Messi or Ronaldo? Barcelona star Luis Suarez weighs in on who is better

Hamza Rao 11:28 PM | 22 Jul, 2016
Messi or Ronaldo? Barcelona star Luis Suarez weighs in on who is better
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez said on Friday that he believes his club teammate Lionel Messi is the best football player on the planet, adding that he does not believe Cristiano Ronaldo's trophy winning exploits with Real Madrid and Portugal should result in him taking the Ballon d'Or off Lionel Messi this year.

Barcelona talisman Messi regained football's major individual honor last year, leaving his career Ballon d'Or count against Ronaldo at 5-3 in his favour.

Messi scored 41 goals and provided 26 assists in all competitions as Barca retained La Liga and the Copa del Rey last season, but Ronaldo netted the winning penalty as Real beat rivals Atletico Madrid to win Champions League glory, before helping Portugal to a surprise Euro 2016 triumph.

Those successes have established the former Manchester United forward as a strong favourite for the 2016 award, and Barcelona star Neymar even said last week that he expects Ronaldo to scoop the gong.

But Suarez is in no doubt that his team-mate Messi remains the pre-eminent performer in world football.

"It is true that [Ronaldo] won those trophies but for me there is no question that Leo is the best player in the world," he said.

"Whether or not he wins that prize he is the best player by far. He has more of an effect on the game that anyone one else.

"He couldn't win a title [the Copa America] with Argentina but he has won so many titles with Barcelona and I think that he deserves the Ballon d'Or."

As Messi recuperates after missing a spot-kick in Argentina's Copa America final defeat against Chile on penalties and Neymar prepares for Brazil's Olympic campaign, Suarez is the only member of Barcelona's famous front trio in pre-season training ahead of the new season.

Nevertheless, the ex-Liverpool striker is unconcerned over the disruption and is aiming high once more for the forthcoming season.

"I'm training with some other team-mates and guys from Barca B that I didn't know as well," he added.

"We are preparing ourselves physically and getting ready for the season.

"I talk to Luis Enrique about the normal things that we talk about in pre-season, getting ready to try and achieve our objectives for this season."

Hamza Rao
Hamza Rao

Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 269.9 272.85
Euro EUR 290.22 290.82
UK Pound Sterling GBP 330.48 331.18
U.A.E Dirham AED 72.78 73.08
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.23 71.53
Australian Dollar AUD 190 193
Bahrain Dinar BHD 702.68 710.68
Canadian Dollar CAD 201.75 205
China Yuan CNY 39.15 39.55
Danish Krone DKK 38.6 39
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 33.72 34.07
Indian Rupee INR 3.24 3.35
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 865.31 874.31
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.24 62.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.35 173.35
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.06
Omani Riyal OMR 686.49 694.49
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 72.58 73.28
Singapore Dollar SGD 201.2 203.2
Swedish Korona SEK 25.45 25.75
Swiss Franc CHF 286.19 288.69
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390


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