Xavi says Cristiano Ronaldo is not intelligent

Xavi says Cristiano Ronaldo is not intelligent

Xavi Hernandez
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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.”


  1. Xavi is an old fool coz d fact daf Ronaldo is part of his team mates does nof mean he shuld alwayz castigate his personality…..dafs sumhow ridiculous. Cnf he leave him alone & respect himself in all wayz or is d hatred daf much wen d person in question cares nof abf all d trash he’s bin saying concerning him…..meaning he shuldnf puf a stop 2 it. How can u tell a fellow man lyk u daf he his nof intelligent. Too bad of him aswell coz its obvious he is also an old fool.

  2. Comment:xavi is pretty stupid and foolish, so his shortness has entered his fucking head, he is intelligent he has not won world best for just once, he is a vigilantes shearin (oracle) old full like him.

  3. It would have been better to say both are goal scorers and intelligent as well but Messi is the better team player.Well,we shouldn’t expect anything less than a bias opinon from a Barcelona icon.

  4. I really don’t believe this statement of xavi deserve the publicity. It not a suprise, Barcelona wins trophies yet still they fear The Mighty R.Madrid to the core. Hala Madrid

  5. oohhhh xavi y??? for many years u r just there to help messi with assist for him to score goals, in few years no one wil rmber you, But Ronaldo d highest goal scorer in realmadrid history…3 times world best player….leading goal scorer in europe will always nd forever b remember. i dnt rili like u xavi …òoops sorry

  6. Comment:xavi if the tell me say na you talk this kin thing i no go belive, well shall you was a barcelona player world best you didn’t carry even once and you are here castigeting the best and most complete player in the world {CR7} the spanish top scorer every season, uefa current top scorer, abeg i get one question were messi dae when this the happen, cr7 wai don get 3 different coaches from different teams still yet the play normal. Messi still dae for one team una the hell the guy like say God no dae make em go EPL play make i see… Rubish xavi you must carry time oo no be say you play barcelona… Cr7 you are the best in the world…

    • Stanley or what do you call yourself? have you forgotten that xavis comment was translated? Media could decide to put their english that way… but truly Messi is better than ronaldo bcos ronaldo is selfish on the ball with less assist.

  7. Comment:xavi you must be joking because i have not seen were messi is greater than ronaldo, if they start to compare cr7 will beat messi hands down he didn’t even has a nick name
    ronaldo{cr7} is the most complete player in the world cr7 has played three different teams and have three different coaches ronaldo is the spanish all time scorer and even the current uefa top scorer. The player who have put records that messi can clamb even you xavi, ronaldo has won so many things in Epl and same thing in la liga world best in Epl world best in la liga have messi ever carried up a premier league, fa cup, carring cup, best player in Epl, world best in Epl……. etc so xavi take ur time

  8. Comment:i respected this man a lot xavi and iniesta because they are the players who always disturb in the midfield but today xavi is talking like this.its one word ENVY

  9. Comment:there is nothing hatred cannot do so i would never be surprise of such unintelligent comment from xavi he should try and cogitate whenever he wants to talk hala cr7 continue your wonderful job

  10. Comment: xavi you suck like shit!!!! both players were at 2different finals for der country..messi missed a penalty and lost , but ronaldo won d game for portugal from d touch lines.. Like it or hate it” :: ronaldo is d better player and will even make a beta couch than messi.

  11. y re u all rumbling… evryone has right to his or herr own opinion. das his opinion.ronaldo is world best.highest gscorer. messi also is world best and goal scorer. i wold support xavi by saying messi is a team playr dan rnaldo. nt d selfish ronaldo who nts to av all praises nd glory for himself nd nt d team sake.

  12. Xavi, u as a big professional matured player u should not be saying such things against Ronaldo coz it doesn’t make any sense to me. When Ronaldo goes to d media now and say such ash words against you and u will have to say it is disrespectful when u are d one who first started it. Look here Xavi, i respect u a lot when it comes to football u should be d matured player to set brighter examples between these two boys(Ronaldo & Messi) but not to bring conflict between them.

  13. Comment:u all are just fools anti barca stop saying those nonsense DAT comes out from ur fucking mouth animals xavi is very very right messi is de best player of football all time.

