Blatter 'prefers' Messi to former Manchester United star

Cristiano Ronaldo

The FIFA chief has conceded that he would watch the Barcelona superstar over his Real Madrid rival Ronaldo.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has admitted that he ‘prefers’ Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo, with both up for the Ballon d’Or.

The duo have been long been compared against each other as the best two players in the game and between them have won the last five Golden Balls.

In the same week that both were listed in the 23-man shortlist for the 2013 edition of the competition, a video of FIFA’s President has emerged revealing his take on their duel and their differences.

'They are both exceptional players but are totally different,' Blatter commented at a talk at Oxford Union. 'Football is about the difference between stars. Lionel Messi is a good boy that every father, every mother would like to have at home.

'He is very quick, he is not exuberant, he plays well, he is a good boy. That is what makes him so popular, because he is this nice man and that is why he gets votes. The other one [Ronaldo], he is something else, he is like a commander on the field of play. This is the other side of football and it is good to have such commanders on the field also. That gives life to football.

'One has more expenses for the hairdresser than the other, but that doesn’t matter. I cannot say who is the best, there will be a contest this year and then January next year it will be announced. I like both of them, but I prefer Messi.'

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