Christophe Galtier spent last season as the manager of Paris Saint-Germain. As a result, the French tactician got an opportunity to see the brilliance of Lionel Messi upfront.
So, many would assume that for Galtier, Messi is better than his rival Cristiano Ronaldo, right? Well, wrong. Galtier, who is currently managing Qatar’s Al-Duhail, stated that his choice for best player is the Portugal international.
Al-Duhail fell 4-3 to Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr on Tuesday, and Galtier eventually saw the 2016 UEFA Euro winner in person. Afterward, the former PSG manager noted why he believed the Al-Nassr star was the better player.
“When you face Ronaldo, there is not much you can do,” Galtier told reporters (h/t Globo Esporte). “He scored two good goals. I have no words to describe. What he did is extraordinary for a 38-year-old player. He’s still the best player in the world.”
Galtier is likely paying a compliment to Ronaldo with his remarks. Nonetheless, Messi does have the FIFA World Cup trophy that the 38-year-old doesn’t have in his trophy cabinet. So, with that achievement, the Argentine has the lead over his former rival, regardless of what Galtier or anyone else says.