Pundit weighs in on GOAT debate between Man United superstar Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Gary Lineker has made his choice clear between Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Speaking to Marca (h/t Express), BT Sport Pundit Gary Lineker has revealed that Lionel Messi edges ahead of Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo for him as the better player.

Ronaldo and Messi have been at the forefront of most awards in the game ever since they made it onto the world stage more than a decade ago. While the Portuguese has performed sensationally at Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus, the Argentinian showcased his heroics at Barcelona for the longest time.

Each has picked up the Ballon d’Or numerous times while they have also broken several records in this competitive rivalry. 

Cristiano Ronaldo has had a competitive rivalry with Lionel Messi for over a decade.
Cristiano Ronaldo has had a competitive rivalry with Lionel Messi for over a decade. (imago Images)

The 36-year-old also achieved international glory back in 2016 when he captained Portugal towards European Championship. However, Messi too got his name on an international trophy earlier this summer as he won the Copa America with Argentina.

However, former English international Gary Lineker believes that the South American maestro edges out the former Juventus man. Lineker told Marca (h/t The Express):

“Sometimes people fall for me when I say that Messi is greater than Cristiano. I also love Ronaldo. I respect him very much, he is a giant too. But my honest football opinion is that there is no comparison as to who is the best – because of the things that Leo does. That said, it even hurts me to compare them because they are both gigantic.”

Gary Lineker believes Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Gary Lineker believes Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo. (imago Images)

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This summer, both Ronaldo and Messi changed clubs as the former made a sensational return to Old Trafford while the latter packed his bags for Paris Saint-Germain. With each player starting a separate chapter in their footballing lives, their performances could dictate who truly is the better player before they both hang up their boots.