Photo: Lionel Messi Best in World
Lionel Messi is the world’s best soccer player, retired Brazilian great Ronaldo said here Tuesday, ranking FC Barcelona’s Argentine forward “a little above” Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who is from Portugal.
Ronaldo, who is in Spain to present the plans for June’s Confederations Cup tourney in his homeland, said he expects to see Brazil and Spain square off in the final of the event.
Following the presentation, the former Real Madrid and Barça star shared his opinions on the current Spanish soccer scene.
“Messi and Cristiano are two fantastic players,” Ronaldo told reporters. “For me, Messi is a little better for how he moves the ball always in contact with his foot, but both do marvelous things very much above the other players.”
The Brazilian also predicted that Real Madrid and Barcelona will face each other in the Champions League final.
“I think there will be a Spanish final in the Champions. I will be in London to see it and I hope Real Madrid is the champion,” Ronaldo said.
Real Madrid and Barça must get past Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, respectively, to reach next month’s final at Wembley Stadium. EFE