The game of football has witnessed a lot of prolific Players who operated a career laden with trophies both at International level and club level, and they also won a commendable number of individual honors for themselves.
Players like Pele, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Alfredo Di Stefano, Andre Iniesta, David Villa, Frank Lampard, Thierry Henry, Gianluigi Buffon, Ronaldinho, Lev Yashin, Romario, Paulo Maldini, Gerd Muller, Michel Platini, Ronaldo, Ferenc Puskas and Johan Cruyff among others are the names that comes to mouth when mentioning great Players that made unquestionable impact in football.
However, the argument about who's the greatest Player of all-time has always been a two-horse race with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo being at the helm of that lengthy debate. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not in any official competition with each other but they are not slowing down for each other.
Cristiano Ronaldo recently set the record for the highest number of Goals scored in the history of Men's International Football. Days after that, Lionel Messi broke Pele's record to become the highest South American Goalscorer.
Although, Lionel Messi has one Ballon D'or more than Cristiano Ronaldo which should be enough to put the debate to rest, the Argentine Playmaker is a better and completed player than Cristiano Ronaldo at their current age.
Cristiano Ronaldo, throughout his career at Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus, never recorded 300 assists. His career assists for the clubs he has played for is just 229. Then, there's Lionel Messi who has recorded 301 assists in his club career.
Diego Maradona is one of the best Players in the world. Even Lionel Messi held the late Football Star in high regards but in terms of goals, Diego Maradona isn't anywhere near Lionel Messi.
Diego Maradona played at Napoli, Sevilla and Barcelona. His total goals for the three clubs was 153, not even close to 200 goals. Lionel Messi has scored 672 goals in his club career.
Before the retirement of Gianluigi Buffon, the Italian Goalkeeper made it obvious that he wanted to win the UEFA Champions League trophy. This was why he left PSG to join Juventus but at the end, he wasn't able to win it. Then there's Lionel Messi who has won 4 UEFA Champions League in his career.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi used to have something in common, and I'm not talking about the loudness of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. What they had in common before was that both of them didn't win any International Trophy. Lionel Messi has left Zlatan Ibrahimovic in that club after inspiring the Argentina National team to the Copa America this year.
Neymar wanted a Ballon D'or and that was why he left Barcelona to join PSG in 2017. 5 years in Paris and no Ballon D'or award for Neymar Jr yet.
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