Things turned sour at Sky Sports Studios when Gary Neville called Cristiano Ronaldo the greatest footballer to ever live.
Ronaldo made a brilliant second debut for Manchester United as his two goals helped them to a 4-1 win over Newcastle.
The Portuguese’s exploits at Old Trafford have sparked yet another discussion about who is the greatest of all time – Ronaldo or his rival, Lionel Messi.
Of Ronaldo, Neville said in Monday Night Football: “I just feel with the international goalscoring records, the Champions Leagues and the variety of goals he’s scored, I have to think he’s the most. great football player of all time. “
Jamie Carragher had none of that, responding: “No one is a big fan of Ronaldo or Messi. Ronaldo is not the greatest player of all time.
“No matter how a ball goes into the net… Messi has a better goal record than Ronaldo. He’s also a playmaker, Messi can make a game, Ronaldo can’t.
Carragher referred to the start of Neville’s argument that Ronaldo is the player he would most like to replace on the pitch as a manager, claiming that Messi has scored more goals coming off the bench.
The ex-Liverpool man added: “Maybe Ronaldo can do things Messi can’t do, but Messi takes you to a place where you can’t really believe what you see.
“Ronaldo is doing things that other players can do… Messi is doing things that we have never seen before.”
Taking to Twitter to respond to the reaction to his opinion, Neville wrote: “You can choose Messi, you can also choose Ronaldo. Neither of the two opinions can be considered wrong due to the fact that they attain greatness and the statistic comparisons are so similar.
“The style of football you love can make a difference. However, I have some weird Messi fans on my timeline!
It’s fair to say the debate ended when Neville and Carragher agreed to disagree, with the ex-Man United man saying arguing with his counterpart was “like arguing with a five-year-old” .
But there is no doubt that there is a feel-good factor at Man United with Ronaldo’s return.
Fans will dream that he will be the one to guide them to a first Premier League title in eight years, but Neville is not convinced that will happen this quarter, even though he considers him the greatest player of all. time.
Neville added, “He makes the team better… he makes them more likely to win the title than they were three weeks ago.
“Something in me tells me that I don’t think he will make them the team that will take them to the title this season.”
Download talkSPORT Edge NOW!
It’s the free soccer app that lets you stay ahead of your friends with short, to the point, and shareable content.
Whether it’s goals as you go or the latest news from your club, stay on top of everything that is happening in football with the latest news, live scores and in-app betting.
Download talkSPORT Edge from the App Store here.