In the last 15 years, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have served fans wonderfully in the world of football and it is safe to say that they have earned themselves seats on the table of the greatest players of all time. Needful to say that although there have been other excellent footballers, none has enjoyed the level of consistency we've witnessed in Messi and Ronaldo and this begs the question, what has been the secret ingredient to their stellar careers?
The Messi-Ronaldo rivalry has been the biggest we've seen in world football. The competition, the obsession and the quest to become the best pushed these two players to offer nothing short of excellence on the pitch. Unlike most rivalries that are usually characterized with bitterness, that of Messi and Ronaldo have been filled with respect as each player only desires to be on top of their game and win titles.
However, it won't be out of place to say that seeing the other player win hasn't always gone down well with each of them, but instead of staying jealous, they saw it as a motivation to do better. As further proof that their rivalry positively shaped their careers, read what they once said about each other;
The Argentine and the Portugese have led incredible careers, altogether they have played 2017 games, scored 1542 goals and won a combined 70 silverwares coupled with numerous individual awards. All these they have attained thanks to their rivalry which made it possible for them to stay on top of their games every year. Moreso, in the past, we witnessed some great players like Ricardo Kaka, Ronaldinho who all had a bright start, but due to the absent of any real competition, they had underwhelming endings to their careers. This is to say that perhaps they might not be a superstar Cristiano Ronaldo today without Lionel Messi and same goes for the Argentine.In more ways than one, the Messi-Ronaldo rivalry has been the secret ingredient to their illustrious careers and despite their increasing age, they still seem to have more to offer on the football pitch.
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