I didn’t say Cristiano Ronaldo was not intelligent – Xavi

I didn’t say Cristiano Ronaldo was not intelligent – Xavi

Xavi Hernandez
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Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has denied he said Leo Messi is a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo because of the latter’s lack of intelligence.

The World Cup winner gave in interview with The Arab in which he allegedly suggested Ronaldo lacked intelligence at times and therefore his former team mate Messi is the best player in the world.

However, the midfielder spoke to Movistar+ to clarify his thoughts on who is the best n the world, adding that any quotes from him about intelligence were an incorrect translation.

“The translation of what I said was erroneous. I said that there are two types of speed in football. There is the physical side, and in this aspect Messi and Cristiano are at the same level. And then there is the speed at which you are able to connect with your team-mates, and in this aspect Messi is of the highest level, whereas Cristiano is not,” he commented.

And he added: “Cristiano does not seem like a player who excels at linking up with his team-mates. He is not a passer of the ball and that is why Messi is the best in the world for me. He has both kinds of speed, both the physical one and the one that allows him to link up with his team-mates.

“I never talked about intelligence and I never said Cristiano lacks intelligence.”


  1. Let everyone expressed his view, you’ll even meet someone who can tell Pique was his best player ever, so everyone has his way of understanding things. But for my own Ronaldo is the best in the world ever and if he make record no evil can ever come and break it, he always break his records and set new.

  2. We are all so lucky to have lived in the times of both these two talented God given players. Messi is the at what he does same goes to CR7, i’m a big fan of Ronaldo, and I know he is going best, but I am also a fan of football so I won’t write Messi out coz he’s a very good player. So if Xavi likes Messi …so be it but don’t be stupid and say that Ronaldo is not intelligent coz that is total nonsence! It shows that he is the one with no intelligent bone in his short racist body. Messi respect Ronaldo and Ronaldo respect Messi, that is what I call intelligence… mutual respect which is something they didn’t teach you at Barcelona, that’s why you treated Samuel E’to, yaya, and Alex song like shit, coz u lack intelligence. I wonder if you have kids coz if you do… I really hope they don’t follow your racist foot steps.