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When you think that the age long debate over who is better between Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi and Juventus dynamic forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, two football legends, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney have both air their views on the football argument.
While the former Real Madrid, Manchester United and LA Galaxy star believed Messi is in his own league, Rooney said Ronaldo got better with time.
Rooney, who played alongside Ronaldo at the theater of dreams said: Ronaldo wasn’t as focused on goals when we started playing together but you could see that all he wanted was to be the best player in the world.
‘He practised and practised and began to produce. Cristiano has become an incredible scorer and he and Messi are arguably the best two players the game has seen.
“But despite my friendship with Cristiano, I’d go for Messi. It’s for the same reason I loved watching Xavi and Scholes: it’s the different things in Messi’s game. I’ve talked about composure and I can’t remember seeing Messi score when he has hit the ball as hard as he could. He just rolls them in, makes it so easy.
‘Ronaldo is ruthless in the box, a killer. But Messi will torture you before he kills you. With Messi, you just get the impression he is having more fun.
Those two have completely changed the game in terms of goalscoring numbers and I don’t think they’ll ever be matched.’
Fellow United legend Beckham had also weighed in on the debate and shares the same opinion as Rooney.
But Beckham, while explaining the differences between both said: ‘He [Messi] is alone in his class as a player, it is impossible that there is another like him,’ Beckham told Argentine publication Telam.
‘He, like Cristiano Ronaldo, who is not at his level, are both above the rest.