Fabio Capello names ‘three genius’ in football history and snubs this Ballon d’or winner!

The former Real Madrid coach didn’t include the 5 times Ballon d’or winner player.

Lionel Messi had another night to remember for Barcelona on Wednesday, scoring twice and adding two assists as Barcelona rolled past Lyon 5-1 in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 showdown to book their place in the quarter-finals.

The win saw Barcelona make it 30 Champions League games at Camp Nou unbeaten, the best home run of any team, but it was Tuesday’s results that proved shocking the Spanish side’s star man, Lionel Messi.

Barcelona will be joined in the last eight by Premier League sides Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, along with Dutch outfit Ajax and Portuguese club Porto. Following a masterclass performance from both the men, Fabio Capello names 3 genius of football history and snubs this 5 time Ballon d’or winner player.

Juve slipped past Atletico Madrid in Tuesday’s second leg, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring two headers and a penalty to see the Italian club overturn a 2-0 first-leg loss. The performance from both the talisman once again depicted both are truly inseparable and a gift to football. Fabio Capello, former Real Madrid manager picks 3 geniuses of football history and didn’t pick this five times Ballon d’or player.

Former England boss Fabio Capello has revealed he believes there have only been three “geniuses” in the history of football. Despite his Champions League heroics on Tuesday night, Cristiano Ronaldo is not one of them. Capello was working as a pundit on Sky Sports Italia as Ronaldo inspired Juventus to a remarkable win over Atletico Madrid with a breathtaking hat-trick in Turin.

It sparked huge debate in the Lionel Messi or Ronaldo discussion, with Messi responding with two goals in Barcelona’s 5-1 thrashing of Lyon on Wednesday. And Capello reckons the Argentinian master can join Diego Maradona and Pele in elite company as the three greatest players in history.

Capello said, “Messi is a genius, Ronaldo is an extraordinary footballer. Messi is brilliant because he does invented things, he is pure genius. Ronaldo is extraordinary, he makes you win Cups and everything what you want, but Messi is a genius. In the history of football there have been only three ball geniuses: Pele, Maradona and Messi.”

Though Capello’s comments would indicate a preference for the diminutive No. 10, he’s also an admirer of Messi’s longstanding rival Cristiano Ronaldo, whom he feels has been a valuable addition at Juventus: “Cristiano has woken up a lot of Juventus players. Bringing him to the club has been a wake-up call for many players and he has made them improve. He is very important for Juventus because having someone as good as him at training every day and someone who takes care of himself in the way Ronaldo does, is hugely significant for a team that was coasting.”

Author’s Take:

Ronaldo’s omissions generated plenty of criticism of the former England, Real Madrid , Juventus, Roma and AC Milan boss. However it’s tough to distinguish between these two superstars. They always step up when the team needs them and once again they showed why both Messi and Ronaldo are the best football players on earth for a decade.

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