Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are, without a shadow of a doubt, two of the best players of their time. Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or awards, while Messi has won seven, the most recent of which he won last year. Since they have dominated football for over a decade, they have been frequently compared to one another. Who the best player is in football is a topic of much debate amongst fans, commentators, and coaches.
With seven Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo’s five, Messi’s fans may feel the debate has been settled and he has moved on to a new level. Still, many hold the opinion that Ronaldo is better than Messi and consistently draw comparisons between the two players. Here are a few of the arguments that keep Ronaldo and Messi in the same conversation.
One reason Ronaldo is often compared to Messi is that he scores more goals. On the other hand, Ronaldo has established himself as a prolific goal scorer. If you compare Ronaldo to Messi, you’ll find that Ronaldo has more goals. The fact remains, though, that Messi has a higher goal-scoring percentage and even more golden boots than Ronaldo.
A lot of people, especially Ronaldo fans, compare him to Messi because he has won five Champions Leagues with two different teams. In 2008, Ronaldo won the Champions League with Manchester United. Since then, he has won four more times with Real Madrid. While playing for Barcelona, the Argentine great has won the title four times (2006, 2009, 2011, and 2015).