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Gary Neville hounded by ‘weird Lionel Messi fans’ after Sky Sports pundit picks Man Utd star in GOAT debate

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GARY NEVILLE has been pressured to defend himself after selecting Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi as the best footballer of all time.

The former Manchester United skipper and now Sky Sports pundit made the decision on Monday Night Football.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are two of essentially the most adorned footballers in historical pastCredit: AFP
Gary Neville made the comments on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football
Gary Neville made the feedback on Sky Sports’ Monday Night FootballCredit: Sky Sports

His feedback instantly drew criticism from co-host Jamie Carragher, who threw his weight behind Messi’s declare to be the best.

And now Neville has discovered himself underneath fireplace on social media as Messi followers soar in on the debate.

In a name for calm, Neville tweeted: “You can select Messi, you may also select Ronaldo.

“Neither opinion will be seen as incorrect on account of them each reaching greatness and the comparisons in stats so comparable.

“What style of football you like can be the difference. However I’ve got some weird Messi fans on my timeline!”

Neville performed with Ronaldo in the course of the Portuguese’s first stint at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009.


And after Ronaldo marked his return to the Red Devils with two objectives in opposition to Newcastle, Neville hailed him as “the greatest footballer that has ever lived”.

The pundit weighed into the hotly contested debate forward of Monday’s broadcast of Everton and Burnley.

He stated: “I’ve all the time ignored the Ronaldo and Messi query, it is a bit of a fantasy and each have to be loved.

“I used to be requested this morning by a gentleman who was driving me in: If you might decide any participant in historical past to return off the bench and win you a sport, who wouldn’t it be?

“It would absolutely be Cristiano Ronaldo. I do think he’s the greatest football player that has ever lived. That is not a bias.

“Messi is a ridiculous participant who’s scored an obscene quantity of objectives. It’s extremely comparable (on the stats) other than the wrong-footed objectives, the headers, and the penalties.

“That takes me to a degree whereby he is extra full in phrases of an important a part of the sport.

“What tips me is the international record, the most goals of all-time, and the five Champions Leagues with worse teams than Messi’s.”

Like Messi’s followers on Twitter, Carragher was not satisfied and as a substitute made the case for the Argentina ahead.

He stated: “Ronaldo will not be the best participant of all time. I’m going to say it is his mate right here (Messi).

“It does not matter how a ball goes in the online, Messi has extra objectives than Ronaldo. Messi can also be a playmaker, he can run a sport, Ronaldo cannot do this.”

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