Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has had his say on one of the most widely debated topics in football in recent years – who is the better player between Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi.
And it won’t be a surprise to find out the Frenchman believes the Los Blancos forward edges it.
The pair have won the past eight Ballon d’Or trophies between them and are widely seen as two of the best players to have ever played the game. This season, Ronaldo has netted 30 goals in 31 appearances for club and country while Messi has lead Barcelona’s attack as they look to retain the La Liga title they won last May.
Speaking to Record Mexico, Zidane said the rivalry between the pair has made football a real spectacle for the fans in recent years, but Ronaldo just edges it when it comes to being the best.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is the best. People can say what they like about Cristiano Ronaldo, but in his heart he’s a good person. Messi is the rival and that rivalry is great for the footballing spectacle, it’s what the fans want to see,” the boss stated.
He also spoke about his first month in charge of the club saying he never imagined himself as manager of the 10-time Champions League winners, but is pleased his message seems to be getting across to the players so far.
“I never thought that I’d be a manager. When your playing career ends all you want to do is spend time with your family. I always liked being on the pitch, it’s what I knew how to do. Everything else was foreign to me. It’s always the manager’s fault if the team lose. But you have to accept that responsibility, with all the good and bad that comes with it,” he commented.
“The main thing is getting my message across to the players. I only give them two or three instructions because they’re extremely professional. I have a sensational group of players, I’m delighted with the work they’re doing.”