Is Lionel Messi stronger than Cristiano Ronaldo

David Beckham: Lionel Messi is clearly better than Cristiano Ronaldo

Who is the best footballer in the world?

This question has split fans around the world into two camps for more than a decade. Some stick to Barça superstar Lionel Messi, others to Cristiano Ronaldo.

What does David Beckham (44), himself one of the best kickers in history, say? CR7 is unlikely to like his answer ...

The 115-time England international clearly chooses Messi!

Beckham: “As a player, he's in a class of his own. It is impossible that there is a second like him. ”Together with Ronaldo, Messi is“ far above the rest ”, but Ronaldo is“ not at his level ”.

Did it matter that the 44-year-old gave this clear answer to the Argentine newspaper “Telam”, so that Messi practically enjoyed a “home game”?

Either way: Many fans will take note of Beckham's words with displeasure - especially Beckham's supporters and also Ronaldo's ex-clubs Manchester United and Real Madrid. There, of course, the Ronaldo admirers are in the majority.

David Beckham, now president of the US club Inter Miami FC, played for United until 2003, then moved to Los Blancos, in 2007 he went to L.A. Galaxy as a kind of ambassador for Europe in Major League Soccer. He was loaned to AC Milan twice (2009 and 2010) before moving to PSG in 2013 - and ending his career there after half a season.

For more than a decade, Messi and Ronaldo have shared the world football title almost exclusively between themselves (exception: Luka Modric 2018). The Argentine has won the race six times, CR7 five times in total. David Beckham finished second in the 1999 Ballon d'Or award - behind the Brazilian Rivaldo.