RONALDO vs MESSI: Who is the best- The great debate
There is never ending debate going on whether Ronaldo or Messi is the better footballer, with general opinion completely divided. Fans just can’t stop comparing, but both have got a different style of play. They both are great, Ronaldo is more athletic and is there because of dedication and hard work. Messi, on the other hand, has a natural gift of balance and control over the football. So before we decide who is a better, we should look at some of the facts of both players.
Ronaldo has got a better wrong foot than Messi. He is better in the air than Messi. Ronaldo is helpful in defending a set piece for his team. Ronaldo had succeeded in EPL too and it is considered as the toughest league in the world. Messi has a better overall goal average than Ronaldo but it shouldn’t consider who is better.
As Ronaldo had played at different position (traditional winger) before joining Real. At Real Ronaldo plays at a similar position where Messi plays, just behind the NO.9. Since 2009-10 season Ronaldo goal average is 0.91 (played 490, 446 goals). Messi goal average is 0.92 (played 510, 470 goals). So there is not much of a difference in goal scoring ability.
As Ronaldo plays for Portugal, Europe has the most number of better teams compare to Messi’s South America. Even a world cup regular Holland couldn’t qualify for Euro 16. Ronaldo has won a continental trophy, Messi is yet to win it. But it was more of a luck which did it for Portugal, was the only team to go through to knockout stage without a win in a group stage.
Ronaldo has been depicted as an arrogant and has seen getting frustrated in the games, probably because he is emotional and hate losing.
Messi is a better dribbler than Ronaldo, Messi is a better assist maker than Ronaldo, as it was clearly visible last season as he often drops towards midfield to create chances for Neymar and Suarez. Messi is considered as the one to play the game fairly, he has just received one red card in his career compared to Ronaldo 9 red cards.
Messi is younger than Ronaldo so it likely that Messi will have more Ballon D’or than Ronaldo when they retire.Tough Messi has won the golden ball in world cup 2014, it did raise some eyebrows. Even Maradona said that Messi was not the best player and won the award for marketing reasons. He is the global ambassador of Adidas and Adidas was the official partner of FIFA world cup 2014.
Messi had won the Olympic gold but major footballing nation don’t take Olympics seriously. Brazil with 5 world cup just won the first ever gold at Olympics at Rio 2016. Messi has been at Barcelona since the age of 13. At Barcelona, he has been surrounded by the youth product of La Masia, who had been thought to play a particular kind of football. Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Busquets, and Andre Iniesta are the regular player for Barcelona at present who are their youth product. So there will always be a question whether Messi will succeed at a different club the way he has succeeded in Barcelona.
Though many people talk about Messi being loyal to his club like Totti being loyal to Roma. But Totti had choices as from Roma he could have gone to any other better clubs, Messi has no choice, not definitely at this stage of his career. There are no other teams who are better than Real Madrid and Barcelona at present and it is unlikely that he will join real Madrid.
And you have to look at Pep story too (he too is the product of Barcelona). Pep in his first season as a manager won the treble with Barcelona (4 seasons, 14 trophies). He then went to Bayern Munich and in his first season won Bundesliga and German cup (3 seasons, 7 trophies). Then he joined EPL last season, he failed to win a single trophy.
At the end of the day, there will always be things which Messi hasn’t done what Ronaldo did and Ronaldo hasn’t done what Messi did. The debate over who is better will likely forever remains like a large fire that is dangerously out of control. But it is important for fans to stop comparing and appreciate the brilliance of both. When they will retire records will then stays for years rather broken every season. Scoring a half a century goals per season will again become hard to come by rather expectation for every season. Winning a Ballon d’or will become once in a lifetime achievement rather than trying to win it every season. So until both retire let’s enjoy both while they are still around.
The debate over who is better will likely forever remains like a large fire that is dangerously out of control. But it is important for fans to stop comparing and appreciate the brilliance of both. When they will retire records will then stays for years rather broken every season. Scoring a half a century goals per season will again become hard to come by rather expectation for every season. Winning a Ballon d’or will become once in a lifetime achievement rather than trying to win it every season. So until both retire let’s enjoy both while they are still around.