Former FIFA Player of the Year and AC Milan legend Ricardo Kaka has chosen Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi as his Greatest of all time player (GOAT) over ex-Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Argentina international and Portugal skipper have dominated world football over the past 12 years, winning 11 of the Ballons d’Or in that time with Messi claiming six and Ronaldo five.
Kaka moves to Santiago Bernabeu the same summer as former Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United star leave Old Trafford for the Spanish capital in 2009.
The Brazilian and Ronaldo played alongside for season with Real Madrid but the 37-year-old who announced his retirement on 17 December 2017, after turning down offers from former clubs Sao Paulo and AC Milan still ranks Barcelona captain Messi above his perennial rival.
“I played with Cristiano and he’s really amazing, but I’ll go with Messi,” Kaka said during an Instagram Live video.
“He’s a genius, a pure talent. The way he plays is incredible. Cristiano is a machine. It’s not just the way he’s strong, powerful and fast; he’s strong mentally.
“He always wants to win and play. To be the best. For me, that’s the most incredible thing he has. In the history of the sport, they [Messi and Cristiano] are definitely in the top five. We are very lucky to have been able to see both of them.”
Messi is currently narrowly leading Ronaldo in the career goalscoring stakes with 627 in 718 games compared to 626 goals in 838 outings for Ronaldo.