After seeing firsthand Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent successes, Peter Crouch has suggested that his GOAT ruling could be changed from Lionel Messi to the Portuguese.
The way Cristiano Ronaldo continues to break “every single record”, his persistence and his incredible comeback at Manchester United have brought Peter Crouch into conflict.
The former Liverpool and Tottenham striker is an avowed “Lionel Messi man”. He has always rated the Argentine and his “genius” as the best that football has ever honored … at least until now.
After Ronaldo became the all-time international top scorer in the stands in Portugal this month and then scored twice in his home game against United on Saturday, Crouch is no longer so sure of his original GOAT ruling.
What did Crouch say?
“I’ve always been a Lionel Messi man. A gift from God. The balance, elegance and everything that goes with his genius is fascinating, ”Crouch wrote in his Daily mail Pillar.
“But we’ve now reached the stage where every single record is broken by the other man in the conversation. Possibly a change of heart, a change of sides, is imminent. Is it even allowed to cross this gap? What are the effects?
“Cristiano Ronaldo became the top scorer ever in men’s international football last week and I was fortunate to see this unfold with beer in hand and history in Portugal.
“I’ve always been a Lionel Messi man. A gift from God – the serenity and elegance of his game
“The Republic of Ireland kept him calm – he even missed a penalty – but then, bang, two incredible headers. Everyone there was in the presence of greatness and that’s what Manchester United bought.
“All those years ago, during his first term in office, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney told me that Ronaldo had promised to be the best player in the world. The United players would laugh at him.
“Showing that kind of confidence at such a young age, before accomplishing anything, was outrageous. Then to go and do it, following your words, is an amazing accomplishment. “
– Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) September 2, 2021
Messi had a divine right, Ronaldo worked
Crouch added, “I have often wondered about the single-mindedness that has made it [Ronaldo] one of the best to ever adorn our sport.
“It occurred to me that the relentless relentlessness of plundering hundreds of goals could be detrimental to the team because of his being so selfish in some ways. Shots from everywhere, Ronaldo. How will those around them react?
“But these fears have long since vanished because of its sheer consistency.
“Ronaldo was one of the first players to hire a personal chef. That was not the case back then. The attention to detail caught the eye and let him use his undeniable talent. Messi had a divine right, Ronaldo worked. Two different paths and we are lucky enough that their careers collided.