The “greatest of all time” debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo rages on, but they have nothing on the “original” Ronaldo.
An all-time great who has won two World Cups, two Copa Americas, two LaLiga titles and scored 295 goals in 452 games, “R9” is ahead of Messi and his namesake.
“I can’t believe it is never, ever mentioned when you talk about the greatest players who have played football,” former Manchester City and Leeds player Danny Mills told talkSPORT.
Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have had a heated debate over whether Man United’s Messi or Ronaldo are the best of all time as they prepare to replay the Champions League, but Mills thinks it’s too easy to forget how good the retired forward is.
“His career was cut short by injury, but when you look at his scoring record, and I know [talkSPORT co-presenter Ally McCoist] talked about Diego Maradona earlier, but Ronaldo used to start left, right and center, everywhere.
“He scored goals for Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, [won] two golden boots, two world cups.
“He was a sensational player, absolutely magnificent!
While he believes the Ronaldo should be in the conversation for the greatest player of all time, Mills also weighed in on the Messi vs Ronaldo debate.
“The numbers between the two are exceptional,” he added.
“I’ve seen other players score the kinds of goals Ronaldo has scored. Whether it’s Harry Kane, [Kylian] Mbappé or [Robert] Lewandowski.
“There are so many goals that I have never, never seen other players be able to score what Messi has done.
“That’s the difference.
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“In terms of exit ability, I think Messi is the ultimate footballer. Ronaldo’s numbers are arguably slightly better, especially in big games.
“But for his ability to do everything and to do things that no one else can do, Messi is still the greatest [of the two] for me.”
As the time of their careers draws to a close, when there will never be an agreement on who’s better, it’s time to just take advantage of these two mercurial talents while they still play.
Ronaldo has already started this season on fire, scoring twice in his second debut for Manchester United, as the world waits for Messi to have a real chance to join Mbappe and Neymar for PSG this season, having only made one only replacement appearance so far. .
The Portugal captain is also hoping for a perfect start to the Red Devils’ Champions League opener as they take on Young Boys, a game you can stream live on talkSPORT 2.