Sergio Aguero has weighed in on the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi debate with a cheeky piece of advice towards Manchester United’s new sensation Alejandro Garnacho.
The 17-year-old earned a call-up to be part of Man United’s first-team squad for the first time after being named on the bench for the 3-2 win over Norwich City. He was left as an unused substitute by interim boss Ralf Rangnick, but hopes are high for the Argentinian starlet at Old Trafford.
Garnacho, who joined United’s academy from Atletico Madrid two years ago, has idolised Ronaldo from a young age. The attacking midfielder even repeated his trademark ‘siuu’ celebration after scoring in an Under-18s fixture against Everton in February to show his admiration for the 37-year-old.
And the giddy teenager could not resist marking the occasion with an Instagram post about the Portuguese superstar after linking up with him at Old Trafford, reigniting the ‘GOAT’ debate by writing the caption: “Greatest of all times…”, alongside goat, fire, football and heart emojis.
But Aguero clearly was in disagreement and the retired star, 33, made a sneaky comment on his Instagram post which will no doubt get under Ronaldo’s skin. The ex-Man City star is close friends with Messi and even joined Barcelona to play alongside him, before his heart problem and Messi’s move to PSG robbed them of a reunion in Catalonia.
So it was no surprise when he suggested that playing with Messi would be a more attractive proposition than Ronaldo: “Porque todavía no jugaste con el mejor pa @leomessi,” Aguero wrote in Spanish under Garnacho’s Ronaldo picture, which translates as “because you have not played with Lionel Messi yet”.
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Garnacho has been tipped for a big future with the Red Devils after his meteoric rise through the youth ranks and was name-checked by Rangnick, with the German predicting he will soon become a regular when he develops. “He has been training with us the last two weeks and he is one of the most promising players,” Rangnick said pre-match. “He is only 17, but if he keeps his feet on the ground, he will not only be sitting on the bench but will be playing for this club.”
The United starlet has attracted attention after receiving a shock call-up from Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni to the senior squad in March, despite not making his professional debut yet. A raving review from Under-20s coach Javier Mascherano helped Garnacho — who has an Argentinian mother — make the step up to the national squad.
“Since they were interested in me two or three months ago, they have always been very attentive, worrying about me,” he explained. “He [Mascherano] is very attentive, and I am very grateful. I have always dreamed of sharing a team with stars of this level, and of learning a lot from them. It is a dream to be able to share a team with some of the idols of my childhood, so I am going to take advantage of it to improve.”