Ronaldo: I'm better than Messi

2012-05-18 18:04

Madrid - Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo insisted he was "better than Messi" in an interview with American news channel CNN on Friday, before appearing to retract his claim.

"You cannot compare a Ferrari with a Porsche because they have different engines," tempered Ronaldo, 27, after initially insisting he was superior to the man who has won the Ballon d'Or for the world's best player in each of the last three years.

"He does his very best for Barcelona and I do my best for Real Madrid."

Few would doubt that the two men are the stand-out players in world football today, with Ronaldo scoring 46 goals as Real Madrid won La Liga, while Messi broke the Spanish league record by notching a remarkable 50 goals for Barca.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo was in little doubt about which of the two clubs had enjoyed a better campaign.

"The table speaks for itself -- nine points separate Real Madrid from Barcelona and that is huge in Spain," he said.

"We have played better than Barca this season, of that I am convinced. I recall the moment, a month ago, when we beat them 2-1 at their place, something no other team managed to do (the defeat was Barcelona's only home loss all season).

"We are better than them at the moment, but we must still respect them because they are a great team."

The former Manchester United player also reflected on Madrid's Champions League semi-final exit at the hands of Bayern Munich, when he was among the players who missed from the spot in a penalty shoot-out after the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"It is always hard to lose, and especially when you do so on penalties," admitted the 2008 Ballon d'Or winner.

"I am not too worried because I still scored that day (twice, in regulation time) but it is true that it was one of the worst days of my career."


  • Raditshaba - 2012-05-18 18:12

    In your dreams

      Sean - 2012-05-18 20:00

      Ronaldo can`t handle living in Messi`s shadow !!! Messi is by far the more complete player , on and off the field and he is a great ambassador for the game

      aleck.wellay - 2012-05-18 20:47

      messi does not have a mouth ,he only have one automatic leg. But still managed to score 50 league goals . U r comparing petrol to diesel.

  • tebogo.mereyotlhe - 2012-05-18 18:26

    dude please......ur granny can do

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-05-18 18:26

    Maybe on playstation nathol!!!

  • msweli.siyabonga - 2012-05-18 18:27

    No, you are not.

  • Eeny Meeny Miney Mo - 2012-05-18 18:29

    This report is very misleading. I watched the interview and he was joking about it because of the constant comparison.

      Tarriq - 2012-05-18 21:10

      Thank You!! News24 decides what it will report, regardless of context. If anyone has seen the new Nike ad for the upcoming Euro's, you will see that CR7 does not take himself that seriously... And he knows better than to make THAT comparison

  • marumobongani - 2012-05-18 18:40

    I doubt that! a true footballer admires those who make it possible for him to shine cause if most of us have a bad day it will reflect on him as well

  • Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-05-18 18:43

    i respect ronaldo's work rate! this guy scored in almost every game he played for real madrid this season. they r both great players in my opinion.

      Tarriq - 2012-05-18 21:11

      Lol, haters... Who exactly disliked this status? Bitter Barca supporter no doubt

  • Barefoot - 2012-05-18 18:57

    Oh come on news24 report the truth he didn't say that, you don't even have a direct quote of him saying it

  • sadrick.lottering - 2012-05-18 18:58

    Of cos you know you are the best, CR7. You and many like myself who shares that very same sentiment go to great lengths to keep peace with Messi supporters. You remain King.

  • Dave - 2012-05-18 18:59

    I do agree that Ronaldo played better that Messi this season because he can take the ball from any position on the field and score a goal, anyone who disagreed can carry on supporting Bafana because you know Nothing about football.

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-05-18 19:21

      Speaking like a big fan of English soccer,clueless about soccer.

  • Dhirshan - 2012-05-18 19:11

    love both but gotta say ronaldo maybe right. he is the blue-print for the modern day footballer. things that make him edge messi : better physique, stronger, can head better, better at free kicks, does well without xavi and iniesta and scored tons of goals in the tougher epl.

