“Those who say Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi know nothing about football” – Legendary footballer claims

Holland legend Marco van Basten has insisted anyone that thinks Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi knows nothing about football.

There have been a fierce debate for years over who the better player is between Ronaldo and Messi.

The two are almost impossible to split when it comes to goals, honours and assists, but Van Basten has firmly stated that Messi is the better player.

“Cristiano is a great player, but those who say he is better than Messi know nothing about football, or they are saying it in bad faith,” the 57-year-old told Corriere dello Sport.

“Messi is one of a kind. Impossible to imitate and impossible to repeat.

“A player like him comes along every 50 or 100 years. As a kid, he fell into the football genius pot.”

Van Basten won three three Ballon d’Ors before injury led to early retirement at 28. He played for Ajax and Italian side AC Milan during his playing days.

Despite claiming Messi is a better player than Ronaldo, Van Basten insists Messi is not even in the top three players of all-time.

“Pele, [Diego] Maradona and [Johan] Cruyff are for me the three greatest players in history,” Van Basten told Marca.

“As a kid I wanted to be like Cruyff. He was my friend. I miss him. Pele and Maradona were also incredible.

“Messi is also a great player, but Maradona always had more personality in a team. Messi is not the one who puts himself at the front to go to war.”

Messi is just behind the top three with the likes of fellow great players such as Ronaldo, Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane.

The Dutchman added: “I’m not forgetting Cristiano Ronaldo, [Michel] Platini or [Zinedine] Zidane.”

Do you agree with the Dutch legend that Lionel Messi is a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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