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Who will be remembered as The Greatest of All Time?

Over the last century, the game of football has been spoiled by talented players who have defined and dominated their generation with guile, skills, and ability with the ball at their feet. Players like Di Stefano, Maradona, Pele, Zico, Zidane, and Ronaldinho have all graced football at different times, turning in legendary displays that live long in the memory and dominate modern highlight reels.

The debate of who the greatest player of all time is has been alive for decades, but it reached new levels at the turn of the century. Very early on in their respective careers, it was clear that both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were different from the rest. They were considered exceptional from their teenage years.

 

Early Days of the Rivalry

Ronaldo would sign for Manchester United at 18 and would go on to dominate Old Trafford and the Premier League, breaking record after record before his then world record move to Real  Madrid. It was at Madrid that his rivalry with Messi would escalate to its peak as they butted heads regularly in El Clasico.

Messi, up to this point, had established himself as the game’s outstanding young player, winning Ballon d’Or at the tender age of 21, and would win the award four years in a row between 2009 and 2012. He became a vital cog in Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona team that dominated the Spanish and European landscape for years.

 

El Clasico Redefined

El Clasico was never the same after Ronaldo placed the foot on Spanish soil. It became a matchup between the game’s finest, as the rivalry between Barcelona and Madrid began to reach boiling point.

They would face each other a total of 18 times in La Liga with a Champions League matchup in 2011 being their only meeting outside Spain over the last nine years. Messi would generally enjoy the better of their encounters, with Pep Guardiola regularly outsmarting his Madrid colleagues on his way to leading Barcelona to three La Liga titles.

The pair would share 10 Ballon d’Or titles – five each – between 2008 and 2017. Ronaldo won four of the last five before Modrić broke the duopoly in 2018. The title of world’s best isn’t the only thing the two have shared. We should not forget sponsorship deals, European titles, and Pichichi awards that both won on multiple occasions.

The debate over who the best player in history is will likely stay a hot topic in the future, as neither player shows any signs of slowing down.

Check out the infographic below for a more detailed comparison between the two stars.

Messi Vs Ronaldo, Who Is The Greatest?

by Raj Vardhman

Every Barcelona vs Real Madrid match has a bigger subplot – the Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo battle. Since they first met on the field during the United-Barca game in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League semi-final, they were pitted as major rivals. Although they’re undoubtedly the best two players of their generation, fans and journalists often argue over who’s the best of the best.

Ronaldo and Messi are leading scorers for their clubs and countries and have many personal accomplishments. The leaders in La Liga and the Champions League history have launched their status of international sensations that nobody can match.

This Betting Sites infographic provides a head-to-head comparison of the two greatest football players of all time. Take a look at what Ronaldo and Messi have achieved throughout their careers so far.


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