Lionel Messi and Ronaldo’s rivalry continues to develop, regardless of the Portugal worldwide leaving Actual Madrid for Juventus again in the summertime.

For over a decade, the talk as to who’s the best has rumbled on with each gamers successful the Ballon d’Or between them yearly since Kaka scooped the prize again in 2007.

Cristiano Ronaldo has appeared to edge forward in that regard in latest instances, successful the Champions League 4 instances within the final 5 years.

However, with Messi persevering with to re-write historical past at Barcelona, the Argentina worldwide continues to be capable of preserve tempo.

BBC Sport journalist Horncastle, although, believes Messi’s passing capability places him on a special degree.

“One of many issues that, for me, has at all times separated Messi from Cristiano is that passing capability,” he informed BBC Radio 5 Dwell’s Soccer Each day podcast.

“That imaginative and prescient, that creativeness that he has with the ball.

“You have a look at a few of the assists that he has arrange through the years, only a exceptional soccer mind.

“An consciousness of area and place that I feel is totally out of the unusual.”

Horncastle additionally believes Messi has surpassed all greats of the sport – together with Ronaldo.

“I feel, for that, you’ll be exhausting pressed to search out anybody who wouldn’t be saying that they think about Messi to be, not solely the most effective participant on this planet in the intervening time, however the most effective participant of all time, eclipsing Di Stefano, eclipsing Pele. Simply due to that consistency that he’s had over a decade now,” he mentioned.

“I discovered it staggering, I used to be in dialogue in Milan final weekend about a few of the ex-players that had been round on the San Siro.

“There was Kaka, it’s exceptional to assume that Kaka was the final participant not named Ronaldo and Messi to win the Ballon d’Or, as a result of that’s an extended, very long time in the past now.

“To carry out on the degree, to maintain reinventing your self is simply staggering.”

Ronaldo is subsequent in motion when Juventus go up towards Spal subsequent Saturday (5pm).

Messi, in the meantime, is primed to characteristic when Barcelona face Atletico Madrid on the identical day (7.45pm).

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