The world of sports if full of legendary rivalries, and from the likes of Ali-Frazier, Borg-McEnroe or Senna-Prost, the fans and the media were attracted to these fascinating duos. In the world of football, one current rivalry is threatening to overshadow the old debate whether Maradona is better than Pele, and people nowadays can spend hours arguing who is better between Messi and Ronaldo. Since they play for rival clubs, Real and Barcelona, these players regularly meet in La Primera, but their direct encounters are not the most important events that describe their careers. They are by far the best in the world, but it seems that only small nuances differentiate these two superstars.

– Different Personalities And Playing Style

Messi or RonaldoMessi and Ronaldo are worlds apart when you look at them, but their physique is not the only feature that separates these highly skilled and attractive footballers. They play completely different styles of football, and while Messi is more prone to assists and providing killer passes to his teammates, Ronaldo relies on his instinct and athleticism. Messi is a virtuoso in tiny spaces – he can find his way out from any situation without any problems, no matter how many opposing players surround him. On the other hand, Ronaldo likes to sprint past his opponents, and his headers and free kicks are also a strong asset in his football arsenal.

Besides being different on the pitch, these two footballers are not similar when it comes to their personalities as well. Ronaldo is seen as arrogant at times, and a bit of a showoff while Messi tries to be humble and is often perceived as shy and introverted person. Ronaldo is more active in the media, and he uses his looks to promote his brand and cult of personality. On the other hand, Messi keeps to himself and often avoids the spotlights of media. This is where we see the parallels between these two skilled football players – this means that you clearly have two sides. One side is for Messi’s unbelievable tricks that creates space for other players, while the other one is for Ronaldo’s impeccable ability to run past his opponents, while scoring in unbelievable ways.

– Football Qualities And Accomplishments

Messi or Ronaldo

When it comes to the quality of these players, football fans and experts all agree that they are the best and that Messi and Ronaldo have elevated the overall quality of the game as well. Together they won 7 FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, and they each scored over 400 goals for their clubs. Besides being prolific in scoring goals, they also manage to assist and make attractive moves and dribbles, which helps bring the fans to the stadiums. Messi is two years younger than Ronaldo, but he already has more Champions League titles, more FIFA awards, and more goals to his name. However, Ronaldo is following his every accomplishment with a record of his own, and it is hard to make a final decision and say who is a better player. At this moment, we are unable to tell which player is better, but we can say without hesitation that the game of football changed a lot since these two came to the scene.