Valdano excluded Ronaldo from a list he called the list of football geniuses, in which Messi was placed with Alfredo Di Stefano, Pele, Johan Cruyff and Diego Armando Maradona, stressing that Leo has the greatest talent.
Valdano ignoring Ronaldo: Messi is one of the five football geniuses
The former Madridista said, “Messi is one of the five football geniuses with Maradona, Cruyff, Pele, and Di Stefano, Messi’s greatest talent, and I think winning the Ballon d’Or is a good thing, so why should we deceive ourselves?”
He added, “Cristiano remains in the class of good players with Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, this class does not have the ability to devise unconventional individual solutions in matches, they do not have the magic of the five geniuses.”
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Valdano explained, “Another Lionel is the last player to reach football with the capabilities of being half of it on the street and the other half in an academic way, and the players of the current era are all academics by 100%, receiving education in various advanced ways.”
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