Alright guys, what has been the greatest football debate of all time ? Yes, you guessed right. It's Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi, and with both players having 11 Ballon D'or award's between them, they will surely go down in history as one of the greatest players in the history of football.
While some regard Lionel Messi as the greatest player in the world, others regard Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest player in the world as well. However, if we put aside our emotions and favoritism, we'll see that Cristiano Ronaldo is actually the greatest player in world football and is ahead of Messi by far.
First let's discuss more about their individual statistics.
Below are the ten (10) individual statistics between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi ;
10. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi Club Goals :
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more club goals than Lionel Messi even after his surprise move to Juventus.
Interestingly, Ronaldo's goal has deteriorated in recent years, he failed to break the 30-goals mark during his first season in Juventus, meanwhile Messi has been consistent. But in all these, Cristiano is still above Messi in total number of club goals.
9. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi Club Assists:
When it comes to assist, Messi has the upper hand obviously. It's unreal that he creates goals and also scores them.
8. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi Champions League Goals :
Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time goal scorer in the champions league, he owns that league and not even Messi can take it away from him.
7. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi International Goals :
According to euefa.com, Cristiano Ronaldo is just 8 goals away from being the highest International goal scorer of all time. He's currently on 102 goals while Messi is on 70 goals for Argentina.
Now, here are 6 reasons that shows why Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest of all time and is far ahead of Messi in the G.O.A.T race ;
6. Cristiano Ronaldo Has Proven Himself For 4 Different Clubs in 4 Different Leagues
While Messi has only played for one club his entire life and has found his comfort zone, from which he isn't willing to come out. Ronaldo on the other hand has taken up challenges even ones with uncertainty. From Sporting Lisbon, to Manchester United, to Real Madrid and now Juventus. He is surely one who accepts challenges rather than shirk from one.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo Is A Much More Complete Player Than Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo is strong on his left foot, right foot and header. Messi on the other hand is only strong on his left foot.
To be able to use both feet isn't a day's work. It's about determination and hard work which brings you to my next point.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo's Biggest Factor Isn't Just Talent But Also Hard Work.
Unlike his Brazilian namesake, Ronaldo and the likes of Maradona, Pele, Zinedine Zidane and his rival, Lionel Messi you'll notice that their talent has been the biggest factor in getting them to the top.
This isn't the same case for the Portuguese Ronaldo whose exceptional work-ethic has been the main reason he made it to the top of his profession. According to Daily star, a report claimed that Cristiano does 3,000 sit ups a day !
3. Ronaldo Is The Highest Ever Goal Scorer In The Champions League
The individual stats are evidence that he is the greatest player in history to ever grace the champions league. He has a staggering number of 130 goals in the league while Messi is currently on 100.
2. Ronaldo Has More Club Goals Than Lionel Messi
Ronaldo has scored 739 goals in his career and is edging close to being the highest goal scorer in football history, while Messi is currently at 704 career goals. He is very much behind.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo Is Considered The Greatest International Player Of All Time.
There is a reason why he's called the "King Of Portugal". Earlier this year, Cristiano made the starting line-up for Portugal against Sweden and he made his presence felt as he scored two thunderbolt goals from distance.
That's one of his best qualities.
Messi on the other hand is on 70 goals for Argentina and while he is some behind Argentina's top goal scorer, Diego Maradona, Ronaldo is not only Portugal's ever top goal scorer but also one the greatest international top goal scorer ever in history. That's quite a feat !
What do you think ? Who is considered the greatest of all time ? Cristiano Ronaldo ? Or Lionel Messi ? Let me know under the comment section.
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