Ex Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel has come out to react to the Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi debate. He recently had his say while speaking to the press, and fans have been reacting.
According to him, he is a Messi fan who does not understand the comparison with Ronaldo because it is clear that the Argentine forward is from a different planet.
Mikel added that it is impossible to defend one-v-one against Messi since he would always find a way.
His words, “I’m a Messi fan. When we played against [Manchester] United when Cristiano was there we knew Ash (Ashley Cole) would deal with him. He is capable of dealing with him. I know the comparison is there but because I’ve played against both and Messi was close to me when we played against them. But for me, and I’m not going to say miles because of what Cristiano has done as well, but for me, I really don’t see the comparison. I just think Messi is from a different planet. I just think he is that good.”
Every time it was against Barcelona, of my god, training the whole week was about Messi. We have to have two, or three players with him, you can’t defend one-v-one against him. It’s impossible. You’re dead. And the way they play, the way they move the ball around with the sole purpose of getting the ball to him and all he’s doing is watching the game. I know we all talk about how he walks around but it’s just to find the space. Once that ball gets to him, the movement everybody is running and moving, it’s so difficult [to play against].
The game plan was just to kick him because we can’t get the ball off him or get close enough. If you think he is there, he is gone. You can watch our games when we play them. JT (John Terry) is tackling, Frankie’s (Frank Lampard) tackling, I’m tackling, everybody’s putting in tackles. That’s the only way we could stop him.”
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