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'Cristiano Ronaldo easier to defend than Lionel Messi,' Claims Thiago Silva

Arjun Singh Devgan
Thiago Silva states that Lionel Messi is his toughest opponent
Thiago Silva states that Lionel Messi is his toughest opponent / NELSON ALMEIDA/GettyImages

Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva has given his view on the age old debate on who is tougher to face between footballing icons, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and he has no opinion on who is a more difficult player to come across.

Silva who is widely considered as one of the best defenders of his generation faced Ronaldo on Sunday, but before the game he opened up on the elite players he faced during his career including Messi and Neymar.

"The small difference is that Messi, with the ball in a one-on-one or a two-on-one, is difficult to stop. 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," he told ESPN.

"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 centre-back continues to excel despite being 37-years-old and has adapted brilliantly to the pace of the Premier League, playing a key role in Chelsea's Champions League triumph last season. Silva has so far made 48 appearances for the Blues and he will look to add the league title to his kitty, come the end of the campaign.