Messi or Ronaldo? Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard & Gary Lineker on best ever debate

The pundits of BT Sport have this evening provided their takes on the debate surrounding the greatest player of all-time, after another stunning performance from Cristiano Ronaldo during Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash with Juventus.

Matchup

Last season’s Champions League finalists went head to head in Turin, with hosts Juve having come into proceedings on the back of a crucial 3-1 victory over AC Milan in Serie A at the weekend.

Real, meanwhile, rested several stars for their La Liga meeting with Las Palmas on Saturday, though Zinedine Zidane’s men nevertheless emerged with a comfortable 3-0 win.

Teams

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While a tight affair was predicted by many at the Allianz Stadium, the tie was blown wide open with just 3 minutes on the clock, as all-time Champions League top-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo added yet another strike to his frankly-ridiculous tally in Europe’s top-tier competition:

Stunning

Juventus grew into proceedings as the half wore on, with Gonzalo Higuain and Giorgio Chiellini both having had huge chances to level things up, but it was Ronaldo’s goal that separated the sides at the interval.

The second-half saw Paulo Dybala also go within inches of equalizing with a deflected free-kick, before Cristiano Ronaldo once again stepped up to produce one of the greatest goals in Champions League history.

Watch, and enjoy, below:

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Marcelo went on to put the tie firmly to bed a short time after Ronaldo’s second, getting on the end of a gorgeous, flowing Real move to dink a perfect finish over Gianluigi Buffon.

The GOAT

In the aftermath of the clash, inevitably, the debate surrounding the greatest player of all-time has come to the fore online once again, with fans, journalists and pundits alike continuing to pit tonight’s match-winner, Ronaldo, against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

The subject was analysed in the BT Sport studio a short time ago, with all of Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard imploring with lovers of the game to simply enjoy the work of two of the finest to ever step foot on a pitch, rather than waste time arguing over who is superior:

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