The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has an immense love for football as its the closest sport to him apart from cricket. He has made a plethora of records and he might also ended up breaking the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s astonishing record of 100 international centuries. Virat prefers leading the Indian team from the front and inspires the players with his fitness and passion for the sport.
However, Kohli is himself a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo’s “energy and intensity” and doesn’t shy away from rating the Portuguese footballer above Argentine star Lionel Messi.
When asked about his favorite footballer between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Virat told The Times Of India: “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. 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.”
The Ronaldo vs Messi debate is an ever-trending topic for football fans across the globe. Kohli didn’t outrightly ignore Messi from the debate, saying the latter is just a freak.
Kohli elaborated: “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.”
Virat is currently engaged in India’s ongoing home series against South Africa. After the three-match T20 International series ended in a 1-1 draw, India will now be hosting South Africa for the first Test of the three-Test series in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.