Messi and another professional football player, Cristiano Ronaldo, have been the topic of one of the longest debates in football history. The debate over who is the greatest footballer of all time (GOAT). The news is inundated with comparisons of Lionel Messi and Cristiano's exploits and achievements. Both players appear to be standing in the way of one another when it comes to deciding who deserves to be crowned the best player of all time.
However, like every normal person in life, both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have had a fair share of criticism. The focus of this article is on Lionel Messi and how he is proving his critics, who are mostly Cristiano Ronaldo's fans, right with his stats for PSG.
Messi, who has often been drawn in comparison to Ronaldo, has been with Barcelona since his teenage years. Messi has played as a player at Barca since he first came into the limelight at the under-21 World Cup in 2005. And from then on, Lionel Messi had an amazing career with Barcelona. At Barcelona, Messi was seen as a semi-god. He scored a total of 672 goals in all competition for Barcelona. Aside from his goal records, Messi also won 34 trophies with Barcelona, including four Champions League trophies.
However, his critics argue that he would never have achieved all this if he had switched clubs like his rival Cristiano Ronaldo did. His critics claim that Ronaldo has played in different leagues and in all these leagues, he has not just succeeded, but proven himself to be one of the best players you can find. For example, Cristiano Ronaldo moved from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United, and while at Man United, he won his first Ballon D'Or award. He went to Real Madrid and achieved greater things, winning the UCL four times, as well as numerous individual awards. Before eventually moving to Juventus and then back to Manchester United, where he is now.
Messi's critics claim that if he leaves Barcelona like Cristiano did, he will not be as successful as he was there. According to his critics, this is a very significant parameter for determining who the greatest player of all time should be.
But given time and a change in circumstances, Messi, who had initially thought about ending his football career at Barcelona, finally moved from Spain to France. This time to a more established club, PSG.
When the news broke out that Lionel Messi was signing for French giant PSG, people felt like this was the missing piece of the puzzle in the GOAT debate. Considering that Messi recently lifted the Copa America trophy, his first ever trophy for Argentina.
However, six weeks into the current season, Messi has failed to score in a PSG shirt, in either the league or the Uefa Champions League. And most recently, in a Ligue 1 match against Lyon, he was substituted off and replaced by Achraf Hakimi in the 76th minute, a decision Messi did not support.
However, after hearing the coach's post-match statement, it appears that his choice to take Messi off was purely tactical. Which is an indication that Messi is yet to discover himself. In stark contrast, his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored a total of 4 goals in 3 matches for his new club, Manchester United, and played the entire duration of the win against West Ham on Sunday.
When will Messi score his first goal for PSG? Will he be as successful as he was at Barcelona? These are questions that must be answered, and Messi will have to do so over time, given the ongoing argument over who the best player of all time is.
But with each match in which Messi fails to score, his critics have more cause to believe that they are right in their assertions about Messi. How Messi responds to this will be seen in the coming days.
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