The ongoing debate about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s footballing supremacy has taken an interesting turn, particularly in light of Sir Alex Ferguson’s perspective.
Messi’s move to Inter Miami in Major League Soccer (MLS) has marked a significant shift in his career, raising questions about whether he could thrive outside of Barcelona, where he had spent his entire professional career.
In contrast, Ronaldo’s journey encompassed multiple countries and clubs, from Sporting Lisbon in Portugal to Manchester United in England, Real Madrid in Spain, and Juventus in Italy. His exceptional performances in each league underscored his versatility and extraordinary skills.
Ferguson’s Opinion on Messi vs. Ronaldo
In 2015, Sir Alex Ferguson, the iconic former manager of Manchester United, weighed in on the Messi vs. Ronaldo debate. He stated, “People say, ‘Who is the best player in the world?’ And plenty of people quite rightly say Messi – you can’t dispute that opinion. But Ronaldo could play for Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, Doncaster Rovers… anyone, and score a hat-trick in a game. I’m not sure Messi could do it. Ronaldo’s got two feet; he’s quick, great in the air, he’s brave – Messi’s brave, of course. I think Messi’s a Barcelona player.”
Messi Proves Sir Alex Ferguson Wrong
Lionel Messi’s performance since joining Inter Miami in MLS has shattered the notion that he couldn’t thrive outside of Barcelona. In just 11 matches for the club, Messi has scored 11 goals and provided 5 assists. His impact has been undeniable, and he played a pivotal role in Inter Miami winning the league’s cup, a significant achievement for the club.
What’s particularly remarkable is that Inter Miami, prior to Messi’s arrival, was considered one of the weakest teams in the MLS. However, Messi’s presence and performance have elevated the team’s stature, leading to victories against strong opponents, including the reigning MLS champions, LAFC.
This turn of events suggests that Messi is not only capable of excelling outside of Barcelona but can also have a transformative effect on the teams he joins. It’s a testament to his extraordinary talent and adaptability, proving Sir Alex Ferguson’s previous assessment wrong.