Manchester United midfielder, Fred, has admitted that he used to choose Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi over his teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo, in the past, but has changed his mind now.
Fred has conceded that he once preferred Messi over Ronaldo due to the Argentine’s playing style.
However, the Brazilian international has been tempted to change his stance after sharing the dressing room with Ronaldo at Man United.
Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the Ballon d’Or awards for over a decade.
Both players have won 12 of the last 13 Ballon d’Or awards between them, with Real Madrid’s Luka Modric being the only one to break the trend in 2018.
The rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo has sparked debate among fans, pundits and players over the years.
Some have even changed their minds about who is the better of the two and Fred is among them.
Fred told TNT Sports Brasil: “I used to say Messi [is the best player], it’s a style that I enjoy more. But after playing with Cristiano, I can see closely the amount of work that he puts into every aspect of his football life. On the pitch, he’s always in the right place at the right time. He’s the player with the highest ability to turn a game around I’ve ever seen. I choose him now [over Lionel Messi].”
“He’s [Cristiano Ronaldo] an exceptional guy, on and off the pitch. Every day he’s working to get even better and that’s important as an inspiration to all of us, especially the young players. He’s a role model,” he added.