Zidane thinks Lionel Messi BETTER than Cristiano Ronaldo - shock report

Posted Thursday, December 21, 2017 by Express.co.uk

Zidane thinks Lionel Messi BETTER than Cristiano Ronaldo - shock report
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona ace Lionel Messi face off in El Clasico on Saturday

REAL MADRID reportedly believe Barcelona ace Lionel Messi is better than their own talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

The two superstars go head-to-head on Saturday when the first La Liga El Clasico of the season takes place at the Bernabeu.

And the game is the first time Messi and Ronaldo have met since the Argentine lost out to his rival at the Ballon d'Or awards.

Ronaldo and Messi have now collected five of the gongs apiece and are widely regarded as the two greatest footballers to have played the game.

Shock reports from Spain claim that Messi is seen as the best player in the world within Real - a huge snub to Ronaldo.

According to Spanish publication Diario Gol, that stance means Zinedine Zidane is intent on "caging" Messi at the weekend.

The Real gaffer previously deployed Mateo Kovacic to shackle the Barcelona playmaker.

This time around he'll apparently look to Casemiro to mark Messi out of the game, with support from Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

Zidane is apparently planning to keep Kovacic on the bench to replace Casemiro when he tires or if he picks up a yellow card.

Messi is not the only player Real are planning to stifle as they look to close the 11-point gap to Barcelona.

Luis Suarez is said to have been earmarked as a significant threat by Zidane as well.

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