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Gary Lineker Gives Refreshing New Take On Cristiano Ronaldo Vs Lionel Messi Debate

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Gary Lineker Gives Refreshing New Take On Cristiano Ronaldo Vs Lionel Messi Debate

Gary Lineker has praised both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as "super human [sic] footballers" and told fans to "enjoy them both."

The 59-year-old former England striker has long been an admirer of Messi and frequently lauded the Barcelona captain's performances on social media.

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And Lineker once again showered the six-time Ballon d'Or winner with praise when he notched up his 700th career goal in Barcelona's 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

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"Messi, with a Panenka penalty, scores his 700th goal. Might as well do it in style," he tweeted.

However, Lineker received a fair amount of backlash for not singing Ronaldo's praises after the Juventus superstar scored a sensational 25-yard goal against Genoa.

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However, he made sure that he cleared his stance on Ronaldo and insisted that he doesn't hold anything personal against the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

The Match of the Day presenter tweeted: "Message to Ronaldo fans: When I tweet about the brilliance of Messi, it doesn't mean I don't admire Ronaldo.

"Message to Messi fans: When I tweet about Ronaldo, it doesn't mean I don't admire Messi. It's possible to love both of these super human footballers. Enjoy them both."

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Not long after sending out the message, Lineker called out Piers Morgan for suggesting that Messi couldn't score a screamer as Ronaldo did.

Lineker responded to Piers Morgan: "Fabulous goal, breathtaking footballer, but you really should start watching football before making silly statements."

The former Barcelona and Tottenham star's tweet also included a link to a compilation of Messi scoring brilliant goals from outside of the box.

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Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Gary Lineker, Barcelona, Serie A, Lionel Messi, Juve, old lady, Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo, La Liga, Barca

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