Magnus Carlsen, a legendary chess player, has admitted he was once instructed to identify Cristiano Ronaldo as his favorite player rather than his bitter rival Lionel Messi in a Real Madrid interview.
On the Lex Fridman podcast, the five-time world chess champion, who is said to have an IQ of 190, opened out about his opinion of the best football player in history.
The 31-year-old conceded, “I believe it’s really hard to make a case for anybody else than [Lionel] Messi for his all-around game.”
My support for Real Madrid goes back to the second Ronaldo, not the first Ronaldo (Ronaldo Nazario), so in a way, I precede the Ronaldo period.
Although I have always liked Ronaldo, I have always felt that Messi is superior.
Carlsen, who has frequently traveled to Santiago Bernabeu to watch the team play,
described how the club asked him to substitute its preferred player for his own during the interview.
The chess pro claimed: “They’ve always been really kind to me down there.
I went to quite a few Madrid games.” The only issue was that I was going to be asked during an interview who my favorite player was.
At that moment, I suppose Isco was the person I mentioned, and they responded, “Okay, take two, now you say Ronaldo.”
So for them, it was very important, but it wasn’t that huge to me.’