Arsene Wenger Makes A Brilliant Comparison Between Cristiano Ronaldo And Messi. The debate between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will never be resolved. Although one is an “athlete-footballer” and the other is an “extraordinary artist,” Arsene Wenger has made an effort to demonstrate how both are on the same level.
The Messi vs. Ronaldo discussions have been going on for more than ten years, and it’s possible that the two footballers have pushed one other to their breaking points. They’ve fought valiantly on the field while showing each other respect off it to make for a really interesting decade in football.
The standard “Messi vs. Ronaldo” interview question has been posed to every football player and manager, and Arsene Wenger was no exception. The former Arsenal manager responded to a SoFoot question in 2020 by saying:
“I often say that Cristiano Ronaldo is the athlete-footballer, and Lionel Messi, the exceptional artist, this is the difference between the two. Afterwards, everyone prefers one or the other. When we like the game, we prefer the artist. The creative makes you discover things that you do not see, that you have not even considered from the stands.
“It’s (creative style) finer, even if I don’t deny the quality of the Portuguese star. I just believe that football has evolved into the Ronaldo style. This does not mean that we should eliminate the creative. The rules must evolve to make the game more spectacular, more beautiful to see.”
Wenger tried to sign both Ronaldo & Messi for Arsenal!
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When asked to weigh in on the discussion back in 2019, Arsene Wenger made a suggestion that Messi would be his choice.
He didn’t say that directly, but he did say:
“I would say that they are so good that it’s difficult to choose – in 10 footballers of the year, it’s five and five, so that shows they are really on the same level. Artistically, Messi is as well a guy who can give the final ball, so he’s maybe more a creative player than Ronaldo. Ronaldo is more a finisher, better in the air, more athletic, and Messi is the more artistic. So, basically, you are always tempted a little bit more by a player like Messi.”