Cristiano Ronaldo was snubbed by Sir Alex Ferguson who claimed Lionel Messi was the best


Cristiano Ronaldo was incredibly snubbed by his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson as legendary Manchester United manager claimed Lionel Messi was ‘undisputedly’ the BEST player out of the rivalling duo… but he did hint the Portuguese star was more versatile

  • Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly admitted Lionel Messi was the better player in 2015
  • Messi and Ronaldo spent much of the previous decade as the best in the world
  • However, debate on who was overall the better player was often split
  • But despite managing Ronaldo at United, Ferguson opted for Messi on talent 











The days may have gone since Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were head and shoulders above all other players as the greatest in the world.

Ronaldo is still playing in the Premier League with Manchester United of course and still producing world class displays but it is clear he is approaching the end of his career, as at 36 years old his physical peak has passed.

Lionel Messi meanwhile is also in the autumn of his career at 34 and is still adjusting to life at Paris Saint-Germain following his move from Barcelona in the summer, despite his surprise Ballon d’Or win.

Cristiano Ronaldo is still going strong at Manchester United despite now being 36

Ronaldo had previously played under Sir Alex Ferguson at United in his first spell at the club, but Ferguson insists Lionel Messi was actually the better player

Ronaldo had previously played under Sir Alex Ferguson at United in his first spell at the club, but Ferguson insists Lionel Messi was actually the better player

So as stars like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe prepare to take the baton as the greatest heading into a new era, it’s worth re-assessing who was actually the better player out of Ronaldo and Messi.

The debate raged on throughout the 2010s with no one seemingly giving an answer that wasn’t biased one way or another.

That was until former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson gave his opinion back in 2015.

Lionel Messi has yet to play at his consistent best since joining PSG from Barcelona

Lionel Messi has yet to play at his consistent best since joining PSG from Barcelona

Yet the Argentine did win the Ballon d'Or this year, which he holds earlier this month

Yet the Argentine did win the Ballon d’Or this year, which he holds earlier this month

Fergie signed Ronaldo for United in 2003 and helped develop him into one of the finest players in the world before his then world record sale to Real Madrid for £80million.

Yet despite their positive relationship throughout, Fergie astonishingly sided with Messi when he was asked by 1991 world snooker champion John Parrott to pick between the pair, according to the Mirror.

‘People say who is the best player in the world? And plenty of people quite rightly say Messi – you can’t dispute that opinion,’ Ferguson said in 2015.

Ronaldo was at his peak while playing for Real Madrid (above) but has proven he can also score goals no matter what team he plays in

Ronaldo was at his peak while playing for Real Madrid (above) but has proven he can also score goals no matter what team he plays in

Messi so far has failed to replicate his Barcelona form (above) while playing in Paris

Messi so far has failed to replicate his Barcelona form (above) while playing in Paris

Although not many would have expected Ferguson to back Messi in the debate, he did hint that Messi could only produce his best at Barca, while Ronaldo could show his class no matter what team he played for.

Ferguson added: ‘But Ronaldo could play for Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, Doncaster Rovers… anyone, and score a hat-trick in a game. I’m not sure Messi could do it. 

‘Ronaldo’s got two feet, he’s quick, great in the air, he’s brave – Messi’s brave, of course. I think Messi’s a Barcelona player.’

Given Ronaldo’s ease of scoring goals at United, Real Madrid and Juventus and Messi’s struggles outside of the Nou Camp, it appears Fergie might have made another shrewd call. 

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