‘For the love of football’: Mario Balotelli pleads with fans to no longer compare Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo after Barcelona forward’s masterclass in semi-final first leg win over Liverpool
- Mario Balotelli asks fans to stop comparing Cristiano Ronaldo to Lionel Messi
- They are considered the greatest of all time but Balotelli insists there’s only one
- The Argentine scored an emphatic brace against Liverpool on Wednesday night
- Messi scored his 599th and 600th goals in first leg 3-0 win of their semi-final tie
For the past decade now, the debate over who is the greatest footballer of all time continues to divide opinion.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are often regarded as the two leading candidates in the argument and some football fans usually pick a side rather than appreciating both for what they are.
While Messi and Ronaldo are the most prolific goalscorers the game has ever seen, each boast different qualities that set them apart from each other.
Mario Balotelli has demanded that fans stop comparing Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo
The Marseille forward applauded Messi for his brilliant brace against Liverpool on Wednesday
However, following the Barcelona forward’s incredible display against Liverpool on Wednesday evening, Marseille’s Italian forward Mario Balotelli insists that the comparisons between the two players need to stop.
After bagging his 600th career goal with a sublime free kick against Liverpool, Balotelli heaped huge amounts of praise on the Barcelona talisman.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘For the love of football please do not compare him to the No 7 of Juventus anymore!’
Balotelli asked fans on Instagram to ‘not compare him (Messi) to the No 7 of Juventus anymore’
The Argentine forward scored his 600th career goal with a sublime free kick against Liverpool
Messi was unstoppable during against the Reds and was labelled as ‘the best of all time’
Incredibly, Juventus’ Portuguese star reached his 600th career goal just days earlier after equalising against Inter Milan last week.
Both Messi and Ronaldo have both awarded five Ballon d’Ors each and have won a huge haul of trophies in their respective careers.
One thing is for certain, it will be a sad day when either of these two superstars decide to call it quits from the beautiful game.