Thiago Silva: Messi tougher to defend than Ronaldo

6 February 2018

Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva believes it is harder to defend against Barcelona star Lionel Messi than Real Madrid`s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi and Ronaldo have won a record five Ballon d`Or awards apiece, while the pair are the all-time leading goalscorers for their respective clubs.

But Silva – who is set to come up against Ronaldo and titleholders Madrid in the Champions League last 16 – spoke in favour of Messi.

It`s harder to defend against Leo Messi than Cristiano Ronaldo, Silva told Le10Sport. 

Cristiano deserved to win everything he`s won in his career. This year is a bit harder for him but it`s not over yet. He could still win the next Ballon d`Or.

The little difference between them is that Messi, with the ball, one on one, or even against two, is difficult to stop.

Silva added: They are both players who do incredible things, like Neymar, for example.

Ligue 1 leaders PSG will travel to Madrid`s Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg of their last-16 tie on February 14.

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