I'd prefer Lionel Messi over Diego Maradona to play for Brazil: Ronaldo

Ronaldo's comments come after Brazil-born Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa earlier this week confirmed his desire to play for Spain.

updated: October 11, 2013 13:14 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: Lionel Messi would be the first player chosen by retired legend Ronaldo if he could include a foreign player in Brazil's national team.

The 37-year-old World Cup winner said on Thursday that he had no problem with players switching allegiances if they hold dual nationality, reports Xinhua.

"If Messi did not play for Argentina, I would love to have him (with us). I would prefer Messi to Diego (Maradona), even though Diego is also my friend," Ronaldo said during a press conference in Rio.

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