Ligue 1 Uses Lionel Messi’s Comments To Question Cristiano Ronaldo’s Saudi League Claims

Published 01/20/2024, 10:35 AM EST

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Saudi League is not worse than French League, was Cristiano Ronaldo‘s recent declaration that created quite a stir within the global soccer fraternity. Unabashedly, the Al Nassr forward posited that the Saudi League surpasses Ligue 1 in terms of quality and competition. In response to these contentious remarks, the French league utilized Lionel Messi‘s ‘physical championship‘ quotes, to counterargue.

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It appears that the Ligue 1 authorities are unswayed by the 38-year-old’s views, having conveniently discounted him from discussions regarding the ‘Greatest of All Time’ title and instead lauded his Argentine arch-nemesis.

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In response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s remarks at the Globe Soccer Awards, the official Ligue 1 Espanyol handle retorted with a subtle rebuttal. Alongside an image of Lionel Messi donning his PSG jersey, they captioned their post, “On Ligue 1, the opinion of the best player of all time.” Additionally, they shared a past quote from the Inter Miami forward praising Ligue 1 for its physicality and tough competition.

The quote reads, “It’s a much more physical championship than the league. The teams seem more physical and the matches are tough, they leave you very little space. The players are very strong.” The Ligue 1’s actions starkly indicate their propensity to regard Messi’s viewpoint with higher esteem while calling him the ‘GOAT’ over the Portuguese. Along with Ligue 1, LOSC Lille’s manager, Paulo Fonseca, has likewise addressed the remarks made by the face of Al Nassr.

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Paulo Fonseca doesn’t think Ronaldo’s statement is worth responding to

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Portuguese coach, Paulo Fonseca, recently addressed Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial remarks without making direct comparisons between the two leagues. Although expressing his pleasure at CR7’s successful performance in Saudi Arabia, Fonseca dismissed the latter’s assertion as not warranting a response. He further commented, I think intelligent people will understand why he made that statement.”

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The articulate Portuguese tactician concluded on this point and declined to delve any deeper into the ongoing controversy. Undeniably, it can be inferred that Cristiano Ronaldo’s eye-opening comment has not been received favorably by the French fraternity.

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