Is Lionel Messi the best player of all time? I am always careful about this kind of comparison because it is almost impossible.
In his generation, he is certainly the best player for now because he has so many qualities: pace, dribbling, decision-making, efficiency and humility. It is rare to see a player with this kind of talent without any sort of arrogance.
I think what makes him so good is that he loves playing football. He is happy on the field and he can do things that no one else can do.
I didn't see the game against Bayer Leverkusen, but I saw the five goals. Unfortunately, I saw him impress me during the direct clashes between Arsenal and Barcelona as well.
I know everything that he can do because I studied him on tape, and have gone up against him on match days. However, Barcelona don't like playing against Arsenal.
Cristiano Ronaldo is some player too. I wouldn't say he is in the shadow of Messi, but he might want to be better than Messi. He has the potential to do it.
Ronaldo is an athlete as well as a football player: he is able physically to play every game. He always begins the game like he hasn't played football for three days. He can play 60 to 70 games without any problem. He is a force of nature.
Besides, he has an exceptional talent: he scores more than 40 goals every year. He scored in England and he scores in Spain. Certainly he can lead Madrid to the Champions League title.
Does the rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi make La Liga more attractive as a spectacle? Of course.
However, I say again today what I was saying six months ago: the problem of La Liga is that before the beginning of the season we already know that the title will be between Barcelona and Madrid, even if it is an interesting duel to follow.
The Spanish championship lost its interest after the second Clasico. We watched Barcelona leading 3-0 and then we switched the channel. I think it is a shame for a big championship like La Liga.