07 Nov, 18:00
The argument about who is better between Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo does not look like it is ending soon.
Fans have been caught debating who is better than the other with Messi fans labelling their star as the best while CR7 supporters not buying the idea at all. They might acknowledge respect for each other, but when it comes to the pitch, the battle will always be there, whether the duo like it or not.
Here are 5 aspects in which Leo Messi outshines Cristiano Ronaldo:
5. Tactical flexibility
Lionel Messi plays as a centre-forward while CR7 is a natural winger. The Madrid star is super effective on the wing but delivers little once played as a centre-forward. Messi can deliver from either position and it was evident during the era of MSN where he was deployed as a winger and ended up netting a whopping 153 goals and grabbing 67 assists in the process.
4. Winning collective trophies
Currently, Cristiano Ronaldo is leading the individual trophy charts ahead of Lionel Messi. However, when we compare their exploits and contributions regarding team honours, Messi outshines his archrival. Since the start of his illustrious career, the Barcelona marksman has won 30 trophies with Barcelona, in contrast to Cristiano Ronaldo's 26 with all clubs.
Notably, Messi has won the treble twice in his career, in 2009 and 2015 respectively, which is something Ronaldo has never done.
As much as he scores goals, the diminutive number 10 is equally prolific when it comes to creating chances for his teammates to score. Messi holds the record for highest number of assists in the La Liga (116), shadowing Cristiano Ronaldo's tally of 82 assists.
Even when the two are pitted against each other in terms of the overall assists tallies of their careers, Messi again emerges on top as the better of the two. The Argentinian has amassed a total of 237 assists in comparison to Ronaldo's 207.
Since the 2009-10 season, Messi has made an average of 7.6 dribbles per game, 4.5 of which have been successful. The Real Madrid talisman falls miles behind him in this area. He has racked an average of 3.6 dribbles per game, with only 1.8 coming to fruition.
Ronaldo fans would agree to this, there's no player who can match the Argentine demigod's escapades when it comes to his ability to bulldoze past the tightest of defences with just pace and immaculate touches on the ball.
1. Goalscoring rate
Ronaldo's best season came in 2014-15, in which he netted a total of 61 goals in 54 appearances. Messi, on the other hand, grabbed 73 goals in 60 matches in the 2011-12 season. The Argentine achieved an average of 1.19 goals per game ahead of Ronaldo's 1.10. Shouldn't these numbers clear the air on who the more efficient goal-scorer is?