Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Kylian Mbappe says he’d ‘retire’ rather than choose between the Barcelona and Juventus stars
Kylian Mbappe says he would ‘retire’ from playing in order to accommodate Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in his team because he can’t separate the pair.
Ronaldo’s Juventus’ side will not join Barca in the last four after crashing out at the hands of Ajax with a 2-1 loss at home despite the Portugal legend’s first-half opener.
A disappointing end in Europe for Juve but it’s still been a great season personally for Ronaldo, with 26 goals in 38 games in all competitions so far.
Argentine Messi, who currently has 45 goals in 42 matches for Barca, has been in spectacular form this campaign.
However, with both players ageing some are looking at who will be the next superstar in the sport, with World Cup winner Mbappe, 20, being touted for that status.
But when asked who he’d rather have in his team, Mbappe insisted he couldn’t choose and would willingly bench himself to accommodate the superstar duo in a fantasy XI.
Mbappe told France Football: “If I had the choice between Messi and Ronaldo for my team? I’d retire and take both of them, to be sure that we win!
“I could choose one, but it would likely be at the expense of the other. And you don’t have the right to denigrate one of these two monsters. To choose one would be an insult to everything that the other has achieved.
“When I was younger, I had fun comparing them both. From one year to the next, I changed [who he preferred], even though I admit to having defended Ronaldo more often.
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“But now I’m grown up I’m less certain. There are the Barca followers who prefer [Johan] Cruyff and Messi. And there are others who will say that Ronaldo is the greatest athlete that football has known and has won things wherever he went.”
The Paris Saint-Germain forward suffered a disappointing exit from the Champions League – losing to Manchester United last month.
However, PSG can win the Ligue 1 title on Wednesday with a win against Nantes. They are also in the Coupe de France final against Rennes on April 27.
Source: SportsLatest TS