By CALUM McCAFFERY
It’s been the defining question of our generation, the question that footballing fans around the world have been asking for just under a decade, the question that has divided opinion and still to this day remains unanswered. Messi or Ronaldo?
However a poll conducted by UWS students seems to suggest that the answer is SIMPLE, as a whopping 79% of respondents believe that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world.
Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd, who was speaking to UWS on Thursday, backed up that view along with football journalist Iain King.
“Messi all day long for me,” said King
“I think it’s one of those questions where it’s natural skill against manufactured skill. Cristiano Ronaldo has made everything that he’s got of every shred of ability.”
One man who sides with Ronaldo is the man who arguably knows him better than anyone, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
“It’s interesting to me that we hear so much about two players these days: Ronaldo and Messi,” said the Manchester United legend.
“Now don’t get me wrong, Messi is a fantastic player, it’s like he’s wearing slippers when he controls the ball. But here, for me, is the difference. Messi is a Barcelona player.
“But Ronaldo could play for Stockport County and score a hat-trick. He has everything. He can shoot with both feet, head the ball, he’s as brave as a lion, and here’s something else people overlook.
“During my time at Manchester United I was lucky enough to have a lot of people who put in countless extra hours to get better.
“Gary Neville turned himself from an average footballer into a wonderful one because of his work ethic, as did David Beckham. But Ronaldo used to completely exhaust himself, and still does. He just wanted to be the best in the world.”