World number 1 chess player Magnus Carlsen reveals Real Madrid TOLD him to say Ronaldo was the best player

‘They were like ‘take two, now say Ronaldo”: World number one chess player Magnus Carlsen reveals Real Madrid TOLD him to say the Portuguese star is the best player in the world in an interview with the club … even if he prefers Lionel Messi!

  • Magnus Carlsen was told to say Cristiano Ronaldo was his favorite player
  • Carlsen was interviewed by Real Madrid when asked about changing Isco
  • The world chess champion has revealed he prefers PSG star Lionel Messi to Ronaldo

Legendary chess champion Magnus Carlsen has revealed he was once told to say his favorite player was Cristiano Ronaldo during an interview with Real Madrid.

The five-time world chess champion, who is said to have an IQ of 190, went all out on the Lex Fridman podcast and gave his true thoughts on who he thinks is the greatest footballer of all time.

“I think it’s quite difficult to plead the cause of someone other than [Lionel] Messi for his all-around game,’ the 31-year-old admitted.

Norwegian chess legend Magnus Carlsen was often present at the Santiago Bernabeu

Carlsen has revealed that Lionel Messi is his preferred choice between the two superstar players

Carlsen has revealed that Lionel Messi is his preferred choice between the two superstar players

“My Real Madrid fandom kind of predates the Ronaldo era – the second Ronaldo, not the first [Ronaldo Nazario].

“I always liked Ronaldo but I always thought Messi was better.”

Carlsen is no stranger to the Santiago Bernabeu and told podcast listeners he had visited all 14 European Cup winners on several occasions before revealing the club had told him to change his personal choice on the club’s favorite player during the interview.

The chess star said: “I attended a number of matches in Madrid and they were always very helpful to me there.” The only thing is that they were going to do an interview and they were going to ask me who my favorite player was.

“I said someone else, I think it was Isco at that time, and they said, ‘Okay, take two, now you say Ronaldo’.

Real Madrid told Carlsen to change his favorite player pick from Isco to Ronaldo

Real Madrid told Carlsen to change his favorite player pick from Isco to Ronaldo

“So for them it was very important, but it wasn’t that huge for me.”

Both players have stepped back in recent years from the spotlight of both La Liga football giants.

Messi is now plying his trade at Paris Saint-Germain, sharing the spotlight with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe while Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United is unclear as he desperately searches for an escape route before the transfer deadline of Thursday.

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