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The GOAT debate: What Cristiano Ronaldo has done lately to outshine Lionel Messi

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The debate about who is better between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo almost always activates once there is something new they have achieved.

Comparisons about who the better footballer is between the two has in recent years become so commonplace that it is now expected!

When either of them equals or breaks a record, it is talked about in relation to what his rival has done or not done.

The same superiority argument also follows other spheres of achievements -- goals, assists, hattricks, freekicks, number of collective and individual titles won, goals scored from penalties, national team goals, wealth, endorsements and even number of followers on their various social media platforms!

TRANSFERS: THE MESSI/RONALDO WAY

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Football fans all over the world did not let the recent transfers of both players pass without also trying to make something out of it.

Lionel Messi, after almost two decades of loyalty to Spanish club, FC Barcelona, suddenly found himself out of a contract following the club's inability to afford his wages.

Finding no alternative left, he had agreed to start a new life in far away Paris with PSG.

The French giants wasted no time to put down the high wages and he duly signed a two-year contract.

The move generated perhaps the biggest interest among football followers during the summer more for the fact that it was something novel for a player who once said he would retire at Barcelona.

That singular move by the Argentine superstar, especially following his long awaited conquest of the Copa America title, shot his popularity to new heights as the number of his followers on Instagram increased.

And, as if on cue, Cristiano Ronaldo would follow suit as he, too, didn't want to be left out of the transfer orgy.

With barely a week to the close of the summer transfer window, news of the Portuguese superstar's desire to leave Juventus because of the club's complaints about his high wages began to gain currency with Paris St Germain and Manchester City being touted as possible destinations.

Soon, Manchester City started negotiations to sign him.

However, a new twist was introduced into the transactions when former club, Manchester United decided to hijack the deal more out of a desire to stop their former player from going to their bitter city rivals than out of real necessity.

Well, Ronaldo ended up signing for his old club as Manchester City lost out in the deal.

LIFE AFTER TRANSFERS

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Both players have however had differing fortunes since joining their various teams.

While Ronaldo appears to be having a rollicking time, scoring goals at Manchester United, Messi has so far failed to score his first goal as a player of Paris St Germain.

Ronaldo has featured in four matches for United and scored in all -- 3 goals in the Premier League and 1 in the UEFA Champions League.

Messi has meanwhile failed to hit the ground running at PSG with successive games without so far netting a goal.

The Argentine midfielder had been so out of sorts in PSG's league game with Lyon on Sunday night at the Parc des Princes that he had to be substituted.

PSG manager, Mauricio Pochettino when asked later about why he pulled out the 6-time Ballon d'Or winner midway into the game, he said he it was for the overall interest of the team.

He however denied that his compatriot was angry for being substituted in his first home game in which he hit the bar and showed flashes of his old self.

TEMPORARY SETBACK OR A DECLINE?

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There is already talk that Messi's move away from Barcelona in such an unexpected manner may have had a hand in the way he has fared so far in the colours of Paris St Germain.

Those who know the 34-year old insist his slow pace in adapting to a new set of teammates in a new league may not necessarily mean he won't soon burst into a run of form that could see him competing with Ronaldo on the goal-scoring charts again.

And knowing how he has often bounced back from adversities to deliver for his fans on a consistent basis in the past, nothing can be impossible for Lionel Messi.

For now, however, Ronaldo can steal the spotlight and have a field day!

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