Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? That is one of the hardest questions to answer in the modern world of football. these two players are undoubtedly the two best players in the world right now, but is one really that much better than the other? Ronaldo is 3 years older than Messi but are very close in terms of stats since Ronaldo went to the illustrious Real Madrid which is the team that rivals FC Barcelona where Messi plays. Since Ronaldo’s transfer both players basically average a goal a game which is an amazing feat. Ronaldo has scored 387 goals in 378 appearances for his club whereas Messi has netted 408 goals in just 405 outings for his club. This stat is even more impressive because it does not include international play where both of these players shine as well. Messi is known to be more of a passer of the ball so it makes sense that he has almost 50 more assist than him but Ronaldo has other strengths like his speed, physicality, and jumping ability that Messi cannot begin to compete with. There are so many intangibles that these players excel in that make the decision even harder. Ronaldo is a flashy and powerful athlete on the pitch while Messi is more calm and simple in his play but not one thing is essentially better than another.
(Below is a little video comparison of the two from 2009 to 2015. this does not include all competitions like exhibition games and things of that sort)
This debate could literally go on forever in the eyes of a dedicated fan. A big factor that people will use to try and make the comparison between the two is the amount of silverware each player has obtained in their lifetime. Messi has more ballon D’or awards by 1. The ballon D’or award is giving to the most valuable player in all of Europe and is a very prestigious awards. Both players have a plethora of La Liga cup titles but I do not want to only credit these players for that achievement because that is a team effort and both of these men have amazing teams around them that could win those titles without them on the field. Here is a picture of their all time stats that include every competition for country and club that these players have been in.
These players will continue to dominate the game in their own regards. One of the best rivalries in sports in happening right in front of our eyes and this debate will go on forever
Welcome back to another addition of World Soccer 2017 and today’s blog post is a special one. We will be talking about the best players to ever step foot on the pitch from all different time periods. The first guy on the list is probably the most known player in terms of a being a classic star and is the man featured on my opening image,Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as Pele. Pele is said to be the greatest goal scorer to ever live and rightfully so scoring a total of 1281 goals in 1363 games and was even in the Guinness World Record Book for this very achievement. Pele also won 3 World cups with 2 back to back coming in 1958 and 1962 with Brazil. Pele is one of Brazil’s biggest stars and is known around the world for not only his footballing ability but his recent involvements in politics to help improve the country of Brazil.
(Here is just a glimpse of his genius on the field)
If we move to another part of South America we will find another exceptional player that is known as one of the greatest not only to his countrymen, but to soccer players of all generations. We are talking about the great Diego Maradona . Diego Maradona played for Argentina internationally and was also a part of the great F.C. Barcelona. He had the most appearances playing for an Argentinian club known as Argentinos Juniors and his play there got him recognized as well as playing for the national club. Maradona did not score as many goals as pele by any means but he was more of a play maker in his respective right. in 1986 Maradona brought his team to the World Cup finals and ultimately a Victory in the final versus West Germany. In the Quarter final game prior to the finals Maradona and one of the most controversial goals in the history of the game known as the “Hand of God” goal where he had put the ball in the net with his hand instead of his head. This was such a big problem because he did penalized for it and that goal decided the game with a 2-1 victory over England. Soccer being a sport with very little stoppages in play means that if the referee miss a call there is no reviewing and the game goes on as it was. Many people were infuriated this but of course his fans will tell you he still deserved a win because his second goal was a wondrous run through multiple England defenders that started at the halfway line.
(Was it a handball or a clean goal? I’ll let you all decide)
These are just two of the many amazing players to play the game. there are many others we will cover then on a later date. Thanks for reading!