Emmanuel Adebayo, a former striker for Real Madrid, has given his thoughts on the Ronaldo v Messi debate and confirmed that Ronaldo is 250% better.
When questioned in an interview who was better, he responded that Cristiano Ronaldo was due to his drive to continually become better and his attitude to training.
The Togolese International said: “I like the mentality of this player [Cristiano Ronaldo] a lot. Not only the way he plays – we all love the way he plays. But what attracts me the most is his motivation to work.
“He trains before the training sessions. Then there’s the session. After it, he continues to train. He also trains after matches. On his days off, he trains as well.”
“Do I think Ronaldo is better than Leo Messi? Yes, 250%.”
He went on to say: “The coolest partner is just that, CR7, Cristiano Ronaldo. You guys see Cristiano Ronaldo in matches. And I had the opportunity to see him in everyday training work. He is unthinkable.”
“In matches he shows 3-5% of what he is capable of doing in training. In training, he just mocked us. It’s like playing with my daughter. And I’m not exaggerating. It really is. Losing in a two-way game with any score, he can turn on and score 7 goals in 2 minutes! He’s incredible!” Adebayor said.
Last season, Messi struggled to adjust to life with Paris Saint-Germain and only managed to score six goals in the league.
He did receive a Ligue 1 champions medal, though, and in June, he and Argentina won Finalissima.
On the other hand, Ronaldo joined Manchester United again and registered 24 goals across all competitions.
However, United finished with their lowest-ever total of 58 points in the Premier League and missed out on the Champions League.
Hence, this summer, Ronaldo requested to leave Old Trafford if an “acceptable offer” is made in the coming weeks.
Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor is a Togolese professional football player (born 26 February 1984) who plays as a striker for Togolese Championnat National team Semassi.
He has also previously played for a Spanish club Real Madrid, Turkish clubs Istanbul Başakşehir and Kayserispor, a Paraguayan side Club Olimpia, and English clubs Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, and Crystal Palace.
When he joined Olimpia Asunción in 2020, he became the best recognizable player in Paraguayan football and the highest-paid player in the history of the country. He was named African Footballer of the Year in 2008 while playing for Arsenal.
Adebayor represented Togo at the nation’s first and only World Cup appearance to date, the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Adebayor left the Togo national team in January 2010 after being one of the players on the bus that came under gunfire while traveling to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.
He joined the Togo team once more in 2013 for the African Cup of Nations in South Africa, where he assisted them in reaching the quarterfinals. With 32 goals, he now holds the record for most goals scored in Togo.
Ronaldo v Messi
Long after the footballers leave the game, the debate over who is the greatest player of all time (GOAT) between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may never be settled.
In reality, the Ronaldo v Messi discussion might last for years and have a lasting impact on how the beautiful game develops.
The football rivalry between Lionel Messi of Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is frequently referred to as the Ronaldo-Messi rivalry. This is partly due to the fact that both players were born in the same era and have similar records and levels of athletic accomplishments.
Together, they broke a lot of records in the sport, which contributed to their rise to the top of the game unquestioned for over 13 years.
They are two of the most successful footballers ever, having won a total of 71 major championships (Messi 35, Ronaldo 37) throughout their professional careers. They routinely score more than 50 goals in a season.
They are two of the eight players with a combined total of more than 700 goals for club and country. Ronaldo now holds the record for the most goals scored in a career.
Allegiances to clubs and nations, as well as a player’s personality, can influence perceptions, with the majority of people having a definite sense of who they would pick as the Greatest of All Time.