“Doesn’t Matter How the Ball Goes in the Net”- Liverpool Legend Discards Athleticism in Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi Debate

Published 09/14/2021, 12:36 PM EDT
Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher during his last professional match


Ex Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher had some interesting remarks on the never-ending Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi debate. Carragher, who currently works as a pundit for Sky Sports, got into a heated debate with fellow pundit Gary Neville on who they would pick between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to come off the bench. While Gary Neville unsurprisingly chose his former teammate Ronaldo, Jamie chose Messi owing to the versatile ways in which he can impact a game.

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“Ronaldo is not the greatest player of all time,” says Jamie Carragher

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The former Manchester United player chose Cristiano Ronaldo for how complete the Portuguese is as a goalscorer. He can score goals from both feet and headers. Neville also mentioned how Cristiano is a big game player. After hearing Neville’s argument, Carragher quickly rebutted how different types of goals don’t matter in this debate.

He said, “No one’s not a huge fan of Ronaldo or Messi. Ronaldo’s not the greatest player of all time. I’m going to say that it’s his mate here, And the reason I say this is – you’re talking about the difference of type of goals, you score different goals. It doesn’t matter how the ball goes in the net. It doesn’t matter if someone does a header or someone does a free-kick. It doesn’t matter.”

He then went on to justify Messi’s inclusion by highlighting the different ways Messi can impact a match. “Messi’s got a better goal record than Ronaldo. Messi is also a playmaker. Messi can run a game; Ronaldo can’t do that. Again, not a criticism. But there’s no way in the world he’s the greatest player of all time. You talk about who’d you want coming off the bench? Messi’s scored double the amount of goals coming from the bench than Ronaldo’s ever scored.”

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Messi scores more off the bench

Adding on, he labeled Gary Neville’s argument as ridiculous and argued that even stats prove Messi embodies super sub.“So that’s just a ridiculous thing that you’ve just said in terms of ‘who would I want coming off the bench?’ Because he can score different types of goals. It doesn’t matter, even if Messi scores them all with his left foot. It’s who has got more chance of scoring from the bench and the stats prove that Messi coming from the bench scores more goals than Ronaldo.”

Messi vs Ronaldo is a debate that has been going around for ages. Both players have always set new records as each year passes by. While it is difficult to choose one of them as the greatest, the stats surely help Messi’s case.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 08: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus F.C. is put under pressure by Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Group G stage match between FC Barcelona and Juventus at Camp Nou on December 08, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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