Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has nailed his colours firmly to the mast ahead of the Champions League final by saying that Lionel Messi is a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Guardiola, who is sweating on the fitness of both Thierry Henry and semi-final hero Andres Iniesta, was quoted as saying:
They are two great players but I’ll stick with my player – I think he’s the best.
As for Messi himself, after missing the final against Arsenal, he’s doubly keen to be involved commenting:
I wasn’t able to get on the pitch and enjoy the final in Paris but I have the opportunity now and it is something I’m very excited about – it’s the biggest game of my life.
I know that many people who are not Barca fans admire the club for its brand of football.
We deserve the title for the football we have played throughout the year. We deserve this reward.
We know that we are close to making history.
If Barca are to make history, they will do so without Dani Alves, Eric Abidal and Rafael Marquez who are suspended or injured, so the inclusion of both Henry and Iniesta could be crucial. The Frenchman is still suffering from a ligament problem while Iniesta injured his thigh two weeks ago.
Is Guardiola right? Make sure you have your say in this week’s Footy Boots debate: Messi v Ronaldo.