‘What Cristiano has done is more impressive… we all know the talent Messi has’: Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas ranks former team-mate Ronaldo ahead of his Barcelona rival
- Iker Casillas has had his say on debate over Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi
- He has heaped praise on the hard work Ronaldo has put in to his career
- Former goalkeeper claims Ronaldo is the opposite of ‘cocky and arrogant’
And the Real Madrid legend believes that his former team-mate’s success is more impressive because of how hard he has had to work to get where he is.
Though the former goalkeeper accepts the talent that Messi possesses, he believes it is Ronaldo’s work ethic that separates the great rivals.
Iker Casillas has had his say on the eternal debate over Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi
Casillas ranks Ronaldo ahead of Messi because of how hard he has worked for his success
‘Cristiano always had huge desire to be the best, ever since he was a boy and I believe he has achieved that’, the Spaniard told ESPN.
‘If I have to compare him to Messi, what Cristiano has done is more impressive because we all know the talent Messi has, but Cristiano was determined and worked hard to be the best.
‘I feel we have been lucky to have been able to enjoy two phenomenal players.
‘For people that don’t know Cristiano, he can appear to be cocky and arrogant, but it’s totally the opposite.’
Messi and Ronaldo, pictured sitting next to each other at the Champions League draw in 2019
Between them, Messi and Ronaldo have collected 11 Ballon d’Ors, countless major honours and rewritten the record books.
And the pair are set to go head-to-head once again later this month, for the first time since Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus in the summer of 2018.
Barcelona and Juve have been pitted together in the same Champions League group and will meet at Juventus Stadium on October 28.