PSG captain Thiago Silva: Messi tougher to defend than Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is getting ready for Super Bowl LII judging by his latest Twitter profile pic

Look at the players that they have like Cristiano [Ronaldo].

As UEFA Champions League action is around the corner, defending champions Real Madrid are destined to face PSG, who are considered as dark horses of the prestigious European competition.

"It's harder to defend against Lionel Messi than Cristiano Ronaldo", Silva told Spanish outlet Sport. The El Clasico rivals are also record-breaking goal scorers for Real Madrid and FC Barcelona respectively.

David Beckham believes Real Madrid should not be ruled out for a third straight Champions League title despite their La Liga woes.

Messi and Ronaldo have won a record five Ballon d'Or awards apiece, while the pair are the all-time leading goalscorers for their respective clubs.

After scoring in PSG's 3-0 Ligue 1 win away at Lille last Saturday from a free kick, Neymar has notched up 520 career matches already - 437 at club level and 83 internationally, while Ronaldo was one month shy of his 27th birthday by the time he hit the same tally. He could still win the next Ballon d'Or.

"The small difference is that Messi, with the ball in a one-on-one or a two-on-one, is hard to stop", Silva told reporters after the game.

PSG lead the way in Ligue 1 by 11 points thanks to the form of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe, setting up the first leg of the last-16 tie on February 14 perfectly.

Success in 2018 will not only be defined by what happens with PSG, though, there is also the World Cup with Brazil in Russian Federation this summer.

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