The recent suspension of Lionel Messi from PSG has reignited the debate between him and Cristiano Ronaldo. Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson recognized the talents of both players but believed that Ronaldo had a unique ability to excel at any club, whereas Messi flourished with the support of his stellar teammates at Barcelona.

Ferguson stated in 2015 that while many people rightfully considered Messi to be the best player in the world, Ronaldo had the ability to score a hat-trick in a game for any club, including Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, or Doncaster Rovers. He praised Ronaldo’s versatility, speed, aerial ability, and bravery, while also acknowledging that Messi was a Barcelona player through and through.

The ongoing debate between Ronaldo and Messi is likely to continue for years to come, with both players having achieved incredible feats on the pitch and established themselves as two of the greatest footballers of all time.

 Has Messi proved Ferguson right?

Since joining Paris Saint-Germain in 2021, Lionel Messi has not lived up to his Barcelona standards, and his performances have dropped since the World Cup, leading to discontent from PSG fans. Despite doing better this season, with 20 goals and 19 assists in 37 games across all competitions, Messi’s recent suspension by PSG for an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia has fueled rumors of a possible departure from the club this summer. A return to Barcelona is a possibility, as are big-money moves to the MLS and Saudi Pro League.

In contrast, Cristiano Ronaldo has been back to his prolific scoring form while playing for Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League, scoring 12 goals in as many games. While his second spell at Manchester United ended on a sour note, Ronaldo is now back on form and hopeful of succeeding in the Middle East.

In terms of Sir Alex Ferguson’s hypothesis that Messi is a one-club player, recent events suggest that he may have been right. Messi’s struggles at PSG and the possibility of him returning to Barcelona or moving to a new league indicate that he may not be as adaptable to different clubs and situations as Ronaldo, who has found success in multiple leagues and clubs.

By Lylla

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