What has been the biggest football debate of all time? Yup! you got it right. It’s Ronaldo vs Messi. The fans, the critics, the football stars, the coaches, the managers and it seems that everyone on the face of the earth who has anything to do with football has given his/her opinion on the matter.
Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi
Some regard Lionel Messi as the greatest footballer of all time, while others think that Ronaldo is the greatest footballer of all time. However, if we put our emotions and favoritism aside and focus on stats & reality we will realize that Ronaldo is surely ahead in the GOAT debate, though Messi is richer than Ronaldo.
13 Reasons Why Cristiano Ronaldo Is Better Than Lionel Messi
13. Cristiano Ronaldo has more goals than Lionel Messi in the club career. Ronaldo has scored 674 goals in his club career, while Messi has scored 672 goals in his club career.
12. Ronaldo has proven himself in 4 different clubs in 4 different leagues. While Messi has only played for just two clubs in his career (Barcelona and PSG) and has found a comfort zone, from which he is not willing to come out.
11. Ronaldo has 1 major International Trophy. Messi has none.
10. Ronaldo is the highest ever goalscorer in the Champions League with 120 goals, while Messi is at second with 103 goals.
9. Ronaldo has more International goals than Messi. CR7 has scored 85 goals, while Messi has scored 65 goals in his International career.
8. Ronaldo has much better leadership skills and knows how to carry his team and inspire them to victories under crucial circumstances. Messi on the other hand has shown again and again that he gives up under pressure and becomes totally silent on the field.
7. Ronaldo is a much more complete player than Lionel Messi. Ronaldo is strong on his right foot, left foot, and head. Messi on the other hand is only strong on the left foot.
6. Ronaldo is faster than Messi. This is a no-brainer. We have seen time and again Ronaldo beat defenders with his incredible pace. Messi on the other hand is a great dribbler but he does not have the same pace as Ronaldo.
5. Ronaldo is much better at Penalties than Messi. He is able to score those crucial penalties under pressure. Messi on the other hand seems to crumble under pressure and is not reliable when it comes to converting penalties.
4. Ronaldo is a major threat on crosses and corners, due to his amazing heading ability. Messi on the other hand is not a major threat on aerial balls in the box, due to his short height and average heading.
3. Ronaldo is a much more marketable player than Messi. The primary reason behind this is his better footballing abilities and excellent style on and off the pitch. So the big companies see Ronaldo as a better option for marketing than Messi.
2. Ronaldo is a better sportsman and knows how to face defeat. Messi on the other hand has been seen taking retirements after facing embarrassing defeats. And then taking back those retirements.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo is considered the greatest ever footballer for his country, Portugal. Messi on the other hand is still considered to be behind Maradona by some.
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