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-05-18 19:19

      You must watch soccer my friend,and please don't say the epl is tougher than La Liga.Messi is the best

      Skhona - 2012-05-18 20:16

      @ dhirshan Nonsense man its better to shut up if you don't no what to say

      katishi.laurence - 2012-05-18 20:27

      soccer is a team effort my friend.the way u are structured physically has nothing to do with soccer.if a player wins the 'fifa world footballer player of the year' award three times in a row then surely he is the best player.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-18 22:08

      better want to ask the guy out or what? dive better and futher? can head better- maybe but not a good head player anyway better at free kicks- would love to see the stats but I doubt does well without Xavi/Iniesta...Messi scored more goals than him and Messi has to face Iker and not that palooka goalkeeper of Barca tougher EPL?...who wins the UEFAS? Total score : Messi=King

      Deon - 2012-05-19 06:48

      Good analysis @dhirsan, u've got some good points... Know the Messiraties will disagree but I c u're point....

      Barefoot - 2012-05-19 08:37

      Yeah you got it right there the epl is tougher than la liga- messi will qualify as the best player in my books when he proves himself else where, seen him play for Argentina? you tell me about stats also look at Ronaldo's stats

  • Skhumbuzo - 2012-05-18 19:13

    News24 at it again,on messi

  • Lynda - 2012-05-18 19:28

    ha ha ha ha um yes Ronaldo......I don't think so boet!

  • mawewe.mashele - 2012-05-18 19:58

    CR7 you can whatever. Messi is better than you.

  • howard.komati - 2012-05-18 19:59

    Lionel Messi is an exceptional player, the best player in the World his accolades speak volume and as 4 Christiano he is indeed a great player bt nt better thn Messi.

  • howard.komati - 2012-05-18 19:59

    Lionel Messi is an exceptional player, the best player in the World his accolades speak volume and as 4 Christiano he is indeed a great player bt nt better thn Messi.

  • Simarioh - 2012-05-18 20:13

    Ronaldo maybe the best so as messi, but ronaldo is the best on his way and messi, but when we compare both of them messi is better than ronaldo (y the way ronaldo is my fouvorite player.

  • Tinox - 2012-05-18 20:19

    Messi is the greatest player that walked this earth the stats speak 4 itself but the actual picture is something else

  • refiloegiven.kganyago - 2012-05-18 21:00

    Eish CR7 U R MA fvurte ply ad knw u wrk hrd bt messi is bttr than u and u got big challenge

  • tangi.amakali - 2012-05-18 21:36

    CR7 meant chackles on Messi but it was dumb of him to joke on camera. Ferrari

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-18 22:12

      if CR7 is ferrari Messi is bugatti

  • Meshack Letswalo - 2012-05-18 23:46

    What actually did Ronaldo say because nowhere in the article is any reference to "I'm better than Messi" quoted. Please quote him verbatim unless this is another poor reporting by news24.

      Tarriq - 2012-05-20 12:13

      Ronaldo was talking about the constant comparisons and that the judges for Ballon d'Or will have to make a decision as to who played better this season. He then said "Me thinks it was Me!" and started laughing with the interviewer (clearly tongue in cheek)...

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-19 04:20

    CR7 v.s Messi.

  • Mxeki - 2012-05-19 04:55

    He might be right.

  • Wayne - 2012-05-19 06:35

    The Ego has landed

  • Tumelo - 2012-05-19 08:10

    Cr7 vs Messi ehm my favorite player is ronaldo bt messi is the beta player between the 2

      Jose - 2012-05-23 10:33

      Messi is lower to the ground therefore gets around players better, but Ronaldo is faster and far superior in the header department.. The only way that Messi can header as high as Ronaldo was if he had to sit on Puyol's shoulders

  • Cebzin - 2012-05-19 09:41

    both are good footballers and this comparison have a positive impact intheir career coz one knws dt the result of each match will count of his rating. they are good until we will see em on 101, den we can judge who's the king.

