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.”