Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? It’s a question that has been debated for over a decade – and now avid football fan Piers Morgan has given his verdict on the topic.
The Juventus and Barcelona forwards have battled for the tag of greatest male footballer for some time, and have won five Ballon d’Ors each.
Recently Messi got one over Ronaldo when he won the UEFA Best Forward award over the Portuguese superstar but Ronaldo reminded the world of his undoubted ability while on international duty on Tuesday night.
Portugal captain Ronaldo took his international tally to 93 goals when he scored four times to give the European champions a 5-1 win away to Lithuania in their Euro 2020 qualifier.
And Good Morning Britain presenter Morgan, a huge Arsenal supporter, is in no doubt over who is the better of the two superstars.
He tweeted: “BREAKING: Cristiano scored 4 goals for Portugal tonight. People can argue about whether he or Messi is the greater player at club level (I’d take CR7 every time) but when it comes to international football, Ronaldo is indisputably the G.O.A.T.”
Morgan made the bold statement on social media after Ronaldo produced yet another blistering attacking display to lead Portugal to a huge win.
Playing in his 161st international, the 34-year-old notched his eighth hat-trick for his country and the 54th of his remarkable career to helping Portugal through what had threatened to turn into a frustrating evening.
Unheralded midfielder William Carvalho completed the rout in stoppage time as Portugal stayed second in Group B with eight points, five behind leaders Ukraine with one game in hand. Serbia is a further point behind in third after a 3-1 win in Luxemburg.
And team-mate Bernardo Silva was quick to praise Ronaldo, suggesting that Portugal are able to beat any opponent when they have their superstar on the pitch.
“When you have Ronaldo everything is easier,” said Manchester City midfielder Bernardo.
“For me, as a midfielder, it becomes easier because his movements are always good towards the goal. Just watch his movements and put the ball there, he does the rest.”