Beckham Says Ronaldo Not on Same Level as Messi

Orwell Andrade@whippedcream1Contributor IIIApril 12, 2013

Even though Real Madrid and Barcelona have managed to avoid each other in the Champions League draw thus far, the football world is always eager to compare the skills and prowess of megastars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Former England international and Real Madrid superstar David Beckham offered his thoughts on the debate. Cristiano Ronaldo “doesn't reach the level of Messi,” said Beckham in a recent interview with Argentinean News Agency Telam. "They can have similarities in their technical skills and talent and it is hallucinating for football to have them both present but Messi is simply the best player in the world.”

Messi, who injured his hamstring in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal in Paris, came on in the 62nd minute of the second leg with his team down by a goal. Beckham, now 37, came on as a sub in the 83rd minute.

"We were leading before Messi came in and once he came in Barcelona scored,” Beckham said about PSG's elimination by Barcelona.

Even at his age, Beckham insists he hasn’t lost his competitiveness and will to win. "Although I enjoy playing at this level at my age, I do not like to lose," Beckham told Telam. "Our team played well. In both matches we did things we should be proud of. We didn't lose against Barcelona and that is something that should motivate us for the next season."

PSG have made a number of acquisitions in recent seasons, including the former Manchester United man. Rumors are that Ronaldo may be headed there after his contract with Madrid expires at the end of next season.