Mason Greenwood spots "another level" difference in Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo debate

The Manchester United youngster was asked the question that everyone gets posed at least once in their lives, and his response was definitive

Mason Greenwood knows which way he leans in the Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo debate.

It is a question that has dominated for football for many years, almost as long as Greenwood has been alive in fact.

The Manchester United forward was born in 2001, just two years before his club signed Ronaldo and put him on the path to superstardom.

Messi came along at Barcelona a year or so later, and almost ever since the pair have been locked in a battle for supremacy over who is considered to be the best player in the world.

Everyone has their opinion on it, and everyone is asked almost endlessly, but for Greenwood there can be only one winner.

“For me, it’s always got to be Messi,” said Greenwood as part of a fans' Q&A on the United website

“For me, he’s just on another planet.

“Ronaldo is obviously amazing, a physical, great athletic footballer.

"But to do what Messi does at his size, what he’s done for Barcelona and winning that trophy for Argentina, he is just on another level.”

The young forward was clearly not swayed by Ronaldo's United past then, instead focusing on Messi and his recent Copa America victory with Argentina.

The answer came as part of a wide-ranging set of responses from Greenwood to the questions posed by supporters, with one in particular catching the eye earlier in the week.

Asked who his toughest opponent has been, Greenwood said: “I’ve probably got to say, it might be a surprising one, but do you know [Joe] Bryan, the one for Fulham?

"He allowed me no space, no time on the ball, when we played them home and away. It was one of my most difficult games for us.

“He’s one you probably wouldn’t think I’d say his name, but he was getting tight to me and not giving me much space. He was a good defender and he was probably my toughest challenge.”

The answer certainly drew a surprised response from many, not least Bryan himself.

Spotting the answer on social media, the Fulham left-back simply replied: "What's he been drinking then?"