Manchester United star Mason Greenwood explains why he rates Lionel Messi above Cristiano Ronaldo

Man Utd star Mason Greenwood has picked Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo (Pictures: Getty)

Manchester United star Mason Greenwood has explained why he rates Lionel Messi above Cristiano Ronaldo.

Two of the greatest players in history, Messi and Ronaldo have shared 11 of the last 13 Ballon d’Or awards, and won nine Champions Leagues between them.

Messi has also claimed ten La Liga titles during his astonishing 17-year career at Barcelona, where he has scored an extraordinary 672 goals in 778 matches.

The 34-year-old added yet another accolade to his incredible CV earlier in the month after leading Argentina to Copa America glory.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, has won a number of titles in England with Manchester United, Spain with Real Madrid and Italy with Juventus.

The 36-year-old, who has scored 674 goals in 896 club matches, also helped Portugal win the European Championships in 2016. He is set to break the record for the most international goals scored after equalling Ali Daei’s record during Euro 2020.

Which player is the greatest is an ongoing debate but Manchester United and England forward Greenwood cannot look past Messi.

Messi helped Argentine win the Copa America earlier this month (Picture: AFP)

In a Q&A with MUTV, Greenwood said: ‘For me, it’s always got to be Messi. For me, he’s just on another planet.

‘Ronaldo is obviously amazing, a physical, great athletic footballer. But to do what Messi does at his size, what he’s done for Barcelona and winning that trophy for Argentina, he is just on another level.’

Messi and N’Golo Kante – who starred during Chelsea’s Champions League triumph last season – are the two frontrunners to win this year’s Ballon d’Or award.

But Kante’s Chelsea teammate Jorginho, who recently helped Italy win Euro 2020, feels he too should be in the mix.

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‘We live for dreams,’ the midfielder told SportTV. ‘But I’ll be honest enough: it depends on the criteria that lead to assigning it.

‘If we walk about talent, I’m aware that I’m not the best in the world. If you choose based on titles, well, no one has won more than me this season.

‘How will I compare myself to [Lionel] Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar? They have completely different characteristics, but again, it depends on the criteria.’

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