Ferguson praised Messi's ability but claimed that Ronaldo is better because he Sir Alex Ferguson believes Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi (Getty) the world , but Ronaldo can at least strengthen his claims to take back the . Famous 70s Lyrics Quiz: How fast can you name the song?. "Barca will never have a player like Messi again. Messi's . "Comparing CR7 to Messi is an exercise of ignorance in football. Messi is Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo's son greets Lionel Messi during the Best .. These two could still meet again next season in the Champions Leauge.
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I'm happy at Madrid but I want to play more. Using Ballon d'Or wins to compare the Argentine to other footballing stars, he feels, is a pointless endeavour. It is ridiculous that they're comparing awards or golden melons or whatever it is they want to compare. A piece published in the local media claimed that the player had been involved in a spat with supporters, which he was at pains to refute. You're like [Louis] van Gaal, always negative. Cesare Prandelli Having run out of patience with his side's performances, then Valencia coach Cesare Prandelli decided to vent his frustrations before a game against Real Sociedad.
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Taking his seat in the press room, he refused to answer questions and instead called for attitude and commitment from his staff, pointing to the door for anyone who wouldn't comply. I want to see the players' desire to suffer for this shirt.
If anyone doesn't want to do that they can go. He won it all: The Argentine believes that the Barcelona icon belongs to a very elite group of the game's greats. Di Stefano, Pele, Cruyff and Maradona.
Although he claimed that it didn't occur on his watch, Blatter insisted that it had occurred in the past. Of course it can be done," he said. When you touch them, then you know what ones they are. Infuriated by Toure's omission from City's Champions League squad, his agent made his feelings known but may have met his match when tussling with coach Pep Guardiola. Lukas Podolski During Germany's Euro clash against Ukraine, television cameras picked up coach Joachim Low fondling a certain initiate part of his body during the game.
However, according to Lukas Podolski, too much was made of the incident. Xherdan Shaqiri Euro did give us many amusing quotes, with one coming from Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during the tournament. Against France, four Swiss players jerseys ripped, leading Shaqiri to come out with one of the year's funniest lines.
Vicente del Bosque In a surprising admission, outgoing Spain coach revealed that he had sent a personal message to each player in his squad. Well, almost everyone that is.
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Pedro After appearing for just eight minutes at EuroPedro decided to vent his frustrations about his situation. If there isn't more continuity then you wonder if it is really worth the trouble to keep coming just to be part of the group, even though I'm very comfortable with my teammates. That game saw Payet become a vilified figure of sorts when he sent Cristiano Ronaldo packing from the contest early through injury and he has taken drastic measures to forget all about that night.
So much so that with his contract due to expire on December 31, his teammates have taken to begging him to remain.
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Zinedine Zidane Just how do you reflect on an unbelievable year that sees you win more trophies than you have lost competitive matches? We have been improving with every passing game. The Portugal forward got the better of him in the finals of both the Champions League and Euro So when Griezmann was awarded the Q d'Or award for TF1's best player of the year, it was no surprise what his answer was when he was asked who he didn't want to see in the new year.
Cristiano Ronaldo vs Jose Mourinho: The pair, who spent three years together at Real Madrid between andwill be on opposite sides when Mourinho's Manchester United host Ronaldo's Juventus in Tuesday's Champions League group stage clash.
There has always been plenty of focus on how the manager and his former player get on - and while Mourinho praised Ronaldo as one of the sport's all-time greats in his pre-match press conference, there have been rocky moments too. Here, Andrew Dickson looks back at a decade of ups and downs between the two from before, during and after their time with one another in the Spanish capital Before Madrid… Long before their paths first crossed, Ronaldo and Mourinho had very different upbringings in their native Portugal.
While the man who would later manage the country's biggest two clubs, Benfica and Porto, came from a middle-class family, the same could not be said of his compatriot.
Indeed, the fact Ronaldo's childhood was an impoverished one on the island of Madeira was the subject of one of the first verbal jousts between the two in Ronaldo's first spat with Mourinho came as he won the Premier League with Manchester United in With Ronaldo - then at United - helping his team win the Premier League by six points from Chelsea, he claimed Mourinho "does not know how to admit his own failures".
The Stamford Bridge coach responded first by calling the player a liar then gave a barbed view on comments Sir Alex Ferguson made in relation to the row.
But normal things… I have no problems with him [Ferguson]. I have no problem with the boy. Much of his first campaign in charge passed off without major conflict - but there were rumblings of unrest with Real's star man as the season drew to a conclusion. Having beaten Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rey a week earlier - with Ronaldo heading the winner in Valencia - Real hosted their rivals in the Champions League semi-finals first leg.
Relations at Real Madrid between the pair first became strained towards the end of Mourinho's first season at the club Mourinho adopted a defensive approach but his plan failed, with a Lionel Messi double putting the visitors in command ahead of the return game. Ronaldo was not pleased and asked if he liked the kind of football Real played, he said: This is the way it is. We have a strategy. A need to co-operate While the pair were starting to have differences of opinions, they needed each other in order to be successful and both appeared to recognise that.
Agent Jorge Mendes, who represents both men, acted to bring them on to the same wavelength and succeeded in getting both Mourinho and Ronaldo to offer each other their backing publicly at various points.
That undoubtedly made for a less bumpy ride but did not smooth the road entirely and mediation only went so far.