's vote but it's looking unlikely that he will get the vote of the people that matter when the award ceremony comes around in January. But, as Carragher says, that isn't likely to matter too much to the Argentine, so long as he helps his teammates win some trophies this season.

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