Thursday March 22 2018
Buffon: Messi v CR7

Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon sees Cristiano Ronaldo as more of a “killer in the penalty area,” whereas Leo Messi is “more complete.”

The age-old debate as to who is the best player in the world continues and Buffon was asked his view ahead of tomorrow’s friendly with Argentina.

He’ll take on CR7 next month in the Champions League quarter-final between Juventus and Real Madrid.

“They are two completely different players,” said Buffon in his Press conference.

“Messi is more complete, because he starts deeper, has more technical quality and a vision of the game that is worthy more of a trequartista than a finisher.

“Cristiano Ronaldo, perhaps because he is a little older, has become a killer in the penalty area. 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.”

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