Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Kylian Mbappe says he’d ‘retire’ rather than choose between the Barcelona and Juventus stars


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.

Barcelona icon Messi was at his brilliant best as he scored two goals during their 3-0 win at home to Manchester United to book a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

United had no answers for Messi’s brilliance


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.

There will be no Champions League No.6 for Ronaldo this year


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.

Both Messi, 31, and Ronaldo, 34, have wowed football fans around the world, winning the Ballon d’Or five times each since Ronaldo first won the award in 2007.

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.

Mbappe is viewed as a future Ballon d’Or winner by many

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.