It cannot be denied that in the world of football, the two biggest names are none other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
They are simply two of the greatest players of this generation. But determining the best between the two is an ongoing debate. While there are those who will go for the Messi, there is no doubt whatsoever that many will also go for Ronaldo. They just think that the latter is a much better athlete than the former and vice versa. Hence, it is no surprise why fans continue to argue continuously as to who is a better player. After all, both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have managed to provide some absolute moments of magic for the sports fans across the globe.
But before you consider going for some free bets, it is interesting to see why the former Real Madrid superstar is better than Messi. Take for example the Ballon d’Or, which is an award every football player in the world wants to have. Interestingly, all odds and predictions are pointing to Ronaldo and Messi. Meaning, they are two favorite players expected to win the said award. However, Messi’s odds of winning it are at 15/1, while Ronaldo is around 9/20. Judging by the numbers, it is safe to say that the latter is likely to win, giving him a lead at the race to become a GOAT (greatest of all-time).
In order to make this argument valid and worth checking, the article enlists reasons why Ronaldo is a top choice. So, without further ado, here are the 5 reasons why.
Sir Alex Ferguson Said It
It is no secret that Ronaldo decided to leave Manchester United in 2009. While it definitely hurt his teammates and particularly the fans, it was Sir Alex Ferguson who really felt the significance of having a superstar calibre in the form of Ronaldo. According to Business Insider, Ferguson described the football player as “a massive loss” after leaving the team. In his own words, he easily sees Ronaldo as “the best player in the world.”
Mind you, Ferguson’s description goes beyond just that. To him, Ronaldo is not only better than Kaka but also triumphs over Messi. “He is streets ahead of them all,” the Scottish former football manager and player of Manchester United said. Ferguson’s reasoning circles around the fact that Ronaldo, contrary to popular belief, has the ability to score goals in every way possible. In addition, he defines Ronaldo’s playability as someone who possesses all different types of attacking. If you combine free-kick specialists, goal poachers, speedy wingers, and so forth, you will get nothing but Ronaldo.
A More Complete Player
Anyone can agree that when it comes to doing spectacular things on the ball, either Messi or Ronaldo can get the job done. They are both blessed with the incredible qualities, such as excellent agility and top-notched dribbling skills. But what makes Ronaldo really different from Messi is his completeness. He is simply a more complete player than the latter, thanks to his unmatched heading ability.
Time and again, the Portuguese football superstar has delivered at some of the most important situations in teeth-wrenching matches. This is his due to his incredible headers, allowing him to tilt the balance of the game towards his team. Messi, on the other hand, is all about agility, ball control, and dribbling. Sure, Ronaldo can easily come close – if not be better – with Messi in all of the said areas. However, one cannot deny the fact that Ronaldo is just miles ahead in terms of athletic and physical abilities. These qualities easily make him a more complete when compared to the Argentine superstar.
The Barcelona superstar managed to grab and win each club trophy. The only catch, though, is that he has yet to acquire a trophy with Argentina. Messi has come heartbreakingly close with his team on various occasions, but, unfortunately for him, he fails to hand a trophy while working with the Albiceleste.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s career, on the other hand, is somewhat similar to Messi’s career but not until the summer Euro 2016. It was during that time that Portugal famously beat the host country France, securing a historic and memorable victory. It is sad that Ronaldo injured himself in the final, but everyone knows that he was successful in guiding his team to the title bout. More importantly, he emerged as an inspirational leader throughout the said tournament.
Keep in mind that the greatest players always have the ability to raise their game and, at the same time, propel a mediocre team to success. Ronaldo’s display of this incredibleness during the Euro 2016 triumph is proof that he is among the game’s all-time greats. This success, in particular, has firmly cemented his legacy. Until Messi becomes successful in grabbing a trophy with his talented Argentinian team, Ronaldo will always have a steady margin over him in any football debate there is.
Ronaldo Has Proven Himself in Various Leagues
Anyone will easily agree that if there a league that is the most competitive, it is none other than The Premier League. With that said, it was Ronaldo who became a standout player during his run at the Manchester United. To perfectly back up this argument, let’s bring back the Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in the conversation. He added yet another explanation why he would always choose Ronaldo over Messi. He said that when the ball is at the latter’s feet, it seems he is wearing slippers. He added this: “I think Messi is a Barcelona player but Ronaldo could be playing for Stockport County and he would score a hat-trick. He is brilliant in the air and he has two feet.” Again, this does not mean that Messi is nothing close to being a great player. Of course, he is. But if he wants to compete with Ronaldo and beat him, he has to accomplish what the latter has achieved. Otherwise, comparing him and Ronaldo is only a waste of time.
A More Prolific Scorer
Football’s ultimate aim is to simply score. When it comes to acknowledging who the ultimate goal scorer is, it is easily Cristiano Ronaldo. In fact, he is the only player in the history of football to win the golden shoe at least 4 times. And if you have been following Real Madrid, you will see just how great of a goal scorer he is. He is just mindboggling! Another interesting addition to his resume is his achievement of scoring 50+ goals in about 6 different seasons, a record only himself has achieved in the history of the game.