Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated football in the last decade, sharing most the prestigious individual awards amongst themselves. The duo is considered as the greatest of all time due to their achievements and accolades won in their careers. Without any doubt, there has never been a rivalry as fierce, interesting and competitive as that of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. There have been millions of debates, articles and posts comparing the two players and till this moment, there is still no verdict on who is or has been the better player.
After analyzing Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's, I discovered some similarities between the two players in 2021. The year 2021 was a big year for both players as they unintentionally followed each other footsteps in terms of achievements and records.
1. Losing the league in the 2020/2021 season:
Coincidentally, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's team lost the league title to their rivals in the 2020/2021 season. Juventus has been a dominant force in the Italian Serie A, winning eight consecutive league titles until Inter Milan stopped them from the ninth last season. Also, Lionel Messi's Barcelona lost out in the 2020/2021 Spanish Laliga race as Atletico Madrid claimed the league title.
2. Winning a league cup;
Another striking resemblance between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's season in 2021 is that they both didn't finish the season trophyless after missing out on the Champions League and League titles.
Lionel Messi led Barcelona to their 31st Copa Dey Dey trophy after defeating Athletic Bilbao while Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus won the Copa Italia after defeating Atalanta.
3. Winning an international trophy:
After suffering several heartbreaks, Lionel Messi finally won an international trophy, exactly the same date and month Cristiano Ronaldo lifted the Euros Championship in 2016. Apparently, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are destined to be the two greatest of all time as they coincidentally won a major trophy for their country on the same day and month.
4. Winning two golden boots awards:
Coincidentally, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both won the Golden boot awards of their various domestic leagues. Cristiano Ronaldo won the Italian Serie A Golden boot award after finishing the season with 29 goals while Lionel Messi claimed the Spanish PichiPichi award after an outstanding season.
Also, both players won their various Continental competition golden boot awards. Lionel Messi won the Copa America Golden boot award while Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the Euros Championship Golden boot award.
5. Making massive transfer move in 2021:
Every football fan thought Lionel Messi will end his career at Barcelona due to his immense love for the Catalonia club but were disappointed after Lionel Messi left Barcelona due to forces beyond his power.
Lionel Messi was on verge of renewing his contract with Barcelona before the deal broke down due to Laliga financial constraints imposed on Barcelona. Lionel Messi had no choice but to join Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent, a transfer that shattered several records.
Cristiano Ronaldo on the other hand made a dramatic return to Manchester United even after confirming that he would remain in Juventus.
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