  14. it not something to ague about, but Leo messi and ronaldo are genious, but messi is the better player in terms of team work rate,you can’t tell me that ronaldo would allow Suarez to score goals more than him, if they are in the same team,messi is just a simple Guy ,he just sees others as he sees himself, but that is not of ronaldo,in a match Madrid can score 5 goals, but if ronaldo is not among the scorers problem, but look at messi,if bargain are just winning, let it be that is even pique that is scoring all the goals, he will be happy.that is what we called united. so let us forget the arguments and start seeing and saying football reality

  15. Comment:the Fact Is Dat A Matured And responsable Player Like Xavi Wouldn’t Say Such Words U’re Al Players U Should Be Proud Of Your Own, Not About Spoiling Ur Fellow Player So Let Us Be Very Careful Abt What We Altar From Our Mouth.

  16. Comment:iit is an understatement words from xavi.He said dis to show his hatred to Ronaldo becos d later deprived d former from gettin “ballon D or” .To say d truth,Ronaldo is an embodment of intelligence,skills nd strength dan messi,messi is only better in term of goal sense nd dribblin.Xavi stop d gospel of bias nd hatred for ronaldo,both boys ar d best players dat world has eva seen in d recent age

  17. The whole world know Messi is better. Only Real Madrid fans, a few number but stupid that say otherwise. Xavi is intelligent player, that is why he knows better than all the Madrid fans here

  18. Comment:i i hv never seen a big fool like xavi,for many year u are the samething abt ronaldo,,,when ur mate as misldfielders ar wining world best player,,kaka was a midfied he won,zidan won it tree time and he is a midfielder,,,i think u dont hv work to do,,,,ronaldo is complete player nohing he lacks,,,,,xavi becareful,,,,,

  19. Comment:well xavi just said is mind of thought,but too me i dont think a human being with a right sense of reasoning should said that,i just think xavi is just being jealous of cr7 achivement ,bt he shouldnt be course cr7 is not on his level,to my own understanding i wil regard jay.jay okocha as a beta player than xavi.

  20. he should have went to Italy and French too nah… messi is a playmaker , assister and an architect on d field so what are you saying? and moreover xavi is an icon and deserves respect…!! maessi all the way

  21. Comment:i will never be surprise of this kind of comments from xavi there is nothing CRITICS cant do xavi is an anti-CR7 is being envy of his back-to-back UCL trophy

  22. Ronaldo Is The Best Player Cause He Has Played In Two Different leagues Still With Great Performance And Yet Barcelona Fans And Players Hate Him.The Fact Is That “people Hate What They Can’t Conquer”

  23. CR7 has experimented himself with MU, Porto and Real M and have been fantastic and thats intelligence
    Messi is yet to. Until he goes to order clubs to play and perform .
    Xavi is just jealous

  24. Messi n Ronaldo (CR7) r good in fact, these r d best player in the world with many lay down record n achievement. As for me, let us put sentiment away in all what we say perhaps, when we are aguining BTW (CR7) n messi. Let’s all respect ronaldo(CR7) for 1c,a player that left england different club n different league and go to where messi is a king (spain) and he won 3 world best, pls respect ronaldo(CR7), Ororo. I called him ororo bcos b4 u realize thing goal has entered. Juventus in champion league, pique Barcelona defender will not forget (CR7). Let us all understand something, playing for your country does not make you an international player but, a player that have tour and yet still deliver like (CR7) is scarce. Perhaps, it is obvious that Ronaldo is going to win another world best so what r we saying? Messi n Ronaldo pls, dnt let all people cause commotion between you. U guys r known for what doing and you are doing it right what about them. Ponder it Mr Xavi if it actually you uttered this statement. 1 luv my people Ronaldo and messi.

  25. Comment: wen xavi left barca d said messi wil not score goals but he did. Wen dani Alves also left barca as messi most assist, d also said it hs finishd for messi but he still does. Jst recent wen neymar left barca for psg people wer saying all sort of words that neymar help messi to shine and that neymar is barca and not messi, am so hapi for God mercy upon messi, he deliverd his country wot d lyks of Dybala, di maria, Aquero, and Icardi cannot do he stand alone to prove dat is an extraordinary player dat no one can imagine. I wonder wot football turn into some bastard are sayin he should go to Epl and smtyms i wonder wot kind of football is n epl. If d lyks of mata, de gea, silva, hereara, pedro can succeed in epl how much more talented player lyk messi. Lets b matured, to me epl is not beta and competitive dan laliga.