Ex-Argentina and Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez has gone on record to reveal the key difference between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Both men have won a plethora of major honours over the last decade on an individual and team basis, wowing audiences all over the world with their incredible exploits on the pitch.
During his time at Manchester United and Real Madrid, Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times, along with multiple domestic titles in England and Spain, not to mention managing to secure his place in Los Blancos history by finishing his spell at the club as their all-time record goalscorer.
Messi, on the other hand, has stayed loyal to Barcelona over the course of his illustrious career to date, after coming through the ranks at the Camp Nou at youth level.
The 31-year-old maestro is a four-time Champions League winner and a nine-time La Liga champion with the Blaugrana and is also the highest scoring player in the club’s history.
The two men have shared the coveted Ballon d’Or award equally with five wins apiece in the last 10 years, as the eternal debate over who is ultimately the best player in the game has rumbled on intensely among fans and experts in the background.
Tevez has tried to shed light on that discussion with his comments on Tuesday, stating that he can only see one thing that sets the two forwards apart from one another, as he told reporters: “Lionel Messi, I never saw him in the gym. I’ve never seen him train to stop the ball or those exercises.
“It is all natural to him, but on penalties he trained: first he did not take them and now he shoots them all at the corner.
“Cristiano always stopped in the gym after training: for him it is an obsession and, being the best in everything, he always arrived at work early.”
The former United striker went on to add that no matter how early he tried to report for club duty, Ronaldo – now plying his trade in Italy with Juventus – was always the first one through the doors.
“When the training was set for nine in the morning I arrived at eight and he was already there.
“Even if I arrived at 7:30 he was already there.
“I began to ask myself, ‘How can I get rid of this guy?’ So one day I arrived at six but he was already there! Sleepy, but he was there.”
Barcelona star Luis Suarez has admitted that he was surprised to see Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid in the summer but stressed that it makes little difference to his side.
While Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes the Portuguese star’s departure for €112m (£100m/$130) in the summer has drawn his side on a par with Real, Suarez has refused to jump to a similar conclusion.
The Uruguay international has admitted he did not see the deal coming but at the same time believes Los Blancos should be respected just as they always were.
“Obviously it came as a little surprise because of how good things had gone for him in Madrid, everything he had won there and how Madrid had helped him grow as a player,” he told ESPN.
“So it surprises you a bit, but that’s football for you. One day you can say that you are happy where you are and the next day things may change. It’s a decision which must be respected, it was taken for a reason.
“But we are in the Spanish league and we’re competing against Real Madrid, Atletico, Sevilla, Valencia, Villarreal and all the other teams.
“We’re not competing against one player. One player can make a difference or can make a team better, but the reality is that we expect to be playing against the best Madrid possible, against the best Atletico and against the best teams and players.”
The former Liverpool man spoke of the pressure experienced at a top club and said that it can be difficult to find time to enjoy individual successes.
“It’s not that Barcelona players feel a lot of pressure, but being at Barcelona limits the possibility of enjoying the match you won on Sunday because on Wednesday you already have another one,” he confessed.
“And if on Wednesday you win a Champions League semi-final or a quarter-final, you can’t enjoy it because on Saturday or Sunday you have another game. It is the continuous pressure that you put on yourself to perform at an elite level.
“In the long run, you start to remember the good times. But many times you’re unable to enjoy the moment itself because you are competing at the top level of the game. But it’s also nice to live with that pressure because it enables you to live through incredible moments.”
Suarez expects to be back in action this weekend for Barca when they face Real Sociedad on Saturday
Everton striker Sandro Ramirez has joined Real Sociedad on a season-long loan.
Sandro endured a difficult start to life at Everton after joining from Malaga last summer, scoring just one goal in 15 total appearances for the Toffees.
The striker went on loan to Sevilla in January, where he failed to score in 18 total appearances.
After failing to make an appearance for Everton in their first three Premier League games, the 23-year-old has opted for a move back to La Liga.
Prior to joining Everton, Sandro scored 16 goals in 31 appearances for Malaga in the 2016-17 season.