by Yousaf in Year 8
The question on every football enthusiasts mind for the past few years is who is the world’s greatest soccer player Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. Well with these facts and statistics let’s see if you can make up your mind.
Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi, born 24 June 1987, is an Argentine footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona . Often considered the best player in the world and rated by many in the sport as the greatest of all time, Messi is the only player in history to win five FIFA Ballon d'Or awards, four of which he won consecutively, and the first to win three European Golden Shoes. With Barcelona he has won eight La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and four Copas del Rey, among other trophies. Both a prolific goal scorer and a creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals scored in La Liga, a La Liga season (50), and a club football season in Europe (73), as well as those for most assists made in La Liga and the Copa América. He has scored over 500 senior career goals for club and country.
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, born 5 February 1985, is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He primarily plays as a forward, but has also been deployed as a winger and serves as captain for Portugal. In 2008, he won his first Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. Ronaldo then won the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2013 and 2014. In 2016, he received his fourth Ballon d'Or, the most for a European player in the history of the award, and the inaugural Best FIFA Men's Player. In 2015, Ronaldo scored his 500th senior career goal for club and country.
Cristiano Ronaldo will take on any defender with searing pace, and mesmerising footwork to boot. His ability to beat a player and to find the goal from any angle in open play, and at set-pieces. On the other hand Lionel Messi’s ball skills are second to none, his runs from midfield are usually lethal and he is almost impossible to tackle when he gets his head down. His balance when running at speed is incredible. These two are so alike that they play nearly the same.
Weaknesses on the Ball
Lionel Messi too often searches for a way to finish moves by him without looking for teammates in a better position to shoot at goal. Ronaldo’s weakness is on occasions, he goes to ground far too easily which attracts the ire of supporters and sometimes tries a trick when a simple pass would do. They have a major similarity and it is that they both want the glory and attention.
My personal opinion
I think Messi is the better football player because he has more technique on the ball and does not like to publicise himself as much as other players. Also as said by the great Maradona himself: "Messi is my Maradona,"
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