Arthur is the latest player to explain the difference between his former teammate Lionel Messi and is current teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. The Juventus midfielder has surprisingly changed his mind on who he prefers. Lots of former and current players have their own view on whether Messi or Ronaldo is the best. However, that is a question that will never have a definitive answer.
There’s only an elite group of players who have played with both of the superstars. Back in June, Arthur joined the group, as he swapped Barcelona for Turin. Now the Brazilian has explained one difference he’s noticed between the pair in the dressing room, and how they differ as leaders.
“Cristiano Ronaldo expresses himself more than Messi and he gets on with everyone in the dressing room,” the 24-year-old told Desimpedidos.
“He’s very active in the dressing room. He talks to everyone and has a good relationship with everyone.
“Each person has their own way of demonstrating leadership. Messi does it with actions, as much as it seems he doesn’t.
“He demonstrates it when he receives the ball, with his will to win the game and all his teammates notice this.”
When asked about who he would prefer between Cristiano or Messi, he said: “I’d go with Cristiano, we’re playing together!”
“I’m not that close to Cristiano that I go round his house for coffee, but we have a good relationship.
“Cristiano never backs down if there’s a teammate in need of something and he always gets to it with a fierce determination.
“He trains like an animal, he doesn’t know when to rest and he encourages you to give your all.
“He always tells me what to eat, not leaving anything to chance.”
Thus, we can say that the difference between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is Ronaldo’s leadership abilities. With that being said, Arthur is added to the list of players who prefer Cristiano Ronaldo over Messi.