29th October, 2019
Some people may have been surprised by the title of this post but of course, Lionel Messi was not talking about Ronaldo, the Portugal forward. He was speaking about the Ronaldo who played for F.C. Barcelona years back.
Right from his debut with Barcelona, Lionel Messi has played with and faced some of the best in world football, but the Argentine revealed the player who impressed him most was Ronaldo Nazario.
The Brazilian legend bagged 34 goals in 37 LaLiga Santander games with the Blaugrana and is regarded as one of the best strikers ever to have graced the game.
“Ronaldo was a phenomenon,” Messi told TyC Sports. “Of all the strikers I’ve seen in my life, he was the best. An impressive player from any aspect.”
However, it is quite unfortunate for football fans that Messi never got to play on the same pitch at the same time as Ronaldo, with the Brazilian winding down his career with Corinthians, just as the Barcelona No.10 started his own soccer career proper at the Camp Nou.