Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has suggested Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is not intelligent.
The 36-year-old, who currently plays for Qatari side Al-Sadd, was asked to compare Ronaldo and Leo Messi in a recent interview with The New Arab. The midfielder was very clear about it: “Messi is the best player in the world.”
“In football, there are two important elements: fitness and intelligence. Ronaldo is very fit but Messi has both the fitness as well as the intelligence, so simply put he is better,” Xavi said, suggesting the Portuguese lacks intelligence.
Asked about the differences between the two players, Xavi added: “Ronaldo is a goalscorer, and Messi is also a goalscorer; however, Messi is a much better team player than Ronaldo.”
Xavi spoke to the Arab website ahead of the Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Asked about the best players he faced in these derbies, the Spaniard said: “I’ve played against many great players, but those I cannot forget are Ronaldo Nazario, Luis Figo, Raul, Fernando Hierro, Roberto Carlos and Zidane. And in the recent years, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil. But overall, I would said the best were Zidane and Ronaldo the Brazilian.”