Carlos Varela says Lionel Messi is not half as good as Cristiano Ronaldo and claims that the Portuguese would have won more Ballon d’Or awards if he were ‘ugly’.
Varela, formerly with Basel, claims people are jealous of Ronaldo and feels the Real Madrid poster boy has already proven himself superior to his Barcelona rival by excelling in England, according to Goal.
“I do not understand how anyone could criticise Ronaldo,” the former midfielder said ahead of Madrid’s Champions League clash with the Swiss champions at St. Jakob Park on Wednesday night. “I think his image has a negative effect.
“People are jealous and envious of him. If he were ugly, they would have treated him better.
“He should have won more than two Ballon d’Or awards. Messi is not even half the player that Ronaldo is.
“Messi has not shown the world what he can do at another club, unlike Ronaldo, who has already proven himself at Manchester United.”
Ronaldo won the Champions League with United in 2008 before leaving for Madrid the following year.