Here’s the view of John Wozniak, a football fan who loves watching La Liga.
Year-after-year, two superstars have left their respective marks on the game. They’re the envy of anyone interested in the game of football. Two forwards with unbelievable skill have given many an opposition head coach a migraine. When describing them, pundits and journalists have exhausted every superlative in the book.
It’s an argument amongst journalists, ex-pros and fans alike that will probably never go away. Just who is the better footballer, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? As you’re reading this, it’s plausible to suggest that your mind has already been made up. Respective advocates for their modern day hero will be clicking on the stat pages in preparation for a retort.
I’m going to have to disappoint you readers. They’ll be no mention of a single goal stat in this short, but thought provocative blog post. The best two players on the planet seem to have been gracing our screens for an age. Where others often decline with age, Messi and Ronaldo seem to get better and better.
Messi and Ronaldo are completely different characters, and while one is often regarded as a team player, the other somewhat selfish, either way their respective actions get people talking. All eyes will be on the richly talented pair once again as they search for more silverware in the Primera Division and Champions League. Both have had to adapt their game in recent times but the objectives will still be the same, to win as much silverware as possible.
I’ve got my own view on this on-going discussion. But I ask you to consider the following. Imagine the game in which Messi and Ronaldo didn’t exist. It’s a privilege for us all to be able to sit back and enjoy two of the greatest players of the modern era. Enjoy them while they still have the ability to play at the top level. The clock is ticking on two careers that will undoubtedly be very tough to emulate.
We don’t have to wait too long for this season’s first El Clásico, which will be played at the Camp Nou in early December. In betting Ronaldo is the clear favourite at 1/4 on to win the Ballon d’Or, Messi is at 5/1. The bookies also fancy Messi (favourite) and his team-mate Luis Suarez ahead of Ronaldo to score the most goals and win the Pichichi Trophy this season. The players are priced at 7/4 – 6/4 and 11/4 respectively.
Above John Wozniak revisits that old chestnut. Messi v Ronaldo. As someone in his 12th year of living in Spain, and watching Spanish football all that time; I am in no doubt that Lionel Messi is the better all round footballer, writes Vernon Grant. Messi is truly world class and worthy of his place in the top three players of my lifetime (behind Pele but one place ahead of George Best). Messi is a team player rather than an individual. But every football fan has their own opinion and it’s an argument that will likely live on long after the two fine footballers have hung up their boots.
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