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Messi more charismatic than Ronaldo – Zambrott

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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

Diego Maradona

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

Maradona.

“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

opinion.”

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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