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Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Joe Cole names one as ‘the best in the world’

Cole had no doubts that Messi would succeed with PSG, and his latest piece of brilliance only confirmed for the Englishman that the Argentine is the greatest player on the planet, ahead of Ronaldo.

Former England and Chelsea star Joe Cole has firmly sided with Lionel Messi in the long-running debate over who is the better player of him and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night in stunning style as he curled an effort from outside the box into the top corner in PSG’s 2-0 win over Man City.

Injury had caused the 34-year-old to have an underwhelming first few weeks with his new club, but he put that behind him with the superb goal at the Parc des Prince in the Champions League.

Cole had no doubts that Lionel Messi would succeed with PSG, and his latest piece of brilliance only confirmed for the Englishman that the Argentine is the greatest player on the planet, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

‘It was only a matter of time, it was a beautiful goal,’ Cole told BT Sport of Messi’s strike against the Premier League champions. ‘He was going to turn up in a big game against Man City.

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‘You still get some people saying, “would he be able to do it in England?” Well he’s scored goals against the best team in England at the moment.

‘What he does so well…to do that at that pace, he’s being leant on, and to get a nice connection and reverse it into the top corner is unbelievable

‘For me he’s still the greatest, still the best in the world, I’m just so excited to see what he can do with this PSG team.’

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola described his former Barcelona player as ‘unstoppable’ after watching Messi fire past goalkeeper Ederson in Paris.

‘We dealt with PSG first of all, but we know it’s impossible to control Leo for 90 minutes,’ Guardiola said.

‘He was not much in touch with the ball – of course he was coming back from injury, he needed a bit of rhythm – but we know quite well when he can run and get close to the ball, he is unstoppable.’

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