Pedri asserts Messi’s undeniable lead over Ronaldo in the GOAT debate, homaging Iniesta and expressing a quirky interest in going bald

In the ongoing debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the title of the greatest footballer of all time, Pedri, who previously played with Messi at Barcelona, firmly supports Messi's superiority.

Pedri Favours Lionel Messi As His Favourite
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Two legendary figures of contemporary football have spent their careers in fierce competition, vying for the title of the world’s best player and potentially the greatest of all time. Messi boasts eight Ballon d’Or awards, while Ronaldo has five, yet both have amassed numerous records and major trophies throughout their illustrious careers.

Pedri, who had the opportunity to work alongside Messi at Camp Nou before the latter’s transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in 2021, shared his perspective on the enduring debate over the greatest player of all time. When asked, he unequivocally sided with Messi, stating, “Messi, without a doubt. But Cristiano is a great player as well.”

Pedri himself is considered a rising star and a potential future recipient of the Golden Ball award, given his age of 21, yet he made a peculiar remark when questioned about his aspirations for the next decade. With a nod to his role model, playmaker Andres Iniesta, he expressed his desire to still be playing football in ten years’ time, adding, somewhat whimsically, “and bald. I have always wanted to go bald.”

Currently sidelined once again due to injury at Barcelona, Pedri’s return date remains uncertain. However, he will undoubtedly be eager to contribute to Barcelona’s quest for another Champions League title in 2024.

Pedri

Pedro González López

Forwarder, Midfielder

SpainSpain

Age: 22

174 cm

kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 18 14 Missed
Minutes 1172 65.1 Avg
Goals 2 0.1 Avg
Assist 2 0.1 Avg
Attempt 21 1.2 Avg
Passes 843 46.876.7% AvgSucc
Yellow 3 0.2 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 16 times for 1099 minutes for La Liga.

Pedri scored 2 goals for FC Barcelona. He procured two assists. He received 3 yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 2nd in La Liga. In the last match FC Barcelona won 1-0 against Las Palmas.

FC Barcelona performance and stats

FC Barcelona

Manager: Xavi
Rank 2nd
Win 21
Draw 7
Loss 4
Goals 64-37
Diff 27
Rank 1st
Win 4
Draw 0
Loss 2
Goals 12-6
Diff 6

FC Barcelona is currently 2nd in the La Liga with 67 points.

In the last 30 games, it has won 20 times, drawn 7 times, and lost 3 times. In its last match, FC Barcelona won 1-0 against Las Palmas.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 61 goals and conceding 34.​

Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini

Forwarder, Midfielder

ArgentinaArgentina

Age: 37

170 cm

72 kg

Season 2024
Played 6 4 Missed
Minutes 494 82.3 Avg
Goals 7 1.2 Avg
Assist 3 0.5 Avg
Attempt 21 3.5 Avg
Passes 282 47.086.2% AvgSucc
Yellow 0 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 3 times for 270 minutes for Major League Soccer.

Lionel Messi scored 3 goals for Inter Miami. He procured one assist. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 2nd in Major League Soccer. In the last match Inter Miami drew 1-1 against New York City.

Inter Miami performance and stats

Inter Miami

Manager: Gerardo Martino
Rank 1st
Win 5
Draw 3
Loss 2
Goals 22-15
Diff 7
This season

Inter Miami is currently 2nd in the Major League Soccer with 11 points.

In the last 7 games, it has won 3 times, drawn twice, and lost twice. In its last match, Inter Miami drawn 1-1 against New York City.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 14 goals and conceding 10.​

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

Forwarder, Midfielder

PortugalPortugal

Age: 39

188 cm

83 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 25 3 Missed
Minutes 2136 85.4 Avg
Goals 28 1.1 Avg
Assist 10 0.4 Avg
Attempt 31 1.2 Avg
Passes 724 29.081.0% AvgSucc
Yellow 1 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 23 times for 2066 minutes for Pro League.

Cristiano Ronaldo  scored 25 goals for Al Nassr. He procured 9 assists. He received 1 yellow card and no red cards.

His team is currently 2nd in Pro League. In the last match Al Nassr won 5-1 against Al Tai. The next match in Pro League will be against Abha.

Al Nassr performance and stats

Al Nassr

Manager: Luís Ribeiro de Castro
Rank 2nd
Win 22
Draw 2
Loss 4
Goals 83-35
Diff 48

Al Nassr is currently 2nd in the Pro League with 59 points.

In the last 25 games, it has won 19 times, drawn twice, and lost 4 times. In its last match, Al Nassr won 5-1 against Al Tai.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 71 goals and conceding 34.​

Al Nassr will play the next match in Pro League against Abha on Tuesday 2nd of April in Mahalah. The prediction is Al Nassr winning the match.​