Cristiano Ronaldo key for Real Madrid against Paris Saint-Germain: David Beckham

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They will both be remembered as two of the greatest - if not *the* two greatest - players of all time.

The Los Blancos superstar, who turned 33 today, receives a reported annual salary of €21 million (R315 million) at Real, which is far less than the likes of Neymar and Messi are getting following their new deals in 2017. "Cristiano deserved to win everything he's won in his career". In fact, he's only lagging behind Messi's total of club goals, having scored 268 to Messi's 313.

Former Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder David Beckham believes Cristiano Ronaldo will be an influential figure in the last-16 UEFA Champions League tie between his two former sides. Although Messi is showing no signs of being on the wane, these next 12 months represent a flawless opportunity for Neymar to usurp Ronaldo. "He could still win the next Ballon d'Or", Silva said in a statement.

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Neymar and Ronaldo will go head-to-head next week when Real host PSG at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their round-of-16 clash, with the Ligue 1 leaders now looking in better shape than the two-time European champions.

"The little difference between them is that Messi, with the ball, one on one, or even against two, is hard to stop". His biggest success, however, is certainly the triumph with Portugal at the European Championship in 2016. His trophy memorabilia includes championship titles around the world.

And it's not his first foray into the National Football League; before the 2014 World Cup, Ronaldo and his Portugal team-mates trained at the New York Jets' practice facility where then-wide receiver David Nelson taught the former Man United man how to throw.