A statement by Sir Alex Ferguson on the Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi debate from 2015 is being proven right six years later after both players moved clubs in the summer.
Ronaldo, who Ferguson brought to England in 2003 when he signed him for Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon, has scored four goals in three matches since returning to Old Trafford this summer.
Meanwhile, Messi has yet to register a goal or an assist for Paris Saint-Germain after leaving Barcelona this summer after 21 years at the club.
Ferguson had previously implied that he thought Messi could only achieve the numbers he has playing for Barcelona.
Speaking to legendary former snooker player John Parrott in 2015, Ferguson discussed the Ronaldo vs Messi debate.
"People say who is the best player in the world? And plenty of people quite rightly say Messi – you can't dispute that opinion.
"But Ronaldo could play for Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, Doncaster Rovers… anyone, and score a hat-trick in a game. [But] I'm not sure Messi could do it.
“I think Messi is a Barcelona player, you know what I mean?”
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Having returned to United this summer after 12 years away, Ronaldo has scored four times in his first three games back to take his total for the club to 122 goals in 295 appearances.
This comes after he tallied 450 goals in 437 matches with Real Madrid before going on to score 101 times for Juventus during three seasons in Italy.
However, his great rival Messi has failed to hit the ground running after joining PSG on a free transfer after over two decades in Spain.
He has failed to register a goal contribution in his first three appearances for the Parisiens against Stade de Reims, Club Brugge and Lyon.
This comes after he scored a staggering 672 goals in 778 appearances for Barcelona.
Although it is early days for Messi in France, so far this season the statistics are proving Ferguson right six years on from his verdict in the Ronaldo v Messi debate.
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