Messi more charismatic than Ronaldo – Zambrott
The former Italy defender says he could see the
Argentine was “in another league” when he
arrived at Barcelona in 2006 and reminds him of
Former Juventus, AC Milan and Barcelona
defender Gianluca Zambrotta says both Lionel
Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are “extraordinary
players”, but believes his former team-mate is
more charismatic than the Real Madrid forward.
Zambrotta spent two seasons at Camp Nou
between 2006 and 2008 and admits he knew
instantly that Messi was something special.
“I arrived in Barcelona in 2006 and Messi was still
young,” he told Goal at the Eracle Sports Centre in
Como. “But his talent was immediately clear, he
was in another league – he was already effective
and decisive. He is very simple as a person and
effective on the pitch.”
The World Cup-winning defender also admires the
talents of Ronaldo, but believes Messi plays with a
charisma comparable to Argentina legend Diego
“Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are both
extraordinary players,” he said. “They are able to
score 60 to 70 goals per season each. However,
they’re pretty different from each other, with
different skills and characteristics.
“Probably Messi is more a player that can solve a
game at any time. Ronaldo does as well, but Messi
has more of the charisma of Maradona, in my
Zambrotta, who won only the Supercopa de
Espana in his time at Barca, hopes the Catalan
club will win La Liga this season but says he will
also be content if his former coach Carlo Ancelotti
can claim the title with Real.
“It will be a great fight with Real, Barca and
Atletico,” he said. “I support Barcelona, I played
there two years, but on the other hand I’d be glad
for Ancelotti if Real Madrid won.
“Ancelotti is a good coach and he has always
brought results wherever he has worked. In
Madrid he is working with a very strong team, but
he has proved he has a special relationship with
the Champions League.
“He’s a great coach also in the way he handles the
dressing room, with all those great champions.”
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