Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo continue to earn praise for their impressive performances and achievements. Ireland coach Stephen Kenny has joined a host of other footballing personalities in paying tribute to the famous duo. However, the tactician refused to compare her to other football legends from the past.
According to Kenny, it is difficult to rank Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo against the likes of Pele and Diego Maradona because they have played in different eras.
“Right, that’s a tough question,” the Irish manager was quoted as saying.
“They are different eras, the game is evolving all the time. For me, in the past three years, football has evolved a lot tactically, and it is constantly evolving. But someone like Ronaldo is a few decades beyond, which is unbelievable.”
“As he ranks compared to so many greats across different eras, you can’t really say one is better than the other. It’s very hard to say who is the best: Maradona, Messi, Ronaldo. They are all great players. It’s great. A fun game to rank them up.”
Football has evolved a lot since the eras of Pele and Maradona. Stephen Kenny pointed out that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have a huge advantage as they now play with more protection than in the past.
“There were great players before Pele [Diego] Maradona had to endure before the law on yellow and red cards changed. What he had to endure—physical brutality—changes in laws depended on the way he was treated.”
“Messi and Ronaldo benefited greatly from that. They are now protected in such a way that any dangerous interference is an automatic red card.”
How have Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have performed so far this season
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both took important steps in their football careers this summer. The former left Juventus to decide a return to Manchester United, while the latter ended his 21-year association with Barcelona by joining Paris Saint-Germain.
CR7 wasted no time in making his impact, scoring nine goals for the Red Devils in 11 games in all competitions. Meanwhile, Leo experienced a slow start to life in Paris.
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The Argentine is still waiting for his first goal in the French league, although he has played five matches so far. However, he has scored three goals to his name in many Champions League matches so far.