What Leo Messi just said about being football's greatest compared to Cristiano Ronaldo
So here we are again
Ronaldo or Messi. Messi or Ronaldo. It's the question that echoes around every playground, every live stream chat window, in fact, probably in the Facebook comment section of this article, at this very moment, grown men are limbering up their fingers to go once more unto the breach and answer the question: who is football's greatest?
Ronaldo himself is dead into it. "I'm the best player in history, in the good moments and the bad ones. I respect everyone's preferences, but I've never seen anyone better than me," he said after winning the Ballon d'Or back in December.
But it seems that Messi, unlike his Portuguese rival is not.
In a recent interview with Tyc Sports he was asked the question and his response sums up the difference between the two men.
"I'm not interested in being the best in history," he said, via Goal. "I have never suggested that: not being the first, nor the second, third or fourth.
"Every time I start a season I try to improve myself, win everything, leave everything every time I go out to the pitch, give the maximum for my teammates and for myself."
Messi the master of Camp Nou, the perpetual schoolboy, the human sand-timer slowly running out - he does his talking on the pitch.