Ah, the debate of all debates in soccer- Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the world’s greatest soccer players, but which one is the best?
This is a rivalry that may not be matched again! It is tough question to answer when both are scoring consecutively each game and breaking world records. So let’s compare and break it down…
Ronaldo has averaged a goal every 77 minutes, playing 4,689 minutes. Messi is the first soccer player ever to score consecutively against all teams in a professional league. Ronaldo is the first player to score in every minute of a game.
On the other hand, both Messi and Ronaldo are the only soccer players in the world to have scored 60+ goals in all competitions in two seasons. They have left their own individual stamp on soccer history.
In other words, if you hadn’t already noticed, they’re both beasts.
People will always have a view, however, I think Lionel Messi is the better player. There, I said it!
At 24, Messi is taking over soccer with his countless goals and untold skill. Messi has won the most coveted prize, the Ballon d’Or, on three consecutive occasions, while Ronaldo has only won it one time in 2008.
According to Football Speak, Messi has scored 50 goals from 194 shots in La Liga this season which gives him a 25% conversion rate. That’s one-in-four chances! Ronaldo has scored 45 goals from 247 shots which works out to be 18%. Plus, Messi has played in more minutes than Ronaldo has. He ranks fourth in most minutes played, while Ronaldo falls five spots lower at ninth.
Also, how can you forget the 73 goals Messi scored for Barcelona this season! Even one of Ronaldo’s teammates, Fernando Gago, agrees that Messi is the best as he states,
“For me, the best in the world is Messi because of the way he plays, moves with the ball and changes matches, Messi has incredible ability and I love the way that he plays.”
And that’s how the cookie crumbles folks…
But hey, don’t sweat it Ronaldo. If this were a debate on looks you’d be winning the gold! 😉
But seriously… Look at that face! 😍 (SWOON.)