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Usain Bolt Weighs in on Messi, Ronaldo and the Ballon D'Or

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning gold and setting a new world record of 36.84 during the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Frank WagnerCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2012

Over the past week, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has used the London Olympics to establish that he is the greatest sprinter of all time.

Further, Bolt made clear his desire to play professional football with Manchester United.

Now, the peerless sprinter has weighed in on the Messi-Ronaldo debate, saying that the Portuguese Ronaldo is better than the Argentinean Messi.

Speaking to Portuguese public service broadcasting organization RTP, Bolt said, "No doubt Cristiano is better than Messi. He is a more complete player. I would give [the Ballon d'Or] to Cristiano. He has managed to stay on top and that's the most difficult thing."

Before you get too worked up, there is a good chance that the comments could be the result of personal bias rather than impartial analysis. After all, Bolt has made his feelings on Manchester United, Ronaldo's former club, very clear. Plus, Bolt worked out with Ronaldo in 2009 and gave the striker sprinting tips.

The debate over the best footballer in the world has been raging for years, with Argentina's Lionel Messi and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo at the center. The discussions have just intensified over the past few seasons as the two candidates have led clubs that are both two of the best in the world and arch-rivals in La Liga. Hence, it has become the most talked-about topic (and perhaps a bit too talked-about) in the sport.

The debate has hit an especially interesting point recently as the Ballon d'Or (football's top individual accolade) is set to be awarded in a few weeks. Both have their claims to the award: Ronaldo led Real Madrid to the La Liga title and Portugal to the brink of victory against one of the greatest national teams of all time at Euro 2012, while Messi smashed individual records throughout Europe.

Either would be a deserving victor of the award.

Bolt's comments, on the other hand, exemplify the polarity of the issue.

Only one of these two can win and most people have a strong opinion on which that should be.

 

 

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