Ronaldo vs Messi: Jamie Carragher sums up the debate

Ronaldo vs Messi: Jamie Carragher sums up the debate

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Messi? It’s been the biggest and hot debate in football over the past 15 years.

Leo Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo after Juve-Barca UCL Match
Leo Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo after Juve-Barca UCL Match
  • Cristiano Ronaldo vs Leo Messi: Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher sums up the debate.
  • Messi gives me an edge over Ronaldo, says Liverpool legend
  • Messi leaves people open-mouthed

We all have our own opinions about choosing the best. While it’s true that we should appreciate and enjoy both players – the pair of them are bonafide legends of the game, after all – most of us prefer watching one over the other. And so is a natural fact too.

The likes of Pele, late Maradona, Rivaldo, and many others have tried to answer the debate in the past, but this time, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has produced a comprehensive answer that many other football fans will surely agree wholeheartedly with.

Carragher answers the Ronaldo vs Messi debate

Liverpool legend and The Sky Sports pundit says he’s always felt Messi was the better footballer when it comes to all sides of the football, but admits he has even more respect for Ronaldo for his illustrious career.

Messi, I’ve never changed that,” Carragher began.

“I think I’m with the majority on that.

“I think I have possibly more respect for Ronaldo and the reason I say that is because he has got unbelievable talent but his mentality, his focus, his work rate has made him what he is, or get him to where he is, has taken him to another level.

“Whenever you think he’s finished or Messi’s done something amazing, he comes back with something again and again and again.

“And it must have been tough for him at times. Even when he was at late stages at United, early days at Madrid where no matter what he did, people would say Messi, Messi, Messi. I think now it’s a bit more even.

“But I think with all those Ballon d’Ors Messi was winning, even when Ronaldo was playing out of his skin. But he still came back for more and that’s what I respect so much.”

Carragher answers the Ronaldo vs Messi debate

Carragher: Messi leaves people open-mouthed

Carragher then explained how, in his opinion, Messi does more things that leave fans and fellow professionals open-mouthed compared to Ronaldo.

“What I would say is Ronaldo does things that other players can do but he does them more often,” the retired defender added. “He scores more goals but I think Messi does things that other players can’t do.

“So you see Ronaldo score a great goal and you think, ‘Okay, well I’ve seen that before.”


“Ronaldo does it so often but Messi, the way he dribbles and runs with the ball, you very rarely see that in football now.

“I mean most teams don’t even have a dribbler in the team anymore now. You don’t see anyone run with the ball so… he does things that professional footballers are open-mouthed with, that’s the best way to describe it.

“It’s not just supporters, it’s top players thinking, ‘I can’t believe that. I can’t believe he’s done that.”

Leo Messi in the UCL Semi-Final Match against Liverpool
Leo Messi in the UCL Semi-Final Match against Liverpool

“And that spell with Pep going into Luis Enrique, that era of like seven/eight years when Barcelona was just off the scale, what Messi was doing.

“That’s what I’d always go for Messi because he does things that other players can’t and leaves them open-mouthed.”

However, both Messi and Ronaldo obviously deserve all the plaudits and praise for that come their way. They’ve both scaled remarkable heights and continue to amaze fans all across the globe, and that too in their mid-30s.

Be it an opinion in Ronaldo vs Messi debate in the eyes of many, including Carragher, the magic of Messi gives him the edge. And so do for many.

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