Why Messi is better than Ronaldo

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The Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the most tremendous and the longest sports rivalry of all time. I’m here to inform you on why it shouldn’t be a debate on who is better and that they shouldn’t be compared anymore. Messi is superior to Ronaldo. Before I get into individual statistics, by just watching both of them play you can see the difference between them. Ronaldo’s heat map shows that he spends most of his time in the penalty box when in a game; Messi, on the other hand, is all over the place, starting plays in the midfield, scoring goals, and even in the defensive half a lot of the time.

As of the 28th of September, Cristiano Ronaldo has 1080 appearances and 789 goals while Messi has 935 appearances and 752 goals. The only statistic Ronaldo has over Messi is goals, but if you dive into this you can see that Ronaldo has 145 more games played than Messi yet is only 37 goals ahead of him. So in reality, Messi is the better goalscorer because of games played and games scored in. As mentioned before, Messi has 145 less games than Cristiano and has 74 more assists than Ronaldo already. What people don’t understand is that Messi is a more complete player than Ronaldo, who’s only focus is on scoring goals. While just scoring obviously isn’t a bad thing, but Messi provides goals, assists, and starts plays for his team (which can’t even be put in statistics). The same can’t be said about Ronaldo. Since the 2009-2010 season, Messi has won a whopping 210 Man of the Match Awards while Ronaldo has only won 161. This is significant because this award is given to the best player of the game once it’s over. This is just another example of how Messi is more of a team player, yet still somehow manages to be better at scoring than Ronaldo.

The Ballon de Oro is an award that is given to the best player in the world every year. Ronaldo has won the award five times. Lionel Messi has won it six times and is currently a favorite to win his seventh this year. Although, I argue that Ronaldo didn’t deserve all five of the ones he’s won, Messi is the player with the most Ballon de Oro’s in all football history and this is one of the many reasons I don’t think Ronaldo is close to Messi at all. People used to bring up the fact that Messi hadn’t won anything with his national team Argentina, because Ronaldo has won the euros and the nations league with Portugal. Until this past summer Messi captained Argentina and carried them to the Copa America finals and beat Brazil to become South American champions.

People also argue that Messi doesn’t challenge himself because he has only played at Barcelona and PSG while Ronaldo has played in Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus. He played in Barcelona for 15 years, and out of the 15 years, he won the Spanish league ten times. It is the hardest league in the world.

Ultimately, what people need to understand is that Ronaldo is only good at scoring, but Lionel Messi is better at it and this is backed up statistically. He’s also better at everything else, meaning he’s a more complete footballer than Ronaldo and the best footballer of all time.