Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo better for rivalry, says Mascherano
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will go head to head when Argentina and Portugal clash in Manchester on Tuesday sporting their national team colors for only the second time. Javier Masherano believes the contest between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has made them achieve even greater levels. Ronaldo, 29 and Messi, 27 have met numerous times before in club level clasicos between Real Madrid and Barcelona with the Argentine outshining the Portuguese for several years, but the Portuguese showing better game in recent times.
Both of them have likewise taken their contest to the arena of awards, with Messi topping as a result of winning four successive Ballon d’Or awards from 2009 up to 2012, however Ronaldo was awarded his second best player prize in 2013 and is currently running as the heavy favorite for this year’s prize. While commenting before the Tuesday’s friendly tie between the two where Argentina face Portugal at Old Trafford, Mascherano told Al Primer Toque that his colleague at both Barcelona and Argentina was a better player since his rivalry with Ronaldo spurred him on.
“I think the competition has been good for both of them.”Masherano said. Referring to Messi, Masherano said that he and everyone else would only recognize just how great a player he has been after his career is over. “Human beings have a tendency to get used to things, and playing with Leo for so long you take it as something natural.”, he said. Having four Ballon d’Or prizes under his belt, Messi is the most acclaimed individual player ever.