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Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo – from a referee’s standpoint

May 06, 2018 12:36 IST
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Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo – the debate over which of the two players is better is one that will rage on even long after their playing days are over. However, how do the two compare to one another as far as their on-field behavior? Former La Liga referee Itturalde Gonzalez shared his thoughts on the two football mega-stars. “Messi is a delight to referee. A gentleman. 100 percent fair play,” said Gonzalez. He also defends Ronaldo from diving allegations. “Tell me an attacking player who isn’t theatrical. It’s not because it’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Strikers know they will be touched and they try and induce challenges for penalties.” The two superstars will come face to face in the league again when FC Barcelona host Real Madrid in what is sure to be a feisty ‘El Clasico. Video courtesy – Perform.