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Mourinho: Ronaldo and Messi lucky and unlucky to be in the same generation

Discussion in 'Champions League and Europa League' started by Real Tosin, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Real Tosin

    Real Tosin Active Member

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both stepped up when their clubs needed them to forcing Jose Mourinho to says both players “lucky and unlucky” to be playing in the same generation.

    Ronaldo laid down yet another marker with his hat-trick in Juventus’ 3-0 win against Atletico Madrid, producing a virtuoso performance as the Old Lady came back from a 2-0 first-leg deficit and just 24 hours later, Messi followed that up by scoring twice and assisting two goals in Barcelona’s 5-1 win against Lyon on Wednesday.

    Speaking on his RT show 'On the Touchline with Jose Mourinho', the Portuguse manager picked his compatriot as the player of the week – but also had praise for Argentine ace Messi.

    “I think Ronaldo is the name of the week,” Mourinho said.
    “Of course it was a fantastic team performance from Juventus that turned that result of the first leg around, but without him, without that personality, without that know-how, that special, natural ambition and pride, I don’t think it would be possible."

    Ronaldo’s heroics on Tuesday appeared to spur Messi on, and Argentine duly responded the following day with a spellbinding display of his own against Lyon.

    Ronaldo’s hat-trick on Tuesday extended his record as the Champions League’s all-time top scorer with 124 goals in 160 games, while Messi’s double meant he has 108 goals from 131 games.

    In Mourinho’s opinion, Messi and Ronaldo drive each other on through their respective accomplishments. But the downside is they have to share the accolades.

    “Yesterday if Cristiano doesn’t come with that performance, again Messi would be there as the player of the week, this is what he does week in, week out. I think they are lucky and they are unlucky to be in the same generation.

    “They are lucky because they can compete against each other, they are lucky because they look to each other, in a positive way, they get extra motivation with the things they do, the number of hat-tricks, the number of champions, the number of gold boots.

    “I think they have to be happy and lucky to be in the same generation."

    But Mourinho added that there was a downside with the pair having to share the accolades, whereas under different circumstances one or the other would clearly stand out as the greatest.

    Yet if Messi wasn’t around, Ronaldo would have many more Ballon d’Or awards and the same could be said about the Argentinian if the Juventus star didn’t exist.

    “They are unlucky because if they is only one of them, they would have like 10 golden balls, golden boots.”
     

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