Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi Champions League final would be “perfect” says Steven Gerrard

Patriot games aside, Steven Gerrard has already set his heart on the Champions League final everyone wants to see. suffered a knee injury playing for Barcelona at the weekend that will keep him out of action for around seven weeks, while was thwarted in his pursuit of a 500th career goal by a rare case of Real Madrid’s Galacticos firing blanks. But , who admits Messi and Ronaldo were the only players who “scared” him because they were unstoppable, wants the ultimate El Clasico final at the San Siro in Milan next May. The former England captain believes we are witnessing an era comparable with Pele and Diego Maradona playing for bitter rivals and raising the bar to unprecedented heights. And after – three defeats out of four, with Chelsea the only winners in their opening group stage fixtures – Gerrard fears it may prove more than a blip for our crusaders in Europe. But if Premier League envoys on the continent come up short, Gerrard – now a pundit on BT Sport’s coverage of every game – already knows the final the whole world would like to watch. “We’re livingttacking options, Pedro’s minders have made contact about re-signing their former winger.The Spanish veteran is off contract in June and also has offers from Vissel Kobe and Sevilla, but a return to Barca is favoured.Sport says Barca management consi in an era where Messi and Ronaldo are taking forward play to a level we’ve never seen before,” said the LA Galaxy midfielder. “Choosing between them is like having to choose between Pele and Maradona, because they are recording numbers that are incredible — more than 800 goals in club football between them alone. “Years ago, a striker who scored 30 goals in a season in all competitions was recognised a world-class player, but these two are doubling that. “To split them is almost impossible. “If I was forced to pick one, I would probably go for Messi but that’s only because he’s slightly more of a team player – he might just provide more assists or final passes, but it would be 51 to 49 per cent in my mind. If that. “We are all blessed that we are seeing these two in the same era. “They are the only two opponents I’ve been afraid of in my career, because they are the only two who have been operating on a different planet to everyone else. The reason I was scared of them is because they are deadly in the final third of the pitch. “To sum him up in one word, Messi is a genius with the ball at his feet. “You often have to make an impossible choice – either you have to foul him or acontent_imgccept he’s going to go past you, and he scores goals from all angles. “Ronaldo is deadly from set-pieces, deadly in the air, scores from long-range right down to the six-yard box and he’s got a physique to die for. “Although they are both out of this world as talents, they are different – and that’s why it’s so fascinating trying to split them. “Any manager in the world can set up his team to stop these two, and it might not be enough. With the right tactics, every other mere mortal can be stopped, but more often than not you can’t keep Messi made his second appearance of the seasonin the 4-0 win over Standard Liege on Thursday.Bellerin has returned from a knee injury he sustained in January and believes the experience improved him as a footballer.He told BT Sport: “It’s one of the best or Ronaldo quiet. “I don’t think Messi has ever scored against Chelsea in the Champions League, and with a manager who is cagey enough to set his team up as a defensive unit they are probably the best-equipped English team to stop him right now. “We all want English clubs to do well. “After last season’s disappointing performance by our clubs in Europe I thought it was just a blip. But after three defeats out of four in the first week, maybe it’s more of a problem than I thought. RONALDO vs MESSI: THEIR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE STATS Appearances 120 100 Goals 81 77 Most goals in a season 17 (2013-14) 14 (2011-12) Hat-tricks 3 5 Final wins 2 4 “Now that I’m looking from outside England, even though I want our teams to win it, a Barcelona-Real Madrid final would be a phenomenal showpiece for everyone to enjoy. “I might be proved wrong, but I look at the records these lads are breaking and we may never see two incredible talents going head-to-head again. “We might see a single player emerge to become the world’s best, but to have a pair of them taking the game to new levels at rival clubs is a unique situation. “Enjoy them while you can because I would be surprised if their figures are ever repeated.” If it IS a Messi vs Ronaldo Champions League final, who will you want to win?0+ VOTES SO FAR * BT Sport is the home of Champions League football, showing every game exclusively live.

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