Former Arsenal and Barcelona star Thierry Henry believes that his old team-mate Lionel Messi is ‘more talented’ than his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi was often the star man as he sometimes singlehandedly dragged Argentina all the way to the World Cup Final, winning FIFA’s Golden Ball on the way.
But despite Ronaldo and Portugal going out at the group stage, the Real forward won the Ballon D’Or for the second time.
However, World Cup winner Henry believes that whilst Ronaldo is a very good player, Messi has achieved the level he has through talent.
In an interview with the BBC, the Frenchman said “Lionel Messi is the best player in the world but I respect the amount of work Cristiano Ronaldo has put into the game.
“Ronaldo had to work really hard to reach the top. I am not saying Messi does not work hard – but it is more natural. They have the same mentality but that’s the difference.
Henry continued, explaining “Messi is just a freak of nature. It is nice for kids to watch as they can see one guy who was given a gift and the other guy who does it through hard work.”