The former Real Madrid left-back has offered his opinion that the Portuguese forward is a more influential player than his Argentine counterpart
Roberto Carlos believes Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is a more decisive player than Barcelona ace Lionel Messi.
Along with Bayern Munich and Germany international goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, the Liga pair have been shortlisted as the final three nominees for the Fifa Ballon d’Or award which will be announced in January.
The 41-year-old, who played 527 games for los Blancos between 1996 and 2007, has shown his support for the star of his former club by indicating that he feels he is more influential than the Argentine forward.
“Cristiano Ronaldo remains the best in the world, and Messi is doing what others have failed to,” Roberto Carlos said to Onda Cero. “He is breaking records, but Cristiano is more decisive than him.”
The Portuguese star will feature in the Club World Cup final against Argentine side San Lorenzo in Morocco on Saturday and the ex-Madrid left-back spoke about the importance of the fixture in his native continent, while also praising Carlo Ancelotti’s side as the top team on the planet.
“For the South Americans this title has the same importance as the Champions League. Madrid is the best team in the world.”
Roberto Carlos is currently coach of Turkis side Sivasspor and won two Intercontinental Cups while playing for the Spanish side.