David Beckham has given his verdict on the Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo debate. The Manchester United legend believes the Barcelona star is ahead of the Juventus ace in the debate over who is the greatest of all-time.
Beckham enjoyed a glittering career himself, winning the Premier League, Champions League, La Liga and coming second in the 1999 Ballon d’Or.
He also played for several leading clubs including United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and LA Galaxy.
And Beckham thinks Messi is the best player he has ever played against.
“He [Messi] is alone in his class as a player, it is impossible that there is another like him,” he said.
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“He, like Cristiano Ronaldo, who is not at his level, are both above the rest.”
The Inter Miami president opened up on what it was like playing against Messi during a Champions League match for PSG in 2013.
They met in the quarter-finals and were dumped out of the competition on away goals with the score 3-3 after two legs.
Messi was largely responsible for getting Barcelona back into the tie when they were losing at the Nou Camp.
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“We were leading before Messi came in, and once he came in, Barcelona scored,” Beckham added.
“Although I enjoyed playing at that level at my age, I do not like to lose. Our team played well. In both matches, we did things we should be proud of.
“We didn’t lose against Barcelona, and that is something that should motivate us.”
Last night Beckham and his wife Victoria sent a message of support to everyone amid the coronavirus crisis as they appeared on the One World concert being streamed online.
He said: “It’s great to join you for this amazing event.
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“If there’s any silver lining to come from this situation it’s to spend time together as a family and for that we are grateful.
“We know there are people out there risking their lives to keep us all safe, we want to join with all of you to say a massive thank you to them.”
Victoria then added: “Our thanks goes to all the healthcare workers all around the world who are working so, so hard leaving their families to go to work to protect us and their children.”
The pair then introduced Elton John’s performance.
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