Over the last decade, we have seen countless football records smashed in an era dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The pair have stood on top of the football world for years and have reached heights that many believed to be impossible. Even in their thirties, they remain hungry for greater things.
The 2021 Ballon d'Or is edging closer and a lot of top football players are looking forward to making the final list of the prestigious Ballon d'Or awards. Despite competition from the likes of Benzema, Jorginho, Ronaldo, and Lewandowski, Lionel Messi is the favorite footballer who should win the Ballon d'Or award.
I have noticed that these 2 players rejected a gesture that was shown to them after arriving at their new club, in this article, I will be showing you the reason why these 2 players rejected to take the famous shirt number, in their new club. 1.
The most beautiful thing about football and why billions of people worldwide love and are passionate about the round leather sport is the fact that it's entertainment knows no bound.photo credit: getty images From the heartbreak of losing a match to the thrills and overwhelming emotions that is felt when: a goal is scored, match is won and trophy is won, football is life and people live for it.photo credit: getty images
For the first time in 16 years, the El Clásico will not feature either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. It was going to happen because these players would someday retire, but many didn't expect it to happen now. The El Clásico is the biggest game in Spanish football, it is also one of the biggest games in the world because Barcelona and Real Madrid are like the biggest football brands.
1. Barcelona 4-0 AC Milan (Champions League Round of 16, 2013) In 2013, the Blaugrana went head to head with AC Milan in the round of 16 stage. The first leg didn't go as expected for Barcelona, after several attempts, they couldn't secure a single goal, and the match ended at 2:0, in favor of the Italian side.
Football has produced some of the best attacking Players and teams in the game's history. These Players and teams have scored lots of goals and are regarded as some of the best attacking sides. Football has also produced some of the best attacking trios in the game's history starting from the great Brazilian team of 2002 and that of the recent fearsome Barcelona attacking trio that were close to being unplayable.
Since his return to Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo has been in great form. The Portuguese has so far scored 6 goals in 8 appearances for the Red Devils. When it comes to goals, the Portuguese is currently a step ahead of most strikers. He is the highest goalscorer internationally and has won 4 European Golden Boots.
The debate on who is football's greatest of all times (G.O.A.T.) has been on for a very long time. This is due largely to the fact that the game continues to produce so many amazing talents, era after era. Interestingly, no individual has ever been officially named as the greatest player of any era, because every era produces unique and immensely gifted players.
There is always this discussion about Messi being both a playmaker and also a striker thereby making him the most complete player ever. But Ronaldo fans insist that if Messi is a playmaker, then Ronaldo is also a playmaker. It is laughable, just like saying "since Ronaldo is over 6 ft tall, Messi too is over 6 ft tall"
Real Madrid is considered to be one of the best clubs in Europe. They are one of the best clubs in Spain alongside their rivals, Barcelona. We have always witnessed left-footed players play ball and we can all testify that these players are naturally talented as they can do wonders with the ball.
La Liga has some sort of restrictions regarding jersey numbers. Now regarding honoring Messi. I am not concerned about jersey numbers. However, it could have been a nice gesture if Barcelona at least had tried to retire his iconic number 10 in honor of Messi, but they did not.
With 1550 goals scored and 70 trophies won, Messi and Ronaldo have been the two best players in the 21st century and perhaps the greatest of all time. In the last 15 years, their presence in the football scenes has contributed tremendously to the beauty of the game and to this, many of their fans are not prepared for see them retire just yet.
Messi played in the last 3 El Clásico, but Barcelona didn't win any of them. Now that the club is beginning to come out of the crisis, they are lost a fourth consecutive game against Real Madrid. I understand that many Barcelona fans are not happy with the result of the El Clásico, some of them expected the defeat.
Sunday brings the 247th official edition of El Clasico, the eternal rivalry between La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, Carlo Ancelotti will be facing Barcelona for the first during his second spell at Real Madrid. Unfortunately, he won't be having Cristiano Ronaldo, but Benzema's recent performances have shown that height does not need the five-time Balon D'or winner.
Messi now has more non-penalty goals than Ronaldo In 144 fewer games as he overtakes his Man United rival
Lionel Messi has scored more non-penalty goals than Cristiano Ronaldo in 144 fewer games. Messi has 654 non-penalty goals in 144 fewer games than the captain of Portugal. Ronaldo, on the other hand, has scored 118 goals from open play or free kicks in the Champions League, compared to Messi's 106.
There is no doubt that the El Clasico lost it's glamour and colour after the exit of Ronaldo. Now that Messi also moved to France, the excitement may not even show forth as we have a more stabilised Madrid side than Barclona. The true feelings may have been defeated but there is always a thing about Clasico, the Rivalry and the war.
El Clásico will enter a new era this Sunday at Camp Nou as it will be the first game between Barcelona and Real Madrid since 2005 without Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. Now Karim Benzema wants to show that he is worth being the undisputed star of the Clásico.
Former Barcelona Star Hits Out at Cristiano Ronaldo After Portuguese Legend Declares Himself As Goat
According to SPORTbible, a former Barcelona midfielder has slammed former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo for declaring himself the GOAT. When he was at the Spanish club in 2017, Ronaldo declared himself to be the best player the world had ever seen. Ronaldo, who has complete faith in himself, declared himself the greatest footballer of all time after winning his fifth Ballon d'Or.
The greatest debate in the history of football has been this one question. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who is the better player? The better player between both automatically becomes the greatest player of all time because what these 2 players have achieved can't be compared to what other greats have achieved.