Messi vs Ronaldo GOAT debate sees Gerrard and Lampard share altered views

After swapping teams, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have decided who, between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, is the greatest football player of all time.

Steven Gerarrd And Frank Lampard Discuss The Goat Debate
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Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have recently shifted their opinions regarding the ongoing debate about the greatest footballer between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

While their collaboration on the field for England was infamous for its lack of harmony, they’ve found common ground in favouring Ronaldo over Messi. Gerrard, in a recent interview, hailed Ronaldo as “the GOAT,” acknowledging the impact of his arrival in January and the subsequent ripple effect in the league.

Gerrard had previously hailed Messi as the greatest during an appearance on The Overlap last year, highlighting Messi’s team-oriented play and exceptional individual statistics. Lampard, too, had earlier sided with Messi, citing his pure, innate talent.

However, in a more recent discussion on The Overlap, Lampard confessed to reconsidering his stance after observing Ronaldo’s consistent performance, especially in crucial matches like finals and semi-finals.

Lampard humorously referenced a debate on Monday Night Football that influenced his evolving viewpoint, admitting a potential shift in favor of Ronaldo due to his prolific output and impactful performances in significant games. This change of heart by both Gerrard and Lampard indicates a nuanced reconsideration in their once concrete opinions regarding the Messi-Ronaldo debate.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

Forwarder, Midfielder


Age: 38

187 cm

83 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 14 1 Missed
Minutes 1256 89.7 Avg
Goals 14 1.0 Avg
Assist 7 0.5 Avg
Attempt 18 1.3 Avg
Passes 413 29.580.4% AvgSucc
Yellow 0 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 12 times for 1076 minutes for Pro League.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored 12 goals for Al Nassr. He procured 7 assists. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 2nd in Pro League. In the last match Al Nassr won 3-1 against Al Wahda. The next match in Pro League will be against Al Akhdoud.

Al Nassr performance and stats

Al Nassr

Manager: Luís Ribeiro de Castro
Rank 2nd
Win 11
Draw 1
Loss 3
Goals 39-18
Diff 21

Al Nassr is currently 2nd in the Pro League with 31 points.

In the last 13 games, it has won 10 times, drawn once, and lost twice. In its last match, Al Nassr won 1-3 against Al Wahda.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 36 goals and conceding 15.​

Al Nassr will play the next match in Pro League against Al Akhdoud on Wednesday 22nd of November in Riyadh. The prediction is Al Nassr winning the match.​

Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini

Forwarder, Midfielder


Age: 36

170 cm

72 kg

Season 2023
Played 6 28 Missed
Minutes 372 62.0 Avg
Goals 1 0.2 Avg
Assist 2 0.3 Avg
Attempt 20 3.3 Avg
Passes 190 31.776.2% AvgSucc
Yellow 0 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 6 times for 372 minutes for Major League Soccer.

Lionel Messi scored 1 goal for Inter Miami. He procured two assists. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 14th in Major League Soccer. In the last match Inter Miami lost 1-0 against Charlotte.

Inter Miami performance and stats

Inter Miami

Manager: Gerardo Martino
Rank 14th
Win 9
Draw 7
Loss 18
Goals 41-54
Diff -13

Inter Miami is currently 14th in the Major League Soccer with 34 points.

In the last 34 games, it has won 9 times, drawn 7 times, and lost 18 times. In its last match, Inter Miami lost 1-0 against Charlotte.​​

It has a negative goal difference after scoring 41 goals and conceding 54.​