Mason Greenwood picks Messi over Ronaldo despite star’s iconic Man Utd status

The continuing debate as to who is the greatest footballer of all time out of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has been stoked again after Manchester United's Mason Greenwood gave his opinion on the matter.

For England winger Greenwood there is no debate as to who is the best player in the history of the sport but he can appreciate the skill, talent and success of both superstars.

However, he confirmed in a recent Q&A session that for him it is impossible to look beyond the achievements and ability of Argentinian magician Messi.

Speaking to MUTV, Greenwood stated that "for me, it's always got to be Messi. For me, he's just on another planet.

"Ronaldo is obviously amazing, a physical, great athletic footballer. But to do what Messi does at his size, what he's done for Barcelona and winning that trophy for Argentina, he is just on another level."

As mentioned by Greenwood, Messi recently won his first major international trophy with Argentina as they lifted the Copa America for the first time since 1993.

Messi won the player of the tournament and finished as joint top scorer with four goals in seven games as he won an international title in his fifth final.

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He now matches Ronaldo's international haul after the Portuguese forward captained his nation to the European Championship title back in 2016.

There was no international success for Greenwood this summer, however, after he was ruled out of the Euros due to injury having made Gareth Southgate's provisional squad.

Greenwood had won his solitary England cap in September against Iceland and finished the season with 12 goals for United in 52 appearances.

The United academy graduate also heaped praise on Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo, admitting that he was a fan of his signature step over.

"It's my favourite skill move. I used to watch the Brazilian Ronaldo, as he would always pull one out on the goalkeepers and defenders.

"I used to practice at the parks and stuff and used to do it in training sessions, then that would lead on to games. And, now, it's just stuck with me, it's a little skill move that I practice."

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