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OPINION: Leo Messi Will Need More Than Magic To Outshine Cristiano Ronaldo This Season.

Lionel Messi has begun his new career at Paris Saint Germain on a poor start with the Argentine yet to score nor assist a goal in his three appearances for the club.

Last night, he was in the starting lineup to face Lyon but failed to create an impact with the only closest chance coming in the first half when he struck the angle post from his 25-yard free-kick.

He was then subbed in the 76th minutes by Pochettino with the Argentine legend looking dejected as he walked past the coach. It was a great call by the coach as he was absolutely below par in the match.

In the three times, Messi has featured for the French side, he looked derailed of confidence, pace and brilliance as compared to the talismanic Messi everyone idolised at FC Barcelona.

Could it be that the expectation of the club is weighing him down? Of course, he should have expected that nothing goes for nothing and soon enough if he doesn't start scoring, he will be a subject of mockery even to the Parisian supporters.

To make his case even more complicated, he blew away a close-range opportunity on more than two occasions during their Champions League match against Club Brugge with another miss in their match last night.

The coach's decision not to let him take the penalty kick against Lyon is a great one. Judging from his body movements last night, there's a chance that he could have missed the spot-kick which would have compounded his worries. Messi is struggling with confidence and sooner or later, he could end up a flop.

Cristiano Ronaldo on the other hand is scoring for fun in the English Premier League and European competition. He barely misses an opportunity and doesn't need three or four touches to score a goal.

His positioning and sharpness on the ball are second to none across the five major Leagues in Europe for a player his age. With the way the all-time international top scorer is going, he could bang as many as 30 goals and above across all competitions this season for the Red Devils.

He is in one of the best forms of his career and he is already living to his promise of not coming to Manchester United for "vacation" but to score goals. He has scored four goals in three appearances across all competitions for the club.

His first two goals came on his second debut against Newcastle United, the third was in the UEFA Champions League and the last goal was against West Ham United yesterday. He is already in contention for the EPL player of the month and on a run to grab the award for the first ten goals in the league.

He already matched Lionel Messi's record of scoring against 36 different teams in the UEFA Champions League and yesterday, he increased his tally of scoring at 66 different stadiums in his career which is followed by Ibrahimovic on 64.

Cristiano Ronaldo is already on a mission of winning trophies with Manchester United and becoming the best in the world while Messi is still trying to find his way around Paris.

With such form in which Cristiano is in right now, Leo Messi will find it extremely difficult to meet up to speed not alone outshine the Portuguese international. He will beyond magic to achieve such a feat.

PHOTO CREDITS: Google Images, Getty Images, Sky Sports, Goal.

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