Real Madrid star Toni Kroos retracts claims that Cristiano Ronaldo is a ‘goat’

Toni Kroos is reneging on the ‘no-go’ rule to pronounce former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s longtime rival Lionel Messi as ‘the goat’ – as the midfielder insists the Argentina talisman ‘deserves’ the award after winning the World Cup.

Real Madrid star Toni Kroos has backed down from his claims of the best football ever after Argentina won the World Cup final.

Kroos, who played for many years with Cristiano Ronaldo in Spain, had earlier suggested that the Portuguese star is the absolute best on the soccer field.

But after Lionel Messi’s heroics against France on Sunday, the German midfielder recently admitted his opinion has now changed in favor of the Argentine.

Lionel Messi ended his long wait in his career to win the World Cup with victory over France

Toni Kroos (left) admits he once thought Cristiano Ronaldo (right) was the greatest of all time

Toni Kroos (left) admits he once thought Cristiano Ronaldo (right) was the greatest of all time

According to the Mirror, Kroos had previously claimed: ‘Since his playing days, he’s Cristiano Ronaldo (the best player of all time). Of course, I am biased because he made a decisive contribution to our winning so many titles.

It was very exciting and impressive to play alongside Ronaldo. Not only were we teammates, we were also neighbors in the dressing room and neighbors one-on-one.

He lived next to me. Seeing how perfect it was was impressive. That is why it is forbidden for me to name Messi (the best player of all time).

Kroos spent four years playing at the Santiago Bernabeu with Ronaldo before the five-time Ballon d’Or winner left Spain to join Italian giants Juventus in the summer of 2018.

Kroos spent four years playing with Ronaldo during their time together at Real Madrid

Kroos spent four years playing with Ronaldo during their time together at Real Madrid

Despite his strong links to the Portuguese forward, Kroos has now apparently changed his mind after the recent World Cup final.

He admitted to MagentaTV: ‘He (Messi) deserves it. In terms of individual performance in the tournament, I have never seen a footballer play as regularly as this one.

“You have to take into account that he’s never played for clubs which I find very funny, which proves I mean it.”

Paris Saint-Germain striker Lionel Messi ended his long wait in his career to lift football’s finest trophy after Sunday’s final saw Argentina emerge victorious over France after winning 4-2 on penalties.

Messi scored a brace in the World Cup final to help inspire his team to victory in Qatar

Messi scored a brace in the World Cup final to help inspire his team to victory in Qatar

The 35-year-old scored twice in the match – a first-half penalty and an extra effort – before converting the penalty in the ensuing penalty shootout.

A hat-trick from France’s Kylian Mbappe in the 3-3 draw proved futile as Messi and Argentina stormed to victory for the first time in the tournament since 1986.

Meanwhile, former teammate Ronaldo was knocked out of the competition in the quarter-finals after being defeated by underdogs Morocco.

Cristiano Ronaldo could not prevent Portugal from being knocked out in the quarter-finals of the World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo could not prevent Portugal from being knocked out in the quarter-finals of the World Cup

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