Why Xavi believes the rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi push each other to give best performance?
Barcelona legend Xavi trusts that the competition in the middle of Ronaldo and Messi push one another to give the best performance, he doesn’t trust previous Blaugrana fellow team member Lionel Messi would have turned into the player he is today if Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo had not been around. The two world superstars Ronaldo and Messi could go head to head in Saturday’s El Clasico in the middle of Barca and Real, despite the fact that it is not yet ensured that Messi will be sufficiently fit to begin. Xavi, now playing for Qatari outfit Al Sadd, demands Lionel Messi is the best player ever, yet he acknowledged Cristiano Ronaldo for having immense influence in pushing the Argentine to that level.
“Messi emerges as the best at the best time ever. Yet, he wouldn’t be as great without Ronaldo. He wouldn’t have won each one of those Ballons d’Or. Also, I don’t think Ronaldo would have won every one of them as well. They push one another. The rivalry between the two is that while they’re both extraordinary goalscorers, Messi is a great deal more included in the play of the team.”
Xavi, 35, withdrew the Camp Nou toward the end of last season after a sparkling senior profession with the club that crossed 17 seasons. He saw Messi advance from a capable La Masia graduate to a four-time Ballon d’Or champ. The Spaniard will be incredibly missed from the weekend’s Clasico at the Bernabeu. It will be the first in well over 10 years that won’t include him or companion Iker Casillas. Then again, it will be a match pressed with quality, and could be critical in choosing the inevitable result of the 2015-16 La Liga title race.