As a keen basketball fan, Francis Coquelin has compared the debate surrounding who’s better between LeBron James and Stephen Curry to having to choose between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
James and Curry went head to head in the recent NBA finals, with James’ Cleveland Cavaliers pulling off the unlikeliest of victories against Curry’s much-fancied Golden State Warriors.
And with the two basketball players in the midst of an intense rivalry, Arsenal midfielder Coquelin has compared the two to their football counterparts – Messi and Ronaldo.
Speaking exclusively to Arsenal TV, Coquelin said: “[Choosing between Steph Curry and LeBron] is a little bit like ‘Cristiano or Messi?’ in our sport.”
“There is someone who is naturally gifted and a special talent and the other one’s got talent as well but works really hard.”
He added: “I really like Steph Curry but it’s two different types of player and I like both of them.”
Ronaldo and Messi have been involved in a straight shoot out in terms of who is the best football player in the world for the last nine years, since both players finished as runners-up in the Ballon d’Or to Kaka.
Since then the pair have evolved into the two greatest players of all time – we will have to wait and see whether the rivalry between James and Curry has the same longevity.