Despite playing together at Juventus, Bonucci’s comments on Messi and Cristiano comparison that CR7 won’t like

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are compared by a legendary defender who recently retired from football.

By Emmanuel Mendez

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi go for the ball at the same time while the mystery defender is in the middle.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi go for the ball at the same time while the mystery defender is in the middle.
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Football fans in the football community always compare Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and they have been doing it over the past two decades. It is no exaggeration that the two are the greatest players of all time, and fans want to know the perspective of professional players who have faced or played with the two players. A perspective that many are curious to know is from a defender who has faced against Messi and Ronaldo throughout his career. Leonardo Bonucci is one of the greatest Italian defenders over the past decade, and he was asked who was tougher to defend between Messi and Ronaldo. The Italian praised Messi and said, “It is very difficult to play against Messi because you cannot predict what he will do. Ronaldo is a perfect machine, but it is easier to dismantle.” Some fans find the comment controversial, as the Portuguese striker was a teammate of the Italian defender at Juventus a couple of years ago.

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Bonucci and Ronaldo played together in Juventus for three seasons, from 2018 to 2021. The pair played a total of 108 matches together with the Italian giants and had two joint goal participations together. Bonucci and Ronaldo were seen as the leaders of the Juventus squad at the time, and together, they won two Serie A titles, one Italian Cup, and one Italian Super Cup.

Bonucci faced Ronaldo on five occasions as the Portuguese was with Real Madrid while the Italian was at Juventus. Their record against each other is one win for Bonucci and two wins for Ronaldo at Real Madrid. There were two draws against each other, and all the games were played in the Champions League. Bonucci faced Messi eight times. Bonucci won two games against him while Messi won five against him; the two drew each other one time. Bonucci and Messi faced each other when the Italian was at Juve and while Messi was at FC Barcelona and PSG. Messi’s Argentina got the best of Bonucci’s Italy in the 2022 Finalissima in a 3-0 win at Wembley Stadium.

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Leonardo Bonucci retires from professional football

Last week, Leonardo Bonucci announced that he is retiring from football. His last club was with Fenerbache in Turkey. He won Serie A eight times with Juventus, won the Euros with Italy, and was Man of the Match in the final. Bonucci will be remembered as an Italian legend and one of the best defenders in football this past decade.

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