Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports

Messi v. Ronaldo. Ronaldo v. Messi. The debate over who the best soccer player in the world is has gone on for the past eight years and there has never been a consensus. While the public and the media frequently banter over who is better; the two stars, themselves, don’t like discussing the comparisons. Just like Magic v. Bird or Manning v. Brady, there really is no wrong answer. However, in a recent interview with BBC; Ronaldo made the claim that he had never made before: “I am better than Messi.”

“I don’t need to say ‘I’m in the history of football, I’m a legend’. The numbers say everything…In my mind, I’m always the best. I don’t care what people think, what they say. In my mind, not just this year but always, I’m always the best…It’s opinions, I respect the opinions. Maybe in your opinion Messi is better than me, but in my mind I am better than him. So it’s simple.”

If you’re waiting on a response from the notoriously introverted Mess; don’t hold your breath. However, the people have spoken and given their two cents on who is better. Recently a charity called Hubbub had an informal poll by asking fans in London on who the better player is. Their voting method was, unconventional, to say the least as they used cigarette buds from Londoners to decide the winner:

Then there’s Ronaldo’s own son, five-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. CR JR, while impressed with his father’s accomplishments, only wanted to talk about Messi to his grandmother, who was none too pleased. You can view the video of their exchange below:

 

Ross Kelly is an Associated Producer for CBS Local Sports. He is from Louisiana and is a fan of all sports, but not of any teams (except LSU). He can be reached at ross.kelly@cbs.com.