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Mason Greenwood Gives His Opinion On Cristiano Ronaldo Vs Lionel Messi Debate

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Mason Greenwood Gives His Opinion On Cristiano Ronaldo Vs Lionel Messi Debate

Mason Greenwood is the latest player to have his say on football's longest running debate, "Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?"

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The age old debate between the two modern greats, who have 11 Ballon d'Ors between them, is never likely to go away.

Even with Messi in his Messi in his 35th year and Ronaldo being in his 37th, it's unlikely that we'll stop debating which one is better even when they've retired.

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One player who will be hoping to take up the mantle of one of the world's best one day is Manchester United striker Greenwood, who at just 19-years-old is already a key member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team, even with Jadon Sancho's likely addition.

The teenager doesn't have any bias towards Ronaldo either, despite his stint at Old Trafford, with Greenwood actually picking Messi.

"For me, it's always got to be Messi," the young forward told MUTV in a recent Q&A.

"For me, he's just on another planet.

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"Ronaldo is obviously amazing, a physical, great athletic footballer. But to do what Messi does at his size, what he's done for Barcelona and winning that trophy for Argentina, he is just on another level."

Messi gives the Copa America trophy a kiss. Image: PA Images
Messi gives the Copa America trophy a kiss. Image: PA Images

Greenwood was referencing the Copa America trophy that the Barcelona legend recently won with Argentina, the country's first piece of silverware in a major tournament since 1993.

The six time Ballon d'Or winner's lack of success with the national team was one of the few things ever held against him for why he couldn't be the G.O.A.T, especially after Ronaldo's triumph at Euro 2016.

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Finally winning the trophy was an emotional moment for Messi, who shared a loving embrace with former Barcelona teammate Neymar, having beaten Brazil in the final.

Greenwood was also complimentary of another modern legend of football, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, also known as 'the Brazilian Ronaldo.'

Greenwood has proved a tricky customer for Premier League defenders. Image: PA Images
Greenwood has proved a tricky customer for Premier League defenders. Image: PA Images

Asked about his favourite skill when he was younger, the United forward said, "My favourite skill move was the stepover and I still use it to this day.

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"It's my favourite skill move. I used to watch the Brazilian Ronaldo, as he would always pull one out on the goalkeepers and defenders.

"I used to practice at the parks and stuff and used to do it in training sessions, then that would lead on to games. And, now, it's just stuck with me, it's a little skill move that I practice."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football, Manchester United, Mason Greenwood, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo

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