Ronaldo or Messi?
It’s a question which has long been debated between football fans, pundits and players, as the two superstars continue to defy logic on the pitch each and every week.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been seen as rivals for some time now, with the pair battling it out each season for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
But, as is their superiority over the rest of the footballing world, they find themselves fighting for personal honours each season too, most notably in the Ballon d’Or.
It was Ronaldo that lifted the award earlier this year, levelling Messi with his fifth time in lifting the famous honour.
This has sparked further discussion among the footballing world and Chelsea star Eden Hazard is the latest player to weigh in on the debate.
The Blues attacker is one of the stars of the Premier League this season once again and he recently opened up on who he believes is the better of Ronaldo and Messi.
In light of Messi’s incredible outing in the 3-0 El Clasico victory for the Catalans over Real Madrid, Hazard was firmly in the Argentine’s camp in the long-standing debate.
“Of course, when you are playing football you want to play against the best,” stated the Belgium international.
“The best team, the best players in the world. Messi is the best player in the world.
“In the last 15 years, there hasn’t been a team like Barca and there also hasn’t been a player like Messi.”
Eden Hazard (on facing Barça in UCL): "There is no better team than Barcelona and there is no player better than Messi." pic.twitter.com/uBP2euEUs3— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) December 26, 2017
With Ronaldo and Messi now level on five Ballon d’Or trophies apiece, next year will be interesting to see who will come out on top between these footballing superstars.
Messi looks likely of wrapping up yet another La Liga win with Barcelona this current campaign, while Ronaldo is enjoying a rampant run as he seeks a third successive Champions League crown in 2018.
There’s also the small matter of the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer, which could provide further evidence for football’s biggest debate: Ronaldo or Messi?