'Defending against Cristiano Ronaldo is easier than Lionel Messi'

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Scroll through the gallery to see the five oldest
Scroll through the gallery to see the five oldest footballers who have featured in the Premier League this season
5. Fernandinho (Manchester City) - 36 years and si
5. Fernandinho (Manchester City) - 36 years and six months
4. Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United) - 36 years a
4. Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United) - 36 years and seven months
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) - 36 year
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) - 36 years and nine months
2. Thiago Silva (Chelsea) - 37 years and two month
2. Thiago Silva (Chelsea) - 37 years and two months
1. Ben Foster (Watford) - 38 years and seven month
1. Ben Foster (Watford) - 38 years and seven months

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has revealed why he feels it is easier to defend against Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo than it is against Lionel Messi.

United's caretaker coach Michael Carrick sensationally left Ronaldo on the bench when his side took on the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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The decision appeared to annoy the Portuguese forward, who stormed down the tunnel at full-time after he was brought on in the 64th minute of the clash.

Brazilian centre-back Silva played the whole 90 minutes, plus added time, of that match and even had a minor conflict with Ronaldo, who refused to step away from the ball when referee Anthony Taylor wanted to restart play at one point, with the 36-year-old Red Devils talisman subsequently being yellow-carded for dissent.

Ahead of that Premier League encounter, though, Silva told ESPN why he feels is easier to defend against Ronaldo compared to the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner.

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"The small difference is that Messi, with the ball in a one-on-one or a two-on-one, is difficult to stop," the Brazil star explained.

"With Ronaldo, I am not saying that it is easy, but one player can mark and the other can monitor – doing that gives you more security at the back.

"However, Messi and Ronaldo are both players capable of incredible things – like Neymar.

"I believe, though, that it is harder to defend against Messi than it is against Ronaldo."

Here are 16 stunning records Messi holds, per UEFA

Most goals for South American nation: 80
Most goals for South American nation: 80
Most Argentina goals: 80
Most Argentina goals: 80
Most UEFA club competition goals for single club:
Most UEFA club competition goals for single club: 123 (Barcelona)
Most UEFA Champions League goals for single club:
Most UEFA Champions League goals for single club: 120 (Barcelona)
Most goals in a calendar year: 79 (2012 – or 91 in
Most goals in a calendar year: 79 (2012 – or 91 including goals for Argentina)
Most LaLiga hat-tricks: 36
Most LaLiga hat-tricks: 36
Most LaLiga titles won by a foreign player: 10
Most LaLiga titles won by a foreign player: 10
Youngest Argentina player to score at a World Cup:
Youngest Argentina player to score at a World Cup: 18 years, 357 days
Most European Golden Shoes: 6
Most European Golden Shoes: 6
Most LaLiga goals: 474
Most LaLiga goals: 474
Most LaLiga goals in a single season: 50 (2011/12)
Most LaLiga goals in a single season: 50 (2011/12)
Most Ballon d'Or awards: 7
Most Ballon d'Or awards: 7
Most UEFA Champions League round of 16 goals: 28
Most UEFA Champions League round of 16 goals: 28
Most UEFA Champions League group-stage goals: 76 (
Most UEFA Champions League group-stage goals: 76 (71 for Barcelona)
Most Argentina caps: 158
Most Argentina caps: 158
Most club honours: 35
Most club honours: 35