  • Sylvester.Mohloli - 2012-05-19 09:43

    without even getting to the skill level, Messi has never compared himself to Ronaldo bcz he wdnt want to drag himself to that level, the fact that Ronaldo is actually comparing himself to the midget says volumes about the lil' man

  • Cebzin - 2012-05-19 09:45

    dey r gr8 footballers and i personal think that have positive impact in their career coz both dey knw that dey hv to excel on each game and that will keep them focus and that each game serious which in them will give good result in their games, since them are keys to deir teams if they perform good the team perform better.

  • Marie - 2012-05-19 09:58

    Everyone has their emotional favorites.For those who would like the facts,have a look at this link

  • dario.d.brito - 2012-05-19 14:26

    Messi better I doubt it the only reason he scored more goals is because he took more penalties the CR7 .mESSI cant even act have you seen the latest potato crisp advert .Please ppl .Messi has been with Barca his whole life Ronaldo won the protuguese league and cup with sporting one of the uoungest footballers to win that at the age of 17 ,Champions league,Fa cup and two premier titles with United ,And copa del rey and Laliga with Madrid And Messi ?

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-05-19 16:48

    Ok i ddnt c where he said he is better. I hate comparisons of players who in diff systems. I think thy hv mde the rivalry more interesting

  • Asanda - 2012-05-19 17:31

    Not a singel day messi talk abt ronaldo bt ronaldo did tht meny tyms and messi is plyng a gr8 football also christiano bt hz nt bttr thn messi.It doesn't mean whn thy won laliga he cn tlk evrythng he wnts abt messi ts not AYOBA...

      Tarriq - 2012-05-20 12:17

      Ya, because Messi can't speak English. Do you watch Spanish football interviews? Thought not. They both talk about each other, because the reporter in every interview asks that question. The only reason we think Ronaldo talks more is because we are more exposed to him

  • Tuwani - 2012-05-19 17:34

    I still believe Messi is the best player and arguably the best player of all the time. Messi's record-breaking exploits speak for themselves

  • bmaestro - 2012-05-19 17:46

    thats debatable ronaldo,so far messi is king no doubt

  • Sheppie - 2012-05-20 08:59

    Ronado talks 2much

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-20 11:58

    MESSI has more hat-tricks than any player in the world. Has more assists than Ronaldo, 2nd only to Uzil. He scored four goals in a game more than once. He scored 5 goals in a champions League game and 14 goals in total. Scored 50 goals in La Liga, all these records have never been done before. Scored a whopping 72 goals in all competitions, that's another first,the previous record was 67. Ronaldo won best Footballer only once and since then Messi stole it from him 3 times in a row now. And Messi will winan unprecedented 4th time in a row, never been done and probably never will be seen again. He has surpassed Ronaldo in all in competitions . And he still has another Final to play. Real Madrid have only won 2 trophies in the last 4 years, Barca taking all 14 trophies in total, including 2 CL's. Yet Messi remains humble and not arrogant.

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-20 12:04

    @Dario. Ronaldo is the best Actor and Messi is the best Footballer, currently and arguably of all time.

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-20 12:10

    Messi's records and current stats speak for him. That's why Ronaldo is using his mouth to try to outshine him

  • Jonathan Rose - 2012-05-20 18:19

    Now i knw y a lot of people dont like ronaldo..ARROGANCE

  • James - 2012-05-21 09:33

    you cant compare them, they are both brilliant players in their own way.

  • Jose - 2012-05-23 10:26

    very misleading headline, nowhere does it state he was better than Messi but different .. like comparing Porsche with Ferrari.. both these supercars have advantages/disadvantages over each other

      proof.rikhotso - 2012-12-14 00:45

      Messi he is the in the world Ronaldo just have to accept that he do not match messi's abilities maybe in few years to come not now

      proof.rikhotso - 2012-12-14 01:07

      Messi he is the in the world Ronaldo just have to accept that he do not match messi's abilities maybe in few years to come not now

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