Some people think that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best football players in history, making them two of the greatest players of all time.
Older fans may even add Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas to the discussion, along with players like Pele, Diego Maradona, and Johan Cruyff.
Fans will never reach a consensus on this issue, but at least they can unanimously agree that Messi and Ronaldo are among the best.
In an interview, Cristiano Ronaldo was asked by Piers Morgan if Messi was the greatest player he had ever seen. He had the following to say:
“Probably, yes. Him and [Zinedine] Zidane probably, that I have played and fought with.”
“Messi is an amazing player, he is magic. As a person, we share the stage 16 years. Imagine, 16 years we share.”
“So I have a great relationship with him. I’m not a friend of his in terms of, what I mean friend is the guy who was with you in your house, speaking on the phone. No, but it’s like a team-mate.”
“He’s a guy that I really respect the way he always speaks about me.”
Thus, Zinedine Zidane is the player Cristiano Ronaldo thinks is a part of the GOAT debate alongside himself and Lionel Messi.
He is regarded as one of the best midfielders of all time as a player. He had great dribbling and passing skills as well as a flair for the exceptional.
His final performance as a player was leading France to the 2006 World Cup final, but he was dismissed for his infamous headbutt on Italy’s Marco Materazzi.