Having played alongside Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and against Lionel Messi, former Manchester United forward believes no footballer is superior or better than the Argentine, not even his old teammate at Old Trafford.
“Messi is the f***ing greatest. Ronaldo is brilliant, Messi more my kind of player,” the Bulgarian told ‘ESPN FC’. He insisted Messi is miles ahead of the Real Madrid star: “He sees the game so clearly. He can score, create, he’s the complete player, the best ever probably,” he added.
“If you ask someone older than me they will say Pele, Maradona or Puskas or Di Stefano. But for my generation, it’s Messi or Ronaldo. They’re pretty much even, but something with Messi makes me shout ‘Messi! Messi!’ when I watch Barcelona on television.”
Berbatov also talked about the Portuguese striker’s dedication and sacrifice: “Young players attempt and imitate the best players like Ronaldo. They try to mimic the hair, the cars, skills and tricks. I reveal to them how hard Cristiano Ronaldo trained in training and other workouts after training. He only wanted to be the best. Everything else came after.”