Lionel Messi, the little magician is an outright legend of soccer. Fan bases and soccer pundits around the world, have often acknowledged him as the â€śGOATâ€ť- the greatest of all time. The Argentine maestro casts a spell of magic every time he steps up on the field of soccer. Needless to say, he strikes fear in the opponent camp and is a component of nightmares for defenders.
1. Team Game â€“ who is better messi or ronaldo
Anyone who plays or follows soccer would understand the importance of team game. No matter how big or dexterous a player is, if heâ€™s not helping his teammates, the game cannot be won.
Messi is not only one a cut above others in skills, but his mental reading of the game is also second to none. It is the mental framework that helps him realize who is the best player to score from a certain attack. As a result, it is reflected in the wins churned out for Barcelona.
Ronaldo, though heâ€™s a great ambassador of the game, he is often criticized for being selfish before the goal. In Barcelona, it is seen how teammates flock around Leo who helps in providing assists. Whereas, Ronaldo at times is a lonely figure at the front. Messi can easily fit in any outfit across the globe, but for Ronaldo, it is not so. Cristiano is a sheer mismatch for teams playing possession-based football.
2. Messi is much disciplined than Ronaldo.
While it comes to discipline, the Argentine has far better records then the Portuguese. Throughout their career, the difference in the attitude of both the legends is striking enough.
While Ronaldo is known for his witty remarks on and off the field, his cocky attitude has often put him in trouble. Though Messi is one of the most tackled players in the history of the game his calmness personifies a soothing aura.
In his entire career till date, Messi has received 77 yellow cards and 2 paltry red cards (both coming in international matches for Argentina). On the other hand, Ronaldo has 120 yellow cards to his name and has been sent off 11 times. Messi has been suspended for 4 games. Whereas, Ronaldo has suffered a similar fate in 24 matches.
3. Messi international record.
This was a point where Ronaldo used best Messi and all Ronaldo lovers,used to point out. But may we remind you,every time Ronaldo has led Portugal into champions have only disappointment Ronaldo simply isn't a leader that players look up to. He's selfish he's way to drama to the ground in every opportunity that he gets. Messi on the other hand led his team to the world cup and gave a good fight to Germany. He is single handedly led the team from all the way in the group stage beat that Ronaldo!
4. Messi is a perpetual goal scorer.
Ronaldo might be a goal scorer but Messi adds the word "perpetual" before it. Scoring 91 goals in a single season is a feat that Ronaldo can only dream of achieving.
5. Goal Scoring Prowess â€“ who has more goals Messi or Ronaldo
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Every time you sit down between a Ronaldo and Messi fan, you get engrossed in their heated arguments. Questions like- has Ronaldo scored more goals than Messi or has Messi scored more goals than Ronaldo spice it up.
A plethora of goals in each playerâ€™s kitty reflects their hunger for goals. While in the Champions League, Ronaldo is the highest goal scorer, in La Liga it is LM10 (Leo). Messi had scored a jaw-dropping 91 goals in a season that is God-like. Considering the ages of both the players, Messi has a great chance of going past Ronaldoâ€™s goal scoring tally.
A recent report by michelacosta.com highlights the scoring tally of the two legends. Ronaldo has scored 725 goals in 1002 matches at an average of 0.72 goals per match. Whereas, Messi has netted 699 goals out of 859 matches at an impressive 0.81 goals per match.
5. Messi has more awards than Ronaldo.
If you step back and look at the awards and distinctions these player have achieved for themselves or other nation/club,there is not much to differentiate between the two of them, Messi has more gold (speaking metaphorically) thank Ronaldo or any other footballer in the world. He has also 4 Ballon d' awards,which he won consecutively which is a record in itself.
In terms of accuracy, Lionel Messi stands a cut above the rest. The Barca skipper has staggering numbers to his credit. He is almost as accurate as a calculator. Makes us wonder, how many goals has Messi scored in his career.
While Messiâ€™s average goal scoring rate is a whopping 0.81 per game which is far better than Ronaldoâ€™s. Ronaldo lags at 0.72 goals per game, even though he has played nearly 150 more games.
Out of the 75 tournaments Messi has taken part in, his team has won 35 of them. The win ratio here is 46.67, which is 39.74 for Ronaldo. Cristianoâ€™s team has won 31 out of the 78 tournaments that he has participated in. It is without any doubt that the Argentine is far more accurate than the Portuguese.
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