While speaking from the Etihad Stadium on the eve of the Italian national teams friendly worldwide against Argentina, legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon spoke about the differences between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In the build-up to the clash, the 40-year-old weighed in on the Messi vs Ronaldo debate.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are regarded as two of the greatest footballers of all-time considering their achievements as far as the round leather game is concerned.
Both are all-time leading goalscorers for Barca and Madrid respectively, having guided their teams to Spanish and European honours.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have each won the Ballon d'Or on five occasions, and there has been a fierce professional rivalry between the two players that has continued for several years.
" Ronaldo and Messi are two completely different players".
Di Biagio has a hard first game and the veteran keeper knows all about the quality of Argentina and particular Lionel Messi, who he has faced on many occasions throughout his career. "Compared to how he was before, Ronaldo preserves his energy more, so he no longer goes out to the flank for a nutmeg or trick-shot, but with one ball into the box, he can create a goal". Buffon was quoted to have told reporters by Goal.
Messi tops the La Liga goalscoring charts with 25 for leaders Barca this season, three ahead of Ronaldo.
Many expected Buffon's final Azzurri appearance to be his tears in November's failed World Cup play-off with Sweden, but he has been called up for these games.