“I Had More Fun With Ronaldo Than Messi” – Played Alongside Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, 33YO Star Makes a Candid Claim

Published 10/21/2023, 4:12 PM EDT

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Very few players have had the privilege of playing alongside both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. There are many professional soccer players who talk about their respective time spent at a given club where they played alongside either Messi or Ronaldo. But there’s a Bosnia and Herzegovina player who’s had the opportunity to play under both Messi and CR7. The former Roma midfielder shared his experience of playing alongside two of the best in the game as he makes a candid claim.

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The two best players in the game will surely hang up their boots soon. While Cristiano Ronaldo is currently playing for Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia, Lionel Messi is on the verge of clinching his 8th Ballon d’Or. This might be the last time that the soccer fans may get to witness one of their generations greatest get crowned the World’s Best.

Former teammate of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo picks his favorite

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Miralem Pjanic is a name that brings forth a lot of memories. The former Barcelona and Juventus midfielder is currently playing in UAE with Sharjah FC. He is one of the few lucky players to have gotten the chance to play alongside both the legends. And in a candid interview, Pjanic shares his take on who stands as his favorite and how was the experience playing beside the world’s best.

In an interview with Ojogo, the Bosnia and Herzegovina player shares his experience with the two as he said, “It was a pleasure for my son to see him. I was lucky enough to play with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and it’s difficult to say who is stronger. However, I had more fun with Ronaldo than Messi. They are two of the greatest footballers of all time and are great examples for the kids.”

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Pjanic further added, “I talk to Cristiano Ronaldo a lot. I have many memories with him, he is a great footballer. He’s the strongest I’ve ever worked with and one of the best ever. He is among the two, three strongest players in history.”

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The end of an era

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All good things come to an end. Such is the case with the most iconic era in soccer, which has been dominated by CR7 and Messi. The two soccer icons have been the foundation of countless soccer players, who idolized them as they grew up, who saw them at their primes, winning every trophy and award there is and then even get to play alongside them.

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Lionel Messi, as per rumors, is the winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or. Messi completed his soccer journey as he put the World Cup trophy in his cabinet. The Argentinean displayed amazing skills and resilience during the World Cup endeavor being named the MVP of the tournament. Even at the age of 36, Messi’s still going strong.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, is changing the dynamics of soccer in Saudi Arabia and has become a much loved figure in the gulf country. Like Messi, he too is changing many things in and around his club. Very few years remain and soon these soccer stars will hang up their boots, so it’s better we cherish every moment of soccer they play.

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Neil Banerjee

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Neil Banerjee is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With a background in media studies, he possesses a deep appreciation for the intricacies, the strategies and the awe-inspiring nature of the beautiful game, firmly believing that a variety of factors underpin each match. As a devoted Chelsea fan, Neil's passion extends to diving into the stories that surround the club and finding intriguing narratives.
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