The ever-lasting debate about who is the greatest player of all time between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will never go away. Still, the two players only have a handful of playing years before they hang up their boots, considering both are in their mid to late 30s.
During an interview with Gary Neville on his Overlap YouTube channel, Aston Villa manager and former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard doubled down on his opinion that Messi is the greatest footballer of all time. Nonetheless, he did quickly praise Ronaldo.
“They are the two in my era that were just…the numbers – when you’re a footballer, and you’ve done it yourself – I’m not sure who’s going to ever do that again,” Gerrard said. “They’re [Ronaldo and Messi] very different for me.”
Gerrard played against a young Ronaldo during his first stint with Manchester United several times. However, he believes that the Paris Saint-Germain man is a tad bit better than the Portuguese international.
“I think they’re both operating on a different planet to every footballer that’s ever lived, probably besides your Peles and your Maradonas,” Gerrard said.
“But Messi, for me, is more of a team player. If he’s in on goal, he’ll look for a pass as well as obviously posting really, really good numbers individually as well.”
Ronaldo has one more year left with Manchester United, and Messi has another year on his deal with PSG. Leading up to what is likely their last World Cup in Qatar, many will intake the final months that these two players can play at a high level before they hand the baton to the next generation.