– Patrice Evra has rated former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo above his football arch rival Lionel Messi
– The Frenchman, in an interview, attributed Messi’s brilliance to talent and gift while describing Ronaldo as hardworking ‘machine’
– The debate on whether Ronaldo is better than Messi or not has long polarised football fraternity
Patrice Evra has waded into the arguably greatest debate in football history, with the Frenchman finally making a choice between Cristiano Ronaldo and his arch rival Lionel Messi.
The former Manchester United and France defender was an august visitor at Sky Sport on Monday, October 21, when asked who the better player was between the two leading football stars.
Evra, who played along Ronaldo during Sir Alex Ferguson’s trophy-laden stint at Old Old Trafford, did not think twice when he settled for the Juventus talisman over his Barcelona rival.
The Frenchman said he was not surprised by Ronaldo’s phenomenal level of professionalism and accomplishment, adding that the Portuguese was reputed for hardworking at training ground.
“I remember when we were talking with Cristiano when he won his first Ballon d’Or, he talked to me and said ‘I have to win at least five’, and that’s what he did, so I’m not surprised,”the Frenchman noted.
“He was the last to leave the training ground, practicing his skill,”he submitted.
Rating Ronaldo above Messi, Evra described the Juventus star as a product of multidimensional hardworking, but attributed Messi’s football ingenuity with “gift and talent.”
‘‘That’s why, when we compare him to Messi, I always choose Cristiano and people say it’s just because he’s my friend,”Evra further remarked.
”I just think Messi, it’s just a gift, it’s talent. God said, ‘go on, go and play with those kids’. But Cristiano worked so hard. He’s a machine. He doesn’t want to lose anything. He even wants to be the most beautiful guy, he wants to be the one that is dressing the best,”the former defender said.
Prior to Evra’s submission, the argument on the better player between Messi and Ronaldo has polarised football dynasty, pitting loyal fans against one another from the two camps.
On statistics, both players have won Ballon d’Ors awards on five different occasion, and ruthlessly dominated the football scene for over a decade.
However, Ronaldo has won international trophy for his country, leaving Messi behind in a tough struggle to replicate his brilliance for Barcelona at the national team level.
At 34, the Portuguese has netted his seven hundred career goals, and his is on the verge of surpassing Josef Bican’s record of 805 goals.
Meanwhile,Legit.nghad earlier reported thatPatrice Evra blamed Arsenal’s defeat to Sheffield on the Gunners‘ weak mentality in their Premier League loss at Bramall Lane.
The Gunners suffered a 1-0 loss to the Blades in a game Evra labelled Unai Emery’s side babies.
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