“Messi or Ronaldo? It’s hard to say but the best…”
“The player who gave you the most work to score?” Arturo Vidal was asked in an interview he gave to Mundo Deportivo. It was when the Chilean started his adventure in Spanish football with FC Barcelona.
And although at that time he had already measured himself against very special figures like Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar or Kylian Mbappé, the historic Chilean midfielder mentioned two legendary attackers.
He faced them as rivals but also had them as teammates at the highest level.
“The player I had the hardest time scoring? (Lionel) Messi and the second (Franck) Ribéry»replied Vidal in remarks (2018) collected on the YouTube channel owned by Mundo Deportivo.
He faced Ribéry in the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, UEFA Champions League and Serie A in Italy. As for Messi, he saw him as a direct rival on very big stages like the Copa America and European Cup finals.