Cristiano Ronaldo has named the one player he ranks alongside himself and Lionel Messi in the GOAT debate
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Cristiano Ronaldo has named the one player that can contend with himself and Lionel Messi in the GOAT debate.
Ronaldo and Messi are considered as two of the greatest of all time, with some believing that they are indeed the best players in football history.
It's a debate that fans will never universally agree on - yet everybody at least agrees that Ronaldo and Messi are up there.
He responded: "Probably, yes.
"Him and [Zinedine] Zidane probably, that I have played and fought with.
"Messi is an amazing player, he is magic. As a person, we share the stage 16 years. Imagine, 16 years we share.
"So I have a great relationship with him. I'm not a friend of his in terms of, what I mean friend is the guy who was with you in your house, speaking on the phone. No, but it's like a team-mate.
"He's a guy that I really respect the way he always speaks about me."
As a player, he is considered one of the greatest midfielders of all time. He combined excellent passing and dribbling abilities with an eye for the spectacular.
He retired from club and international football after the final, ending a career that saw him play over 800 times for club and country, scoring over 150 goals.
In 2017, the Frenchman anointed Ronaldo as his greatest player of all time.
He explained (quotes via ESPN): "There have been many players who have made history at this club [Real Madrid]. But nobody has done what he has - the statistics speak for that.
"What he has done is impressive. So I think yes [he is the best in history].
"You know I think Cristiano is much better [than me], although I had a good career."