Xavi: Messi is more important in Barcelona’s history than Ronaldo in Madrid’s
The Barcelona legend believes the Messi’s era is still on
Deemed as the two greatest footballers of the modern era – sharing ten of the last eleven Ballon d’Or, with five each, Xavi who said the duo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano had monopolised football, believed the latter his more important in Barcelona’s history than the former in Real Madrid’s history.
Real Madrid are winners of four of the last five UEFA Champions League – with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was then the team’s talisman vital to that feat, but Xavi believes that counts little for the Portuguese, as the Los Blancos had achieved more without the now Juventus Player.
The former Spain international posited that Messi, whom he played alongside from 2004 – 2015 had contributed immensely to Barcelona’s history.
Asked in an interview with Marca, “No, because the Messi era isn’t over.
“And if you look at it as a whole then it’s spectacular. Without him, the club had one Champions League, with him now we have five. Messi’s era has not been bad, but Real Madrid have kept up their history.
“Real, before Cristiano Ronaldo, had nine Champions League titles. But Messi has changed Barcelona history. Both have monopolised football in the last 15 years.”
Real Madrid’s Luka Modric ended the Messi and Ronaldo Ballon d’Or monopoly to claim the prestigious award – with Ronaldo coming second, while Messi was fifth on the list.
According to Xavi, the award should be an annual giveaway for Messi.
“What more is there to say about Leo? He’s stratospheric, I’d give him the Ballon d’Or every year.”
“You’ll note something, obviously. Messi isn’t just a goalscorer, he’s the playmaker, he gives the last passes.
“He almost defines the play of the team.
“When he hasn’t been there because of injury, you could really tell. It’s not the same. He breaks the lines, he splits defences, he dribbles and there is superiority in attack.”