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Roldo would be great anywhere, Messi wouldn’t: Ferguson

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  27 April 2015 12:00 AM GMT

London, April 26: Former Manchester United mager Alex Ferguson on Sunday said Lionel Messi is purely a Barcelo player but believes Cristiano Roldo would be a success anywhere in the world.

The Barcelo and Real Madrid forwards have won the last seven Ballon d’Or awards between them, marking the pair as the two best players of their generation and among the greatest to have ever played the game.

“Roldo is tough. People say ‘who is the player in the world’ and plenty of people quite rightly say Messi. You can’t dispute that opinion. But the thing about Roldo, Roldo could play for Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, Doncaster Rovers or anyone and he’d score a hat-trick. I’m not sure Messi could do it,” Ferguson was quoted as saying by BBC.

Ferguson, who maged Roldo for six years before the Portugal intertiol left Old Trafford for the Santiago Berbeu in 2009, has backed his former protégé as the more complete footballer.

“Roldo’s got two feet, he’s quick, he’s good in the air and he’s brave, though Messi’s brave too, of course. I just think Messi is a Barcelo player,” the 73-year-old said.

Ferguson also labelled the 30-year-old as the player who advanced the most under his tutelage over his 26 years in charge of United.

“Roldo is the biggest improvement I ever had at Manchester United really because he came as a young skinny kid at 17. And yes, he had stuff such as diving which people used to criticise him but, once he got out on the training field, he was fantastic,” the retired coach said. IANS

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