The general perception is that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world. With countless trophies, five Ballon d’Or awards and more, it’s hard to argue against him. But don’t tell that to Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.
According to Mexican magazine Record, Zidane was asked if Messi was the best player in the world.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is the best,” Zidane said.
“A lot can be said about Cristiano Ronaldo, but inside of his heart he is a good person. Messi is his rival and that rivalry is good for soccer, it’s what the people want to see.”
Now, as Real Madrid manager it isn’t shocking to see the legend back his own player. How is he going to admit a Barca player is the best?
As of Wednesday, Ronaldo had 521 career goals at age 31, with Lionel Messi at 501 at age 28.