Cruyff: Messi will become a great

BY foxsports • April 15, 2011

Johan Cruyff says Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is on his way to becoming one of football's all-time great players, but he isn't convinced that Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo will join him.

Cruyff tells The Associated Press that Messi is ''on his way'' to joining an elite group of players that include Pele, Diego Maradona and Alfredo di Stefano.

The former Netherlands great, however, says Ronaldo's chances of being included in the elite group is ''a little more difficult'' because the Portugal international is ''a more physical player'' while the others - including Messi - are ''pure technique.''

Messi and Ronaldo will next face each other Saturday when Barcelona plays Madrid in the Spanish league.

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