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Lionel Messi Harder to Defend Against Than Cristiano Ronaldo, Says Former German International Arne Friedrich

Ali Shibil Roshan
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi / David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi is harder to defend against than Cristiano Ronaldo, according to former German international Arne Friedrich.

Ronaldo and Messi are two of the greatest footballers ever to play the game, with the duo having been at the top of the sport for more than a decade now.

Both the players have not slowed down yet, with Messi still the main man at Barcelona and the Argentine national team, and Ronaldo at Juventus and Portugal.

Friedrich has played against both Messi and Ronaldo in his career, and the former Hertha Berlin defender said the Argentine was harder to defend against. "I was able to play against both Messi and Ronaldo," Friedrich told Goal and SPOX.

"If I had to commit myself to one, it would be Messi. He has a different centre of gravity, Ronaldo is more my size. Both are at the same level, but Messi was harder to defend for me because he had a different style of play."

Friedrich was also asked to name the greatest players he has had the pleasure of sharing a dressing room with, and he said: "Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Miroslav Klose.

"In terms of football, you don't have to say anything about any of the three. For me, they were the best in terms of footballers that we had in my time – and in the case of Toni, they still have him.

"Off the pitch, they were all on my wavelength. Klose is a very reserved, down-to-earth, wonderful person who was a world-class striker. He wasn't a typical footballer, but very withdrawn and always friendly – and also a keen angler!

"[Kroos and Lahm] are heavily involved in [helping] society. They're people I enjoyed spending time with."