MESSI VS RONALDO- WHO IS BETTER?
The rivalry between Messi vs Ronaldo did not end with them but also extends to their club and fans. This had lead to an increase in desire of these players to score more goals ,display more skills, avoid injuries and hence make themselves available for almost every match in every season.
Both (MESSI VS RONALDO) players have been competing on number of goals, assists and appearances. Their performances in their various clubs and leagues still looks competitive and close as Ronaldo has not had not less than 5 goals, 1 assist, 9 appearances for Juventus and Messi, nothing less than 2 goals, 3 assists, 6 appearances for Barcelona this season.
The 34 years old Cristiano Ronaldo, who was born on February 5, 1985, started his career in Sporting Lisbon (2002-2003), he joined Manchester United between 2003 and remained in the club until 2009 when he moved to Real Madrid and did not leave club until 2018 when he transferred to Juventus where he plays till date.
The Portuguese national had won the Ballon d’Or 5 times after having an edge over nominees in the years 2008 ,2013, 2014, 2016, 2017. The 2016 and 2017 Best FIFA Men’s player won the UEFA Champions League during the 2007/08 season with Manchester United and also with Real Madrid in 2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons. This had made the whole world to compare him with Lionel Messi or Lionel Messi compared with him.
Lionel Messi, born on 24 June 1987, started his career in Barcelona in 2004 and remain in the club till date. Being, also, a very hard working player like Ronaldo he was named 5 times balloon d’or winner in the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
The Argentine won the Best Fifa Men’s Player in 2019 and has claimed his four champions league titles during the 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2014/15 editions with Barcelona.
Comparing the two of them, all-time, one cannot easily draw conclusion on who is better than the other except that one go carefully through statistics. Statistics had shown that Career goal ratio of Ronaldo to be 0.72 and that of Messi to be 0.81.
Ronaldo had had 701 goals 219 assists in 975 appearances while Messi had had unto himself 673 goals, 275 assists, in 829 appearances, all excluding club friendlies. Despite the fact Ronaldo has more hat-tricks, 54, than Messi, 51, and Penalties 113 (23 missed) and Messi, 84 (25 missed), the number of appearances had made Ronaldo’s rating to be less than that of Messi.
Messi had won the European Golden Shoe 6 times in 2009/10 (34 goals), 2011/12 ( 50 goals), 2012-13 ( 46 goals), 2016/17 ( 37 goals), 2017/18 ( 34 goals) and 2018/19 (36 goals) seasons while Ronaldo had only won the European Golden Shoe four times in 2007/08 (31 goals), 2010/11 (40 goals), 2013/14 (31 goals ,in a tie with Luis Suarez) and 2014/15 (48 goals) seasons.
Christiano Ronaldo had 1 World Cup goal in 2006, 1 in 2010, 1 in 2014, and 4 in 2018 while Lionel Messi had 1 World Cup goal in 2006, no goal in 2010, 4 goals in 2014 and 1 in 2018. International goal ratio: Ronaldo 0.58; Messi 0.50.
Ronaldo has won 3 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup, 2 English Football League Cup, 2 La Liga titles, 2 Copa del Rey, 2 Spanish Supercup, 5 Uefa Champions League, (four with Real Madrid, one with Man Utd), 2 Uefa Super Cup, 4 Fifa Club World Cup (three with Real Madrid, one with Man Utd), 1 Portugal Super Cup, 1 Supercoppa Italiana, 1 Serie A titles, 1 Uefa European Championship titles (2016), 1 Uefa Nations League titles (2019) while Messi had won 10 La Liga titles, 6 Copa del Rey,7 Spanish Supercup, 4 Uefa Champions League, 3 Uefa Super Cup, 3 Fifa Club World Cup, 1 Fifa U-20 World Cup (2005), 1 Olympic Gold Medal (2008).
In conclusion, this write up is not for the purpose of drawing conclusion on who is better between Messi vs Ronaldo but to educate the people and give every reader or football fan opportunity to draw his or her conclusion as both players are truly outstanding and one should take a careful look on statistics. Save my name, email, and website during this browser for subsequent time I comment.