Don’t you just a love good old ‘Who’s the Greatest Debate?’
It’s been raging for ages hasn’t it? Who’s better – Messi or Ronaldo?
Well, guess what?
These guys have smashed so many records between them and been so far out in front of the rest of the pack that, frankly, it simply doesn’t matter.
And here’s a few reasons why:
Ballon D’or Galore
In 2010 the France Football European Footballer of the Year Award and the FIFA World Footballer of the Year Award merged together to become one overriding award to crown the best male footballer on the planet.
Since this inception Messi has won it twice, Ronaldo has won it twice.
Nobody else has won it.
Goals, Goals, Goals
- In the 2011-2012 season Messi and Ronaldo scored 96 league goals between them. Premier League Champions Manchester City scored 93.
- Messi and Ronaldo are the only players who’ve scored more than 60 goals in all competitions on more than one occasion.
- Messi’s 73 goals in the 2012 season is the most any single player has managed in one season in a European league.
- Ronaldo’s 4 European Golden Boot Awards is more than any other player in history.
Their Reign in Spain
- The 61 goals that Ronaldo scored in the 2014-15 season is the most achieved by any player to ever where the white of Los Blancos. Better than Puskas, DiStefano, Raul, Ronaldo (the other one), Raul, Sanchez and, well, everyone actually.
- Messi’s 412 goals makes him Barcelona’s all-time record goalscorer. Better than Maradona, Ronaldo (the other one) Eto’o, Cruyff, Linekar, Laudrup, Romario and everyone else.
- Both men share the record of most hat-tricks scored in a single Spanish League season (8 apiece).
- Speaking of hat-tricks, Messi’s 32 Barcelona hat-tricks in all competitions is a Spanish record, whereas Ronaldo’s 27 in La Liga is more than any other player in history (Messi included).
- In 2012-13 Messi scored against 19 different opponents over the course of the season. This would equal the record set by, you guessed it, Ronaldo one year earlier.
Not content with demolishing all and sundry on a domestic level, the pair / rivals have pretty much carved up the the continent with their devilishly devastating ways.
- Of Messi’s 3 Champions League triumphs (he missed the 2006 victory through injury) he’s managed to get on the score sheet in 2 of the finals (against Manchester United in 2009 and again in 2011).
- Not to be outdone, Ronaldo has found himself on the scoreboard in 2 successful Champions League finals as well (In 2008 for Manchester United vs Chelsea and then again in 2014 for Real against Atletico).
Ah yes, I hear the cry – all well and good but neither have done it on the international stage have they? You know, like Maradona or Pele or the like who’ve led their countries to world cup glory.
Well, no – that’s true. Doesn’t stop Ronaldo being his country’s all-time record goalscorer though does it – ahead of Eusebio. Or the fact that Messi has already soared past Maradona’s goals numbers for Argentina.
And really, are people seriously suggesting that winning the Champions League is inferior these days to the World Cup when virtually every top player on the planet is involved in that particular tournament?
So there you go. Ronaldo and Messi are the greatest players on the planet; their achievements unlikely to surpassed for generations to come.
And who’s the best?