One thing sure to spark interesting debate among football fans is which of these two great players is the greatest. It could be impossible to answer objectively, but both players have a lot of merits to their names and that might be the place to decide it.
Strikers are judged by their goals, but these two players have such a fantastic all round game and tireless work ethic that there is more to them than that.
Messi is the only player to score over 40 club goals in eight seasons in a row, but Ronaldo was the first player to score 40 goals in two consecutive years.
Messi holds the record of scoring a staggering 96 goals in a calendar year, for club and country, whereas Ronaldo has managed 60 goals in a calendar year on four separate occasions.
Messi has scored at least two hat tricks seven years in a row in La Liga. Ronaldo has the La Liga hat trick record with 32. Both players have managed 8 in a singl season before.
The list goes on. Both players have scored a phenomenal number of goals as well has having a high number of assists to their names too.
It helps that both players play for one of the biggest clubs in Spain and, to be honest, the world. Barcelona and Real Madrid are virtually unstoppable and are two teams full of superstars who support each other on the pitch. Does this flatter both players a little? Possibly, but you can tell by watching them that if they were playing for a top side or down in the English League Two they would still be the stars of their teams and they’d still score goals for fun.
Messi has 118 caps for Argentina and has scored 58 goals and assisted 37. Ronaldo has 143 caps for Portugal and has scored 75 goals, assisting 25. But it’s Ronaldo’s winning medal in the 2016 European Championships that counts as the duos only major international success – although Messi has an Olympic gold from 2008.
There’s no doubt both players are amazing to watch and that you’ll never have to wait long to see a goal if either man is involved in a match. Both of these players will smash records for club and country, records that might never be broken again, and they’ll still be talked about in hundreds of years. It has been our privilege to be able to see them in action in our lifetime.