Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo is one of the only 16 players to have played alongside both Ronaldo and Messi and now he has boldly stated which superstar he prefers as a captain.
When asked and pressed for an answer, Arthur Melo modestly chose Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi as his preferred captain. While on a revealing interview, Arthur also made another comparison between the duo.
Arthur Melo spent two seasons alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona before linking up with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus last summer, which he has made 12 appearances alongside the Portuguese ace so far.
Last December, Arthur had discussed three ways the pair differ from one another, and he has now offered more insight into them.
Quizzed on who he prefers as a leader, the midfielder told YouTube channel Desimpedidos: “Both are good leaders. But I choose Cristiano since we’re playing together.
“I’m not that close to Cristiano that I go round his house for coffee, but we have a good relationship.”
Both Ronaldo and Messi are the captains for the Portugal and Argentina national teams respectively, with Messi also being the skipper for Barcelona.
“Cristiano Ronaldo expresses himself more than Messi and he gets on with everyone in the dressing room,” Arthur said on their personalities.
“He’s very active in the dressing room. He talks to everyone and has a good relationship with everyone. Maybe the fact we speak the same language makes it easier.
“Each person has their own way of demonstrating leadership. Messi does it with actions, as much as it seems he doesn’t.
“He demonstrates it when he receives the ball, with his will to win the game and all his teammates notice this.”
The Brazilian added: “Cristiano never backs down if there’s a teammate in need of something and he always gets to it with a fierce determination.
“He trains like an animal, he doesn’t know when to rest and he encourages you to give your all. He always tells me what to eat, not leaving anything to chance.”
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