The veteran Italian goalkeeper has had his say in the eternal debate.
Having been tipped as a prospective opponent for the 2017 Ballon d’Or accolade, Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon saw his hopes of clinching the esteemed award shattered when he came up against Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final. The efficient goal machine inspired Los Blancos to a 4-1 victory by scoring a brace in the game played in Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium.
It’s been close to 10 months since that particular episode and a lot has indeed happened since then. Ahead of Italy’s encounter with Argentina at the Etihad on Friday, the Ronaldo vs Messi debate was dug up again, and Buffon only had kind words to say about the two players who have been a nightmare for him in recent years.
“They are two completely different players.
“Cristiano Ronaldo, perhaps because he is a little older, has become a killer in the penalty area.
“Compared to how he was before, Ronaldo preserves his energy more, so he no longer goes out to the flank for a nutmeg or trick-shot. But with one ball into the box, he can create a goal,” Buffon declared in the Friday’s pre-match interview.
“Messi is more complete, because he starts deeper, has more technical quality and a vision of the game that is worth more of a trequartista than a finisher.”
Buffon might have tried to be diplomatic with his opinion but, for us, we all know who the one and true undisputed king is.