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‘Ronaldo is the greatest player of all time’ – Neville details reasons for siding with Man Utd star over Messi



The former Red Devils defender was quick to hail his ex-team-mate as the finest to ever play the game, though fellow pundit Jamie Carragher disagreed

Cristiano Ronaldo is “the greatest player of all time” according to former Manchester United stalwart Gary Neville, with the ex-right-back giving his former Old Trafford colleague the edge over rival Lionel Messi.

The dream homecoming of the Portuguese to the Theatre of Dreams was a reality with a brace in his second Premier League debut for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team’s win over Newcastle.

Ex-Red Devils defender Neville hails his ex-teammate and believes he is the best ever to play the game. He has also highlighted his superior flexibility as goal scorer as the crucial advantage over Paris Saint-Germain attacker Messi.

What has been said?

“Look, there’s no doubt that Messi’s scored an obscene amount of goals,” Neville stated on Sky Sports ahead of Everton and Burnley’s Premier League game on Monday. “He’s a ridiculous player.

“[But] Ronaldo has scored between 30-40% more goals with his wrong foot, and he’s taken more penalties. It just took me to the point where he was more complete with the most important part the game.

“The international record of the most international goals ever is what really pushes it over the edge. The fact that he’s won five Champions Leagues with teams that aren’t even as good as Messi’s team…”