Without a doubt, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of the best players of their generation.
These two have been frequently contrasted since they have dominated football for more than a decade, winning a total of 12 Ballon d’Or between them, with Ronaldo winning five and Messi winning seven, the most recent of which he earned last year.
Many football fans, pundits, and managers have voiced their opinions on who the best player is.
Because Messi now has two Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo’s one, most supporters may now say that the discussion is gone and that Messi is on another level.
Nonetheless, some people continue to compare Ronaldo to Messi, believing that Ronaldo is the superior player.
Here are some of the reasons why Ronaldo and Messi continue to be compared.
One of the reasons why some people compare Ronaldo to Messi is that he has more goals.
Ronaldo, on the other hand, is a goal-scoring machine who has made a name for himself.
Ronaldo has scored more goals than Messi.
However, we should keep in mind that Messi has a higher goal-scoring percentage and even has two more golden boots than Ronaldo.
Another reason why some fans, particularly Ronaldo fans, link him to Messi is the fact that he has won five Champions Leagues with two separate teams.
Ronaldo won his first Champions League with Manchester United in 2008, and then went on to win four more with Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, the Argentine star has won it four times, with Barcelona in 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2015.
One of the reasons for the comparisons to Messi is because of this.
Another factor is Ronaldo’s five Ballon d’Or.
There was no comparison back then when Ronaldo won his first Ballon d’Or in 2008 and Messi went on to win four consecutive Ballon d’Ors from 2009 to 2012.
But when he won it again in 2013 and 2014, the rivalry between them grew until Ronaldo ultimately leveled the ballon d’or in 2016 and 2017.
There would be no debate between Ronaldo and Messi if Ronaldo had only had one Ballon d’Or since then and Messi had seven.
So the fact that Ronaldo has five Ballon d’Ors is one of the reasons why some people still compare him to Messi, because the difference in Ballon d’Ors isn’t that great.
Rather than continuing to compare these two, we should all respect their achievements in football and appreciate why they play, as we will most likely not see them on the field again in the next five years.