Virat Kohli, Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo

Virat Kohli picks his favourite footballer between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team captain, is an ardent football fan and also a keen supporter of team Portugal. In the past, he was also seen rooting for Germany who were the champions of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


When it comes to UEFA Champions League, Kohli likes Juventus only because of Cristiano Ronaldo, but there has always been an everlasting debate over who is the better between Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. Both the superstar footballers have been pushing each other towards greater success on the field for more than a decade and will probably continue to do so for a few more years.

The 31-year-old Kohli, who co-owns Indian Super League (ISL) side FC Goa was recently asked to pick between the two footballers and he had a clear favourite.


“Tough question. But I would say Cristiano is the most complete player that I have seen. Whether it’s the left foot, right foot, speed or dribbling skills, he’s amazing. I have not seen a better goal scorer. (Ronaldo) The Phenomenon, on the other hand, was something else.

“He revolutionized the sport and everyone followed him. His place is special, but if I had to take only one in my team who will give energy and intensity, it’s Cristiano,” Kohli told Times of India.

“It’s a personal preference. Messi is a freak, absolute natural talent, and his ability is second to none. For me, what stands out is the ability or the will to put in the effort in every single minute of the game. Ronaldo’s drive separates him from everyone else. Playing at the top level, everyone has talent, but I don’t think anyone has the will that he has,” he added.

In the past, Kohli has spoken about how he manages his diet and training and in a recent conversation, he revealed the impact of football and footballers on cricket.

“We always look up to footballers for their discipline. It’s a requirement of the sport that you need to be at your absolute best to be able to take the field. Football players are very particular about professionalism, in terms of physical preparation, nutrition and rest periods. We learn a lot from them,” he further added.

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