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Davids: Messi is an anomaly but Ronaldo just an athlete

Former Barcelona midfielder Edgar Davids has described Lionel Messi as “an anomaly” and Cristiano Ronaldo as “just an athlete” after tipping the Argentina star to land the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or.

Davids, speaking to FIFA.com after Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar were named as the final three nominees on Monday, believes Messi has a God-given talent which sets him apart from the others.

The Dutchman said: “Messi is just an anomaly, he can dribble, he can score, he can pass, he has the vision, he understands the game…

“Ronaldo is just an athlete. He works so hard and back to back, he is always there.

“But if you work hard can you be like Messi? No, that’s impossible.

“Can you be like Ronaldo? Yes, to a certain extent.”

Asked if Neymar was ready to replace Messi and Ronaldo – the pair have shared the last seven Ballons d’Or – at the pinnacle of world football, Davids added: “No, he is not ready, [but] he is almost there.”

Mon 30 Nov, 2015
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  1. Jeffrey says:

    That’s cool. Messi is an extraordinary player.

  2. Jeffreysjb says:


  3. Jack says:

    I am surprised a soccer player is making such an unprofessional comment.Messi may be skillful,but Ronaldo being an athlete.would excel Messi at any time.You can’t simply rely on your skills alone without athletectic prowess.

  4. Afam says:

    I agree wit Edgar Davids.Messi is something out of dis world, very abnormal n extraordinary, close to being angelic.Ronaldo n Neymar re good players

  5. Zilla says:

    I concur with Davids, Messi is exceptional while CR7 is training made player which anyone can be depending on the level of commitment

  6. Cr7 is world best ever. Messi just had the lucky to win the Ballon d’ Or because of Barcelona completement. Let him go to another club and win it like Rolando @man Real Madrid.

  7. id3g says:

    understand! you cab ronaldo but not MESSI

  8. festus ifeanyi says:

    messi forever

  9. ken undertaker says:

    messi is the best

  10. Adamsmith says:

    messi is ecceptional,and a different spechy from planet earth.

  11. Mathew says:

    I agree with edgar..messi a more gifted player than ronaldo.

  12. Pls follows soccer lovers let us read David speech critically n analys it very well. If someone is God gifted u can work hard to be wit him but u can’t, CR7 is a good player n best too no one can disagree wit that but when it come to him n Messi, I would go for Messi becose he has natural skill n very mistakes he made it turned to be skills by nature. Due to the hard work of CR7, God being so loving, He always award him( CR7) for his work

  13. Manuel Chris Ogar says:

    I agree totally with Edgar. With respect to football, Messi belongs to another planet. Ronaldo is so good but so unfortunate to be Messi’s contemporary. Worse for him he’s older, implying that he could leave the scene before Messi.

  14. kruzschak says:

    if messi move to premier legue,, he will not become “superman” again,, premier legue so hard for messy to play there… but cr7 can become star player,, any team,, any legue and any team mates..

  15. ISIBEDA127 says:

    No doubt the 2 are damn it -‘phenomenal’. But everywhere anyday, Messi stands taller. Perhaps, we could say CR7 is manual while Messi is automatic.

  16. Gady says:

    Cr7 is always his submission that make him the best plus his commitment n hard to the game but for messi is uncomparable no one will ever compete on his place ,its natural for him God’s gift never to train to attain bt skills are ever in his minds n blood…messi is extraordinary player….

  17. Eric Wave says:

    Messi is genius he can go to another club and change the way they play to be more focused and accurate as he did in Brazil world cup with Argentina.Ronaldo with Portugal could not influence players to perfom better ,instead he wants to be better than everyone.
    Messi i the best…
    Ronaldo is good…

  18. Eben says:

    100+% agreed wd E. Davids. Leo Messi, ‘exceptional.’ ‘I can easily b like CR7 by hard and a consistent training in no much tym. Be like “LEO the football MESAIA”, waste of tym. If not given from above, one can’t simply do it, as JESUS said. ‘Leo, hahaa!! if u can’t beat him, simply join him’

  19. uche says:

    messiless- messi…He remains the best.very humble to the core nd skillfully. His pattern of futball is attractive. …asper cr7, he is a gud footballer nd very arrogant to the core…..

  20. uche says:

    messiless- messi…He remains the best.very humble to the core nd skillfully. His pattern of futball is attractive. …asper cr7, he is a gud footballer nd very arrogant to the core….yes o!!

  21. Moe says:

    i think they both suck and petr crouch is best

  22. jacobs says:

    Davids very correct….Messi’s talent is simply extraordinary….a full package with all the natural attributes of a genius….does it need some one to go to some other league to prove your talent.? Look at wht Ibrahamovic is doing at PSG….he is simply talented & in my opinion more endeared with talent than CR7 or Neymar

  23. Buzybee-the1 says:

    4 me I think this debate should be put on bed,cz is the GOAT,but based on form at the moment suarez is the worlds best player

  24. arjun says:

    your love make me strong…your hate make me unstoppable – cr7

  25. John says:

    Messi is not an anomaly. There is nothing he has done that hasn’t been done before. An anomaly would suggest he can’t be replicated but Ronaldo not just replicates him but outperforms him on every level. An anomaly is inexplicable but Messi is very explicable.

    If Messi hadn’t taken HGH, he wouldn’t be where he is. If Messi hadn’t practiced, like all athletes do, he wouldn’t be here. Messi has put in a lot of hours to get his skills. There’s nothing inexplicable about him. It’s not all talent where he just wakes up and goes to play. Pure garbage trying to make a bigger legend out of the 2nd best player in the world. Bo Jackson was an anomaly. Messi is not.

  26. Akins says:

    Messi is good Ronaldo is better, nothing Messi has done that Ronaldo has not done before him or same time with him, having better players with u and strugling to get things done is not the same, playing with different teams in different leagues cannot be compared with someone having all professional experience in a club, dont forget Ronaldo met Messi in laliga but records of CR7 are more in laliga than Messi. As at today CR7 is the highest scorer both in champions league and Laliga so appreciate the man that works and people see his effort always. Pls standing ovation to the goal getter CR7

  27. kevin says:

    Femi you totally wrong ,when Xavi and Iniesta was at the best everyone said messi will be nothing without them ,Xavi gone now and Iniesta not what he used to be yet Messi stil stands tall
    Messi makes players around him better not the other way around ,any team messi plays for will be the best team in the world

  28. GYaki says:

    Honestly Davids is right

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