Did Cristiano Ronaldo Really Mean To Disrespect Lionel Messi?

Isaac AsanteCorrespondent IIMarch 12, 2010

Cristiano Ronaldo recently named Ricardo Kaka, Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba as the world’s best football players, leaving out Lionel Messi from his list.

This might be regarded as a "dead" and "insignificant" news by many football fans, but deep inside the truth, the hidden story behind this report is unimaginably greater than one could ever think.

The Real Madrid player clearly made his choice while talking to Corriere dello Sport by saying:

“Kaka, Rooney and Drogba are the best players in the world.”

Quite a strange opinion there, don’t you think? Despite the fact that Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba have been making the headlines in the English Premier League and the Champions League by scoring outstanding goals, Lionel Messi is still undoubtedly one of the world’s most impressive players, if not the best player.

Speaking of Ronaldo’s teammate Ricardo Kaka, one might wonder how the Brazilian player entered in Ronaldo’s list of best football players in the world. Kaka, a former FIFA Player of the Year, has yet to live up to expectations in La Liga for Real Madrid.

With all this in mind, it is hard to accept that Cristiano Ronaldo picked his players with an ordinary thought. Rather, it looks like the Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was intentionally excluded from the top three.

But, in reality, how could this be?

Messi has so far scored over 100 goals for Barcelona (a record Ronaldo wasn’t able to make at the age of 22 for Manchester United), and he currently leads the standings in Spain for the number of goals scored and assist made.

Messi was named the FIFA World Player of the Year, the UEFA Club Forward of the Year, the European Player of the Year, the 2009 Ballon d’Or winner, the Onze d’Or winner, and the Castrol Ranking Leader for February 2010.
Keep in mind, these are only some of the high prizes obtained by the 22-year-old Argentine forward.
Statistically, Lionel Messi is the world’s best creator of opportunities ahead of Ronaldo. Messi is also one of the best team players due to his habit of making unstoppable one-twos with his club mates.
Further figures also confirm that Messi is one of the fastest growing players ever—taking into account his numerous individual achievements in only a few years.
Well, I guess that going deep into details would make this article look somewhat like a biography. So the best thing to do would be to end it here.
Nevertheless, I presume that by now, knowing this, it is clear that Messi and Ronaldo are very close to each other in terms of greatness.

Yet, Ronaldo somehow ignored Messi’s hard work and reputation by omitting him while mentioning his top three football players in the world.

Bearing in mind all the rivalry between both footballers (which has been bursting into flames through the repetitive comparisons from the media), isn't this list strange?

Frankly, this bizarre attitude from Ronaldo can definitely raise strong debates. If anything, it will alarm Messi fans who will be wondering whether the world's most expensive player spoke with truthfulness or with dishonesty.

What makes Cristiano Ronaldo’s affirmation even more questionable is the fact that this statement came right after Messi confessed that “CR9 was looking great, and Real Madrid were dangerous”.

So was this Ronaldo’s answer to Messi’s sudden admission?

This reminds me of a certain time (a few years ago) when Lionel Messi was pounced by fans of the Portuguese winger because of the Argentine’s incomprehensible choice of excluding Ronaldo from his list of 11 best footballers.

Subsequent to this shocking news, a football expert explained that Ronaldo intentionally excluded himself and Messi from the list, since both players were too highly estimated by the people of the world. 

Indeed, it is true that Ronaldo often includes his name when it comes to selecting the world’s best football players, and if he placed himself aside this time around, then there was certainly a reason to that strange decision.

Perhaps this makes sense, but what would be the sense of removing Messi’s name from the top three? No one knows…

For sure, Ronaldo fans will always find ways of defending their beloved Real Madrid superstar through complicated explanations. Whatever the case may be, their defensive justifications will always be based on assumptions—at least until the time when the mouth of Ronaldo himself reveals the hidden truth in this outlandish assertion.


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