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Cristiano Ronaldo told Piers Morgan that Lionel Messi is the best player he has seen live because hes never watched himself play!

Piers Morgan has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo once told him Lionel Messi is the best player hes ever seen live because he cant watch himself.

Morgan joined talkSPORT to attempt to end the GOAT debate once and for all, afterMessi led Argentina to the World Cup final and there are no prizes for guessing who hes backing.

Messi recorded a goal and amagical assist that may well go down in historyas he helped Argentina to a 3-0 victory over Croatia with a semi-final masterclass in Qatar. Ronaldos Portugal, meanwhile, crashed out.

Messi has won the Ballon dOr seven times, compared to Ronaldos five, and has also won four Champions League titles, 11 top flight titles and sealed Copa America glory in 2021.

Most now agree Messi has built a throne for himself at the very top of the game, but one man who is certain to disagree with the consensus is Ronaldo super-fan and the Portugal stars best friend he says Morgan.

He still thinks Messi is incredible, but believes his mate Ronaldo edges it and it appears CR7 agrees.

I had a very interesting conversation with Cristiano, we had dinner after I first interviewed him three years ago, it was a really great conversation and I really like him as a person, he told thetalkSPORT Breakfastas he joined the show to settle the GOAT debate.

He was incredibly respectful about Messi and I said to him, Whos the best player youve ever seen?

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He said, Messi, but youre asking the wrong question, youre not asking me who is the best player, because, of course, he has never seen himself play live.

But then he talked about the pair of them and the difference between them and a lot of the other greats, like R9 Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, George Best, Paul Gascoigne, he said the difference is the longevity he and Messi have had.

Messi and Ronaldo have had 18 or 19 years at the very top of their game, and thats testament to their extraordinary dedication, their remarkable physical fitness and their rivalry, which has without any question has driven the other to ever greater heights.

I think its been one of the great rivalries of any sport ever, so were very lucky to have them.

Of course, Morgan wasnt done there in his backing of Ronaldo as the one true GOAT saying Messi isnt even the best Argentine to ever play the game.

He said: I thought Messi was absolutely sensational against Croatia. Hes one of the greatest players to ever play the game. The debate is, though, is he the greatest? On that I will always put up a very passionate and quite forensic defence of Ronaldo. I think he deserves that title.

Ronaldo: 819 goals and 234 assists in 1,145 appearances.

Messi: 791 goals and 350 assists in 1,002 appearances.

One World Cup does not a GOAT make. Messi hasnt even won it yet!

When you look at the stats between Ronaldo and Messi, its important to remember Ronaldo is two years older. Its also important to remember that, unlike Messi who stayed in his Barcelona comfort blanket for 17 years, Ronaldo has won league titles in four different countries, including the three most competitive leagues in the world.

Hes taken himself out of comfort zones he could have stayed at Real Madrid for most of his career if he wanted to, but hes deliberately taken himself into new leagues and new challenges.

Whereas Messi, hes only ever done it for Barcelona, and there all around him the entire time were the worlds greatest players. Ronaldo has often had to lead that line pretty much on his own.

Ive been watching a lot of the Messi fan-boying and fan-girling during the World Cup, and Ive been laughing. OK, hes having a good World Cup, but its the first one hes turned up for!

If you stay at a team like Barcelona for the majority of your career and then you go to PSG and a very easy league like the French Ligue 1, are you really a better player over that period than somebody who has consistently won titles in three of the most competitive leagues there are? Im not sure.

I love this debate because it winds people up, but the reality is they are two of the three greatest ever.

Diego Maradona, to me, is the greatest Argentine to ever play the game Messi doesnt even get that GOAT title.

If you look at career goals, Champions League goals, Ronaldo is way ahead. Hes better in the air, hes better with both feet, albeit Messi has a left-foot wand. I can rack up a pretty large sheet of facts which I think leads to the conclusion that not only is Ronaldo the GOAT, but Messi is only the second biggest GOAT from Argentina!

And I think France are going to win the World Cup and break Messis heart, anyway!

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