By Dike Ekene
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Lionel Messi of Barcelona are two of the most breathtaking contemporary players to have ever used their legs to make contact with a ball.
These two have broken several records. They have scored more than 500 goals, won more than 63 trophies combined and won eleven Ballon d’or awards between them.
Lionel Messi is the all-time goalscorer in La liga and Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League. There have been comparisons between these two heavyweights.
Recently, Lionel Messi won his sixth Ballon d’or surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo’s five. That landmark achieved by Messi, instigated a new set of unanswered questions relating to who is better amongst them. Cristiano Ronaldo has played for Sporting, Manchester United, Rea Madrid and currently plies his trade with Juventus in Italy. Lionel Messi on the other hand has played for just Barcelona in Spain since the beginning of his career till now.
Both of them have distinct styles of play which make them impactful and spectacular in their unique ways. Ronaldo is known for his long range shooting, fantastic ability in the air, leadership abilities, fast wing play, prolific goalscoring etc. Messi is known for his ability to create more goals for his teammates, wonderful free kicks, amazing goalscoring, sublime dribbling etc. They have redefined the game of football with their different philosophies.
To their supporters, other players are inferior to them and they have been dominating the awards list for the past decade.
Nevertheless, the two have shown class a copious number of times and their comparisons complicate issues.
With the recent award won by Messi which puts him above Ronaldo, it shows that both have been working really hard to outshine each other. The battle remains a continuum and the suspense makes it more interesting.
|RONALDO 34 Years||MESSI 32 Years|
|First Player to score in ten |
|Guinness World Record as top goal scorer for club and country in a |
calendar year (91 goals in 2012)
|Oldest player to score a hat-trick at a Fifa World Cup at 33 years and |
|Only player to have won more than one Fifa Club World Cup Golden |
|Highest number of goals in a UEFA |
champions league season (17 goals)
|Only player to score more than 40 goals in 10 consecutive seasons|
|First player to reach 100 career |
wins in UEFA championships
|Highest Number of Man of the |
Match awards (4) in one Fifa World
Cup Tournament (Brazil 2014)
|First player aged 21 or under to |
score at least twice in three
consecutive Premier League
|Argentina all-time top goalscorer (70 goals)|
|Portugal’s all-time top goalscorer (99 goals)|| Top goalscorer in El Clasico |
|First Portuguese player to score a |
Premier League hat-trick
|Most trophies won by a Barcelona |
player (34 trophies)
| Real Madrid all-time top |
goalscorer 451 goals in 438 matches
|Most goals scored from a free kick in official competitions (46)|
| First player to score in seven |
consecutive away matches with at
least one goal scored in a single
Serie A season
| Top assist provider in Copa |
|Most headed goals at UEFA |
|Most man of the match awards (10) in Copa America|