Virat Kohli on Messi vs Ronaldo: Lionel Messi is a freak but Cristiano Ronaldo's drive separates him from rest

India skipper Virat Kohli reveals what separates the two most celebrated footballers in the world
Virat Kohli on Messi vs Ronaldo: Lionel Messi is a freak but Cristiano Ronaldo's drive separates him from rest Virat Kohli on Messi vs Ronaldo: Lionel Messi is a freak but Cristiano Ronaldo's drive separates him from rest
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India skipper Virat Kohli's passion for football is not a secret. He has often revealed that he loves the German national football team and also co-owns the Indian Super League (ISL) side FC Goa. On the never ending debate of Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi, Virat felt that he prefers the former though he admires the latter.

Kohli told Times of India, "It's a personal preference (of Ronaldo). 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 also admitted that the Men in Blue look up to football players for their discipline as well the way they prepare themselves.

"We always look up to footballers for their discipline. It’s a requirement of the sport that you need to be at your absolute best to be able to take the field. Football players are very particular about professionalism, in terms of physical preparation, nutrition and rest periods. We learn a lot from them."

He, however felt that cricketers should not aspire to emulate the fitness levels of footballers as these sports have very different requirements.

"You cannot compare. I think the only people who can be compared to an extent in terms of endurance are fast bowlers. Cricket is not a sport which requires amazing physical endurance.

Football is fast and played within 90 minutes where you have to be absolutely fit to take control of the situation. In cricket, the fitness level requirement is not as high.

But if you strive to be as fit as footballers, then you do things at a different level in cricket. That's what we look forward to. If we take our fitness levels higher, we will perform at another level. Footballers are way fitter than cricketers."

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