Football News: Jorge Valdano has described Cristiano Ronaldo as a ‘phenomenon’ and Lionel Messi as a ‘genius’.
Ronaldo and Messi are among the best footballers in the world, and are widely regarded as two of the greatest footballers ever.
Ronaldo, 37, and Messi, 35, continue to play at the top. The former plays for Manchester United and while the latter is at Paris Saint-Germain.
Who is Jorge Valdano?
Jorge Valdano is a former Argentina footballer who has played for Newell’s Old Boys, Alavés, Real Zaragoza and Real Madrid. He was part of the Argentina squad that won the 1986 World Cup. He is also a former coach and has managed Real Madrid, Tenerife & Valencia.
Football News: What did Valdano say about Ronaldo and Messi?
“Cristiano Ronaldo is a phenomenon. He looks like a downgrade compared to Messi, who I define as a genius, but be careful because sometimes a phenomenon has more merits than a genius,” Valdano told TyC Sports as quoted by Marca.
“The genius is born and the phenomenon is developed. Cristiano has even built himself a new body, he has a lot of merit for what he has done, and he has taken several Ballon d’Or awards away from the genius.”
Football News: How have Ronaldo and Messi begun the 2022/23 season
Ronaldo had missed Man Utd’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to family reasons. The Portuguese superstar then played 45 minutes in Man Utd’s pre-season match with Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo did not feature in Man Utd’s starting XI for the Premier League 22/23 season opener vs Brighton. However, the 37-year-old came on as a substitute in the second half of Man Utd’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Meanwhile, Messi bagged a brace as PSG kicked off their Ligue 1 title defense with a thumping win over Clermont Foot. The Argentine scored his goals in the 80th and 86th minute as PSG registered a 5-0 win.
Football News: How many goals did Ronaldo and Messi score last season?
Ronaldo scored a total of 24 goals and provided 3 assists in 38 appearances for Man Utd last season. 18 of those came in the English Premier League, while he scored six goals in the Champions League for the Red Devils in the 21/22 season.
Meanwhile, Messi scored 11 goals and assisted 15 goals in 34 appearances for PSG last season.