Ronaldo told he’s now got perfect chance to end Messi debate forever

The debate has gone on for years as to whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest ever but both men opted to take on new challenges in the summer, at PSG and Man Utd respectively

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Lionel Messi’s lowkey start to life at PSG means an impressive year from Cristiano Ronaldo would see him end the greatest ever debate, according to Robbie Savage.

The two legends both made moves in the summer with the Argentine leaving Barcelona and his rival returning to Manchester United.

Between them Messi and Ronaldo have eleven Ballon d’Ors which has cemented their place among the game’s all-time greats.

Debate has long enraged as to which one them ranks higher with opinions very much divided.

Savage though feels as if a productive season in front of goal would be a major string to Ronaldo’s bow.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have won 11 of the last 12 Ballons d’Ors


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The 36-year-old has proved his worth in several countries and scored five times in six outings since returning to Manchester.

Messi meanwhile has been a bit slower to get going, but did score an excellent solo goal for PSG in their Champions League win over Manchester City.

Nevertheless, Savage reckons a 20-goal season from Ronaldo would see him usurp his rival in the greatest ever pecking order.

“I think this is the pivotal season where Ronaldo, for me, will be crowned the best player ever,” he told William Hill.

“Messi started PSG, you know, he’s had a couple of injuries and is not got off to the best starts.

“I would say, because Ronaldo has done it in Spain, he started off in Portugal, come to the Premier League, Italy, and now doing it again at 36 in the Premier League.

“I would say the two greatest players ever if this season dictates, Ronaldo in the Premier League getting 20 goals, and Messi struggling in Ligue 1, I would say Ronaldo is the greatest ever.”

Ronaldo notched a brace on his debut vs Newcastle and has also scored against West Ham, Young Boys and Villarreal.

United’s No 7 was one of several major new faces to move to Old Trafford in the summer which served to heighten expectations.

Ronaldo helped the Red Devils win three league titles and the Champions League before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009, but again has his sights on winning trophies in Manchester.

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“This is why I am here (to win silverware),” he told the club website upon his return.

“I am not here for a vacation. As I told you, before was good, winning important things and I wore the shirt before many years ago, but I am here to win again.

“I am capable, me and my team-mates. I am ready to go, I am ready to go. It is a good chance for me, for the supporters, for the club, to get one step ahead.

“I am ready and I think I will be a huge thing in the next three or four years.”

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