Shakib al Hasan said although he prefers Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo, it is the Portuguese in whom Shakib finds striking similarities with himself
It is well documented that Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan is a big fan of the Argentina football team, Barcelona and Lionel Messi.
Shakib once again reiterated that in a video interview with ESPNcricinfo, but the 33-year old did say although he prefers Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo, it is the Portuguese in whom Shakib finds striking similarities with himself.
“He (Messi) is (my inspiration). I don’t follow him off the field though, because he hardly talks to the media. In the recent past, he only started saying a few things, but you know, even two-three years back, I never saw him spoke anything to the media. It’s only now in last two-three years he’s been a bit more vocal. Ronaldo is the guy who always speaks, you know, his heart out, whatever he wants,” said Shakib.
“I think I’m a CR7 sort of person, but I like Messi, it’s not that I hate Ronaldo, I think he’s amazing, in his age of 35, the way he’s performing is world-class, you know the way he’s fit, he can go on for another three-four years. Normally, a football player after 32-33, you know, their graph tend to go down, but those two guys, their graph is still going up, so you know it’s amazing.
“So I follow both of them, I like Messi, the way he plays and presents himself on the field, but I think my character goes with Ronaldo more, more vocal, you know, outspoken, reaction on the field, those are Ronaldo kind of things that I normally do. Even Messi hardly shows his emotions on the ground, hardly you’ll see, Ronaldo, every game you’ll be able to see (emotions), I’m kind of a Ronaldo person but I like Messi.”