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Alex Ferguson gives worse explanation for why he'd choose Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi

The dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi was illustrated again last weekend, this time by an honour they didn't win.

By claiming La Liga's Golden Boot with 40 goals, Luis Suarez became the first person not named Ronaldo or Messi to win the award since 2009, which highlights how prominent the duo have been since the Portuguese star joined Madrid from Manchester United.

The Messi v Ronaldo debate is one of football's most fascinating arguments, and the greatest manager of them all weighed in on the discussion in Dublin this evening.

Speaking at an event at the Convention Centre with Rory McIlroy in aid of the golfer's foundation, ex-United boss Alex Ferguson used a variation of one of football's great cliches as he leaned towards the player he helped grow from a young age.

Fergie didn't quite say that Messi couldn't do it on a wet night in Stoke, but he came pretty close. "When the ball is at Messi's feet it is like he is wearing slippers," Ferguson said.

"But there is a difference between Messi and Ronaldo and I'll tell you what it is. I think Messi is a Barcelona player but Ronaldo could be playing for Stockport County and he would score a hat-trick. He is brilliant in the air and he has two feet."


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