Messi’s a genius and Ronaldo’s a modern
Former Real Madrid attacking midfielder Kaká was unstinting in his praise for Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in an interview with the Algerian sports magazine Le Buteur. This was the Orlando City man’s take on Ronaldo and Messi: “It’s true that Messi and Cristiano are phenomenal players. Messi is a genius and Ronaldo is a sort of icon of modern football… both have undoubtedly defined their generation. They’re sporting greats”.
What makes Cristiano special: “He is a strong player, is good with both his right and left foot, with his head and from set pieces, and that is why I say he is the embodiment of modern football”.
On his time at Real Madrid: “You can’t call it a failure. Obviously it was a different experience to what it was like in Milan, but at the end of the day I scored 29 goals in 120 appearances over four years and we won three trophies”.
“What I lacked was a regular run of football because of injuries and also because of the coach’s decisions. Still, you can’t say that I failed. What’s more, I can proudly say that I spent four years at a great club in Real Madrid”.