There is no doubt whatsoever that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the two greatest players of this generation. Thus, it is no surprise that fans argue continuously as to who the better player is. Both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have provided some absolute moments of magic for football fans all over the world.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are far and away the best football players on the planet. The battle as to who is the better player has been raging on for years with no conclusion being reached.
- Individual accolades:-The Argentine ace has an astonishing 5 Ballon d’Or awards trumping Ronaldo’s 4. Messi is also the only player to have laid his hands on the coveted trophy on 4 consecutive occasions between 2009 and 2012. Leo Messi has been named the European Player of the Year on 3 occasions, the same number as Ronaldo. Messi also received the Golden Ball award in the 2014 World Cup and was named LFP League Player of the Year on 6 occasions. Overall, Messi has a total of 44 individual awards, 2 more than the Portuguese ace.
- Technical ability and decision-making:-While Ronaldo relies on his physical ability and heading prowess, the little magician is by far the better player with the ball at his feet. Impossible to tackle when on the ball, Messi has consistently scored goals by dribbling past more than 4-5 players in a single attempt. While Ronaldo is often fouled and receives free kicks in his favour, the Argentine is absolutely impossible to stop once he builds up a head of steam. Where Ronaldo is extremely quick and can shred defenders using raw pace, his ability to change direction quickly is nonexistent. Messi’s smaller frame meanwhile allows him to change direction almost 90 degrees without losing momentum, something no other player is capable of.
- Messi is more disciplined and has more integrity:-Ronaldo has long since garnered the reputation of being a diver and someone who looks to go down at the slightest contact. He also often tries to get his opponents in trouble by play acting. Most England fans will remember his antics in the 2006 World Cup which resulted in Wayne Rooney being sent off. Ronaldo is also known to dive and has often been accused of playacting. Messi, on the other hand, tries to stay on his feet at every opportunity and defenders often find it extremely hard to take the Argentine down. Ronaldo’s reputation is often the reason referees do not often award him genuine fouls.
- Cristiano Ronaldo is a more complete player than Lionel Messi:- Both Messi and Ronaldo are capable of spectacular things on the ball. Both of them are blessed with incredible agility and dribbling skills, but what sets Ronaldo apart and makes him the more complete player is his incredible heading ability. Time and again, the Portuguese superstar has cropped up at important situations in important matches scoring amazing headers to tilt the balance in favour of his team. Lionel Messi’s main strengths are his close control, dribbling, and agility.
- International success:-Lionel Messi might have won every club trophy there is to win, but if there is one trophy lacking in his stellar CV, it is a trophy with Argentina. The Barcelona superstar has come heartbreakingly close with Argentina on multiple occasions, but he has yet to lay his hands on a trophy while playing with the Albiceleste. The greatest players are always capable of raising their game and even inspiring a mediocre team to success, and Ronaldo with the Euro 2016 triumph has firmly cemented his legacy as one of the game’s all-time greats. Until Messi manages to win a trophy with the talented Argentina side, Ronaldo will always hold an edge over him in any debate.
- Ronaldo has proven himself in multiple leagues:- The Premier League is quite easily the most competitive league in the world and there is no doubt that Ronaldo was the standout player in the game’s most competitive league during his spell at Manchester United. Legendary Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson brilliantly explained why he would choose Ronaldo over Messi. In an earlier interview, Ferguson said:”When the ball is at Messi’s feet it is like he is wearing slippers, But there is a difference between Messi and Ronaldo and I’ll tell you what it is. I think Messi is a Barcelona player but Ronaldo could be playing for Stockport County and he would score a hat-trick. He is brilliant in the air and he has two feet.” The La Liga is more often than not a two horse race and until Messi is able to prove himself on a “cold, wet night at Stoke”, Ronaldo will always hold the edge.