TWO THIRDS of former footballers say Cristiano Ronaldo has had a better career than Lionel Messi

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TWO THIRDS of former professional footballers say Cristiano Ronaldo has had a better career than longtime rival Lionel Messi… But the majority of the players surveyed would have rather played with the PSG star

  • A majority of ex-footballers have ranked Cristiano Ronaldo above Lionel Messi
  • But nearly three-quarters of respondents would have rather played with Messi 
  • The surveyed former pros shared their views on a number of topics in the game

A poll of former professional footballers has revealed that majority of players surveyed believe Cristiano Ronaldo has had a better career than Lionel Messi.

The two superstars have long been the subjects of an ongoing debate intended to determine once and for all which player has accomplished more in their glittering careers.

But in survey of ex-pros conducted by The Athletic, two-thirds of respondents claim that they believe the Manchester United forward has had the superior career of the pair.

Lionel Messi was voted as the better hypothetical teammate

While Ronaldo was seen to have had a better career

Ex-professional footballers have ranked Cristiano Ronaldo as having a better career in the sport than Lionel Messi 

Despite this, the surveyed former pros preferred Messi as a hypothetical teammate

Despite this, the surveyed former pros preferred Messi as a hypothetical teammate 

Interestingly, whilst the respondents appeared to favour Ronaldo’s achievements in the game when comparing the two directly, the former professionals preferred Messi as a hypothetical teammate.

Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said that they would have prefered to play alongside the the former Barcelona great as opposed to his Portuguese counterpart.

The only major trophy still alluding the two stars is the World Cup, and with both men in the latter half of their thirties, the upcoming tournament in Qatar could prove to be their final opportunity to settle the ongoing debate.

A slim majority of those surveyed expressed the belief that the standard of officiating in football has improved since their retirement

A slim majority of those surveyed expressed the belief that the standard of officiating in football has improved since their retirement 

The survey also provided a variety of interesting insights regarding how former players view the game.

57 per cent of those surveyed believed that the standard of officiating has improved since their playing days.

In addition to this, just over half of respondents believed that the life of a football was more difficult today compared to when they were active professionals, with social media cited as the most common response as to why life is harder for footballers now.  

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