Old remarks made by Juventus winger Angel Di Maria on the rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have come to light again. When Messi signed a free-agent contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Di Maria made the remarks the previous year. One of the select few players, Di Maria has shared a dressing room with both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Between 2010 and 2014, he spent four years at Real Madrid working with the Portuguese talisman.
The winger spent a year at PSG and also shared the field with Messi for the Argentina national team. Last year, Di Maria discussed the competition between the two superstars and praised Messi.
“Playing with him [Messi] is pretty simple for me. He hands the ball to your feet if you run. Nothing can be justified in any way. He and I get along really well both on and off the field. It is simple to achieve your goals, “In an interview with TyC Sports, Di Maria said (via Marca).
Di Maria: “Messi is from a different planet. He stops the ball you are kicking at him. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Sincerely, I did not witness something like this while playing with Cristiano, Ney, Mbappé, Rooney, Van Persie, Ibrahimovic, Benzema, and Bale. It’s something special.”
The former Benfica striker also made light of the fact that Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, and Messi, three of the biggest forwards in the world, all played for PSG when Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to join them. Cristiano must want to k**l himself for not being present, stated Di Maria. PSG currently has a special group of players, both in terms of caliber and quantity. It seldom occurs in clubs, and great players always want to be around the best. Cristiano undoubtedly aspires to be, but fortunately, they purchased Messi, who is far better.
How have this season’s performances by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo been so far?
In his debut season in Paris, Lionel Messi only scored six goals in Ligue 1 while dishing out 15 assists across all competitions. On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo concluded the season as Manchester United’s leading scorer overall with 24 goals in 38 matches.
But this season has been very different. Manager Erik ten Hag benched Ronaldo, but under new PSG manager Christophe Galtier, the Argentine is once again thriving. In their six league outings this year, the Portuguese has yet to provide an assist or score a goal.
In his first six league matches, Lionel Messi has scored three goals and provided six assists. This season, he hopes to lead the French juggernauts to the elusive Champions League championship.