Cristiano Ronaldo Ignores Lionel Messi And Praises Kaka, Rooney And Drogba
Cristiano Ronaldo recently named Ricardo Kaka, Wayne Rooney, and Didier Drogba as the world’s best football players, leaving out Lionel Messi in his list.
The Real Madrid player clearly made his choice while talking to Corriere dello Sport by saying:
“Kaka, Rooney and Drogba are the best players in the world.”
Quite a strange opinion there, don’t you think? Despite the fact that Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba have been making the headlines in the English Premier League and the Champions League by scoring remarkable goals, Lionel Messi is still undoubtedly one of the world’s most impressive players, if not the best player.
Speaking of Cristiano Ronaldo’s team mate Ricardo Kaka, one might wonder how the Brazilian player entered in Ronaldo’s list of best football players in the world, seeing that the former FIFA Player of the Year Kaka is yet to live up to expectations in La Liga for Real Madrid.
With all this in mind, it is hard to accept that Cristiano Ronaldo picked up his players with a sincere thought. Rather, it looks like the Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was intentionally excluded from the Top 3. However, in reality, how could this be?
Lionel Messi has so far scored over 100 goals for Barcelona (a record Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t able to make at the age of 22 for Manchester United), and he currently leads the standings in Spain for the number of goals scored and assist made.
Lionel Messi is also the FIFA World Player of the Year, the UEFA Club Forward of the Year, the European Player of the Year, the 2009 Ballon d’Or winner, the Onze d’Or winner, as well as the Castrol Ranking Leader for the month of February 2010; and these are just some of the high prizes obtained by the 22-year Argentine forward.
Statistically, Lionel Messi is also the world’s best creator of opportunities ahead of Ronaldo, and he is also one of the best team players due to his habit of making unstoppable one-twos.
Other facts show that Lionel Messi is the top football player in media value, and in addition, he presently owns the title of the world’s best dribbler. Concerning his behavior, Lionel Messi is certainly not an angel, but he is surely more composed and disciplined than his rival Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch.
This fact was made quite apparent to the public when Ronaldo failed to comport himself in front of Messi during the UEFA Champions League final in Rome back in May 2009, when Ronnie received a yellow card for making several harsh and unprofessional fouls on Barcelona’s Carles Puyol.
Further figures also confirm that Messi is one of the fastest growing player ever – taking into account his numerous individual achievements in only a few years.
Well, I guess that going deep into details would make this article look like a biography; so probably, the best thing to do would be to end it here. Nevertheless, I presume that by now, knowing this, it is understandable that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are very close to each other in terms of greatness.
Yet, Ronaldo somehow ignored Messi’s hard work and reputation by omitting him while mentioning his top 3 football players in the world. Now, honestly, bearing in mind all the rivalry between both footballers, which has been bursting into flames through the repetitive comparisons from the media, isn’t this list strange?
Well, frankly, this bizarre attitude from Ronaldo can definitely raise strong debates, and alarm Messi fans who will be wondering whether CR9 spoke with truthfulness, or dishonesty.
What makes Cristiano Ronaldo’s affirmation even more questionable is the fact that this statement came right after Messi confessed that “CR was looking great, and Real Madrid were dangerous”. So was this Ronaldo’s answer to Messi’s admission?
This reminds me of a certain time when Lionel Messi was pounced by fans of the Portuguese winger, because of the Argentine’s incomprehensible choice of excluding Ronaldo from his list of best footballers.
Anyway, subsequent to this news, a football expert explained that Cristiano Ronaldo intentionally excluded himself and Lionel Messi from the list, since both players were too highly estimated.
Indeed, it is true that Cristiano Ronaldo often includes his name when it comes to selecting the world’s best football players (according to his opinion), and if he placed himself aside this time around, then there was certainly a reason to that decision.
Perhaps, this makes sense, but where would be the use of removing Lionel Messi’s name from the Top 3? No one knows…
For sure, Ronaldo fans will always find ways of defending their beloved superstar through complicated explanations, but whatever the case may be, their defensive justifications will always be based on assumptions – at least – until the time when the mouth of Cristiano Ronaldo himself reveals the hidden truth in this outlandish assertion.
Isaac Asante, Footballfantalk.com