Cristiano Ronaldo works very hard, while Lionel Messi is just not human says Bayern Munich star David Alaba
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are two of the greatest footballers ever and there is a continuous debate among fans, players and pundits as to who is actually better. In an interview with goal.com, Bayern Munich’s David Alaba gave his own opinion on Ronaldo and Messi.
“I like them both. Cristiano Ronaldo works very hard, day by day, hour by hour, for his success. And Messi? Messi with the ball is not human.”
Alaba was also asked about his life in Bayern as a youngster and he revealed how Franck Ribery really helped him out during his younger days:
At the age of 16, when I had my first traning session with the first-team squad, I came into the cabin and there stood Ribery and he said: “Come here, sit down. Take the locker beside me. And that’s my place still today. He always tried to help me – whether on or off the pitch.”
He also had his say on Mario Gotze’s departure from Bayern Munich:
"Mario is one of my closest friends in the team. In the last few years he was bit unlucky with his injuries. But I think every time he was on the pitch he always tried to give his best. His statistics show us that he was an important player for us.”
Alaba himself is considered to be one of the best players in the world and although the Austrian captain was not at his best during the summer in Euro 2016, he will play a key role in Bayern Munich’s challenge for the Bundesliga and Champions League titles.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the overwhelming favourite to win the Ballon d’Or this year, having won both the Champions League and Euros. Many players like Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and even Neymar have backed the Portuguese superstar to win his fourth Ballon d’Or.
However, Lionel Messi also has his own admirers, with Luis Suarez publicly claiming that the Argentine deserved the game’s top individual prize. With eight Ballon d’Ors between the duo, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have totally dominated the award in recent years and the streak is set to continue with Ronaldo being the favourite to win it this time around.