What Arsenal midfielder said about Ronaldo and Messi
What Arsenal midfielder said about Ronaldo and Messi

What Arsenal midfielder said about Ronaldo and Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo is "not in this world" according to Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, who feels clear daylight remains between the Portugal and Juventus star, Lionel Messi and the rest of football's prime talents.

Ronaldo scored the 53rd hat-trick of his professional career in stunning style to fire Portugal past Switzerland 3-1 in Porto on Wednesday and into the final of the inaugural Nations League Finals.

"I think we had a very good game. In my opinion, we were the better team but the difference is they have Ronaldo," said the Arsenal midfielder, who will now prepare for a third-place match in Guimaraes against England after the Netherlands triumphed 3-1 during extra time in Thursday's semi-final.


"It's unbelievable what a player he is. It's not for nothing that he's one of the best players in the world. He's special because he knows always where you have to go and to be.

"I think we had him in our hands but, in the end, he scored three times and we lost the game. I think we can be proud of how we play, against a very good team."

Switzerland levelled through a controversial VAR-awarded Ricardo Rodriguez penalty, which cancelled out Ronaldo's blistering 25th-minute free-kick, only for the 34-year-old to leave Estadio do Dragao in raptures with a pair of late strikes - Xhaka coughing up possession for the break that saw him claim the match ball.

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