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Dani Carvajal names who is the greatest between Lionel Messi & Ronaldo

Dani Carvajal finds it difficult to choose between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the greatest of all time (GOAT) debate.

However, he acknowledges that witnessing both of them playing together would have been remarkable.

Carvajal, who spent five years alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid between 2013 and 2018, witnessed the Portuguese star become the club’s all-time leading scorer and add to his Ballon d’Or accolades. He also regularly faced off against Barcelona legend Messi.

Given their shared history, Carvajal might be expected to favor Ronaldo in the ongoing debate over the greatest of all time.

However, he holds too much respect for Messi, who boasts eight Ballon d’Or awards and is the most decorated player in men’s football history, to take sides.

Instead, Carvajal told Daniel Habif: “Messi or Ronaldo? I put them on the same level. I don’t prefer one over the other.

“They are monsters in every sense of the word, and I could not choose neither this, nor that. I think they are very different. Messi is a player who is able to go back, receive the ball, and create attacks, and then he can participate in the play and create.

“Cristiano is a monster at scoring goals, attacking the area, and finishing. If they were playing together, they would have been a bomb. And it would have been interesting to see.”

The possibility of Messi and Ronaldo playing together on the same team, especially in a competitive context, seems to have faded away.

Messi, the Argentine icon, is currently playing in MLS with Inter Miami, while Ronaldo’s move to Al-Nassr in 2023 has contributed to raising the profile of the Saudi Pro League.

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