Lionel Messi’s ability to both score and create goals means Germany boss Joachim Low would prefer him in his team ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Debate over which of the two La Liga stars boasts the greater legacy is set to rage again during the World Cup in Russia as they both aim to claim football’s biggest team prize for the first time.
Low got the better of the Barcelona man in that match, but he would happily have the attacker in Germany colours over Real Madrid star Ronaldo.
“I would stick with Messi,” Low told Bild.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is sensational, a very good professional, an incredible goalscoring machine for many years, but Messi is the most complete player I have seen.
“He is a great team player. He’s provided 30 to 40 assists for the last 10 years as well as scoring around 50 goals.
“He’s capable of leaving eight or nine players in his path and his goals always stay in your memory.”
Low will attempt to lead Germany to back-to-back World Cup triumphs in Russia, a feat managed by only two other nations.