Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two best footballers of this generation by far. Both have achieved similar feats and the feats that most footballers only dream of achieving in their careers. Ronaldo and Messi have won various team and individual accolades during their career span but have divided opinion on who is better than who. Both stars enjoy a healthy relationship but their fans are more like enemies, who can put their life to prove that their candidate is better.
Here we will have a comparison on both stars attributes and strengths (even though we won’t pick a winner)
Lionel Messi is just mesmerizing with the ball in his feet. It feels like the ball has been glued with his feet as he makes his through the crowded defense of the opposition. Messi’s ball control is arguably the best a footballer has ever had. Ronaldo, on the other hand, depends on his trickery and pace to dribble past the defenders but Messi simply glides past defenders with a ball in his feet
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest headers of the ball. From the timing of his jump to the placement of the ball, he is the best in business. He puts in real neck muscle when he attacks the ball with his head. Messi is quite weak in this aspect of his game. Messi has been known for avoiding to head the ball as he had missed some straight forward headers in his exceptional career.
Cristiano Ronaldo has worked on this aspect of his game but has never really challenged Messi for the top spot (yes, there are better free-kick takers but we are comparing these two only). Ronaldo invented his very own knuckle ball free kick and show cased what he is capable of with some epic free kick goals to date but Messi has the edge over Ronaldo with his curling free kicks. Messi can curve the ball around the wall and right into the top corner leaving goalkeepers with no other choice than to stay still and watch as he celebrates his goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo gets the edge here as he is the most charismatic player to grace the field in recent history with his perfectly detailed abs to his finely trimmed eyebrows, he rocks the field with every action just by adding his very own X-factor. Messi, on the other hand, sticks to the old school with his traditional celebrations. Ronald has worked very hard on his physical appearance and has detailed each and every muscle while Messi has not been up to the standards of CR7 regarding refining his body.
Both players have been inspirational for their respective clubs and countries. Both of them make up for their game in some other aspect of the game for what they lack in their game. Both of them are world class and absolute legends, however, Ronaldo has earned a slight advantage over Messi as he inspired his Nation to the Euro 16 title. Messi is still only 29 years old and doesn’t be surprised to see him better Ronaldo’s record as he has time on his side.
Written By: Ashas Faraz