Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba applauds the fans following the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on April 24, 2019. – Manchester City won the match 2-0. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) /
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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of the best footballers of all time and have set themselves apart from the rest of the world in terms of performance.

The duo’s goalscoring feats are incredibly unique and haven’t come close to being duplicated in recent years, which is why Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has told Icon that he is absolutely sick of players being compared to them.

“Messi and Ronaldo have shown in recent years: doing what they did, maintaining those stats – that is the exception, not the norm.

“If an attacker today scores ten or 15 goals, he is likely to be told that it is not enough. But the player’s work must be judged with perspective.

“You have to remember that someone like Pavel Nedved won the Ballon d’Or without his team winning the Champions League or without having scored much himself.

“He was simply the best in his role and was rewarded for what he was capable of doing on the field.”

Messi and Ronaldo each recently scored their 600th career club goals within three days of one another, becoming just the sixth and seventh players in football history to do so.

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