Cristiano Ronaldo’s biggest fans won’t enjoy this one. Chelsea’s Thiago Silva is convinced Lionel Messi is the harder attacker to defend against.
Thiago Silva has met both iconic superstars in the UEFA Champions League as well as in international games, the 36-year-old should therefore really know what he is talking about.
So who is harder to stop between Messi and Ronaldo according to Silva? And why?
"The small difference is that Messi, with the ball in a one-on-one or a two-on-one, is difficult to stop," the Brazil star explained to ESPN.
"With Ronaldo, I am not saying that it is easy, but one player can mark and the other can monitor – doing that gives you more security at the back.
"However, Messi and Ronaldo are both players capable of incredible things – like Neymar.
"I believe, though, that it is harder to defend against Messi than it is against Ronaldo,” the Brazilian concluded.
Meanwhile, Thiago might be given a rest as the Blues take on Brentford in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.