- Lionel Messi may not be everyone's choice as the greatest of all time
- The 32-year-old has been tagged as the best by his national teammate Di Maria
- Having shared dressing rooms with Messi and Ronaldo, the Real Madrid star tips Messi over his rival
Paris Saint-German forward Angel di Maria is one of the few players to have played with both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in their illustrious career.
Both superstars have dominated world football, awards, records and achievements over the last ten years owing to their impressive performances.
Although the 32-year-old clinch his sixth Ballon d'Or award last year - one more than his arch-rival despite not winning the Champions League.
He, however, maintained his high scoring form for Barcelona winning the La Liga, and also won bronze at the 2019 Copa America championship staged in Brazil.
Apart from Di Maria, Carlos Tevez and Paulo Dybala are other stars with the privilege to have shared the dressing room with the stars.
The former Man United star weighs in on the 'Greatest Of All Time' debate that follows each time either of the stars set a new record.
Di Maria did not mince words when making his claims - saying the Barca star is simply the best in a list of players that consist of Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney.
He told TyC Sports: "It was a dream to have the possibility to play with [Wayne] Rooney, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, Cristiano [Ronaldo], Leo [Messi]... they were players that I used on the PlayStation and I would never have imagined I'd get to play with them,”
“I used to watch them and then to have the opportunity to play with them was really nice.
“Leo is the best of the four, Cristiano is a monster and Neymar is simply a joy for football. He's Brazilian and when he plays all he does is have fun.
“Ibra is crazy, a total character. On the pitch he might seem like a bad guy but he is awesome, a really good guy. I got along with him very well when he was here.
“Rooney is a quiet guy. I never thought he would be as strong as he is. With all the great players I have played with, it's hard to choose. But if I had to pick one, it would be Leo.”
Both Messi and Ronaldo are already started their rivalry for the year 2020 as they hope to beat each other and win prestigious awards.
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