Whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is the uncontested GOAT of football has become one of the most hotly contested topics among football fans in recent years.
Both players have had brilliant careers and have broken numerous records. While competing in La Liga, Ronaldo for Real Madrid and Messi for Barcelona, they frequently faced off against one another.
Gary Lineker said:
“I can tell you from my own experience that if you harbor the opinion that Lionel Messi is the better footballer, then he (Cristiano) doesn’t want to speak to you.”
Rio Ferdinand then joked:
“He doesn’t like you Gary.”
Lineker then continued:
“That’s okay. I understand that even though I have adored watching his career. He’s an incredible footballer but a bit touchy on that particular subject.”
According to The Express, Lineker said back in 2020:
“People get very tribal in all sorts of ways in life, and Messi versus Ronaldo is one of them.”
“I am a huge fan of Cristiano Ronaldo too, but if you’re talking about the best player ever, there shouldn’t even be a debate that it is Messi. That’s just my opinion, but it’s not even close for me.”