AS Roma legend Francesco Totti believes football has lost some of its sentimentalism and romanticism but he is still smitten with FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Totti believes Lionel Messi is the best player on the planet regardless of Cristiano Ronaldo pulling level on five Ballons d’Or apiece this month.
Madrid’s double LaLiga and Champions League triumphs last season set Ronaldo up to snatch world football’s premier individual prize but Messi has additionally pioneered a naturally amazing trail.
The mercurial star inspired a 3-0 win for Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, with Ronaldo a large becalmed presence in the most recent edition of El Clasico.
Totti, who was likewise an adore figure amid his superb playing career at AS Roma that spread over three decades.
Despite the fact that he now sees occasions such as Neymar’s world- record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain as an example of football breaking disagreeably with its past, the former Azzurri forward is glad to marvel at the two football greats of this age.
“I really preferred the football of a long time ago. Today it is just crazy,” he said at the Dubai International Sports Conference.
“There are players like Ronaldo and Neymar, but Neymar is an example of this big price, it is too much to pay €250m for a player. This goes beyond reality.
“But Messi is number one, just don’t tell Cristiano!”