Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are among the best football players nowadays. Both plays as a forward for their national teams and clubs. Both of them are considered the greatest football players of the current era as well as all-time. In recent years, a great rivalry has been developed between both the players as well as their fans worldwide. So, nowadays Messi vs Ronaldo is considered the most discussed rivalry.
Before talking about their rivalry in detail, let’s have a look at their records, awards, and other statistics.
Messi vs Ronaldo Facts & Figures:
All these figures are as per 20 December 2017.
|Clubs||Barcelona||Manchehster United, Real Madrid|
|FIFA World Player of the year||1||1|
|The Best FIFA Men's Player||0||2|
|European Golden Shoe||4||4|
|FIFA Club World Cup Best Player||2||1|
|EUFA Champions League Goals||114||97|
|La Liga Goals||362||289|
|Total Club Goals||536||545|
|World Cup Goals||5||3|
|FIFA Club World Cup Goals||5||7|
If you have read the table closely, you can clearly see that there is not much difference in their records and statistics. Messi has a lead over Ronaldo in some areas while on the other side Ronaldo is on top of some of the records. Still, there are some strengths and weaknesses of the both. Let’s check their strengths first.
The strengths of Lionel Messi:
- Messi can’t be stopped by kicking.
- Best at dribbling, passing, and holding on to the ball.
- Without any doubt, the best finisher.
The Weaknesses of Lionel Messi:
- Can’t convert a free-kick into a goal if it is more than 25 yards.
- He avoids using his right foot.
- He is not a great shooter.
The strengths of Cristiano Ronaldo:
- He is great at running.
- No. 1 choice for a Free-kick.
- Because of his power, he can shoot the ball into the goal like a Hulk.
The weaknesses of Cristiano Ronaldo:
- His off-side awareness is not good.
- He can be considered very bad in defense as his defensive contribution is very low.
- He is not that good at crossing.
The Best Part of Messi vs Ronaldo Rivalry:
They don’t say bad words against one another and they have been witnessed in many events while shaking hands and giving smiles to each other. They respect, praise, and complement each other and it doesn’t look like they are the rivals.
The Amazing Part of Messi vs Ronaldo Rivalry:
Because of their rivalry, Barcelona vs Real Madrid is now considered one of the most viewed games worldwide and both the teams are also considered as rivals. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the brand ambassadors of Adidas and Nike respectively, and both of these brands are also rivals. Likewise, Turkish Airline is backing Messi while Ronaldo is the brand ambassador for Emirates Airlines.
Messi and Ronaldo in the 2018 World Cup:
Unfortunately, both the living legends were unable to lead their teams to the higher levels in the 2018 World Cup. Argentina and Portugal both were eliminated from the 2018 World Cup in the Group of 16.
In the first match vs Spain, Ronaldo scored a hattrick, and this match was a 3 – 3 Draw. In the second match, Portugal defeated Morocco by 1 – 0, and this single goal was scored by Ronaldo. The match against Iran was a 1 – 1 draw while in the group of 16, they were beaten by Uruguay by 2 – 1. So, Ronaldo scored a total of 4 goals for Portugal. Ronaldo was highly criticised when he missed a penalty against Iran which resulted in a 1 – 1 draw.
Lionel Messi has also failed to deliver in the first two games of the World cup and scored his first goal in the third match that was played against Nigeria. He was also unable to show his sharp-minded game against France in the first knockout match and didn’t score a single goal. Argentina lost this game by 4 – 3. He also missed a penalty like his rival Ronaldo against the match vs Iceland that resulted in a draw.
So, we can say that the gameplayers behind their rivalry are their fans and these brands. What do you say?