Virat Kohli had revealed in an interview to Fifa.com that Cristiano Ronaldo was above everyone else for him in the world and that he drew inspiration from the star footballer. "For me, Cristiano is above everyone else. His commitment and work ethic is unmatched. He wants it that bad - you can see it every game. I support every club at which he plays. He inspires me," Kohli, who is currently in Florida for a T20 series against the West Indies, told 'FIFA.com'.
Netizens had some mixed reactions to the Indian skipper's claims. While some Messi fans reacted sharply to Kohli's opinion, some fans also dragged in Rohit Sharma's name into the discussion, a topic that has already unleashed havoc within the fans of the Men in Blue, who differ in their opinion about who could lead the national side better.
Here are some of the reactions from Lionel Messi fans:
Virat Kohli fans, however, stood by their favourite player as they heaped praises on both the stars (Virat Kohli and Cristiano Ronaldo) and took to Twitter to express the same.
Indians fans couldn't help but drag Rohit Sharma into the discussion, triggering a debate among the social media circles.
"I don't just walk out for my team. I walk out for my country," tweeted Rohit Sharma on Wednesday after India captain Virat Kohli rubbished reports of rift between him and the star opener.
Ahead of the Indian team's departure to the United States on Monday, Kohli categorically refuted rumours of a rift with his deputy Rohit saying "people feeding off lies" are being disrespectful to the players' personal lives.
Coach Ravi Shastri too had rubbished the reports of differences between the two star players.
"In my opinion, it is baffling. It's absolutely ridiculous to read these kinds of stuff, that comes out there. I have been to public events where we have been praised and here we are feeding off lies, overlooking facts, turning a blind eye to all good things that happened and creating fantasies and scenarios in our head. We want to accept that this is the truth," Kohli had said.