Ronaldo or Messi: Who is best?

JOHANNESBURG - Following another failure in the Copa America final, this time against Chile, Argentina captain Lionel Messi announced he was quitting the national team as he had failed in his quest to lead them to any silverware.

The failure by Argentina and Messi to win any major title was Messi’s fourth attempt without success. In 2014, he failed to inspire Argentina during the FIFA World Cup against eventual winners Germany.

With many hoping Messi will stop his jinx, Chile piped the favourites to the title, forcing Messi to admit that losing four finals meant winning something with Argentina was not meant for him and announced his retirement in a huff.

Seen as one of the greatest players ever in the history of the game together with compatriot Diego Maradona and Pele, Messi has failed to win anything substantial with his country; meaning he will be forced to live in the shadows of Pele and Maradona who both achieved success with the club and country.

Yet the man has won almost everything with his club Barcelona, the Spanish giants he joined when he was still a juvenile. Why he has failed to convert the club form whenever he dons the Argentina shirt has left many football fans baffled.

Despite having won everything with Barca, Messi has continuously been compared to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, another talented athlete of modern times.

And with Ronaldo, known as CR7 having won the Euro2016 title with Portugal last Sunday, debate on who is better between the two is likely to take a new form.

Both have been influential for their respective clubs winning league titles and Champions League crowns with their club but with the Portuguese having won a major title with Portugal, expect fireworks when the debate resumes.

What will add more impetus on the debate are the different lifestyles of the two. Messi has an ongoing tax issue which has dogged him for years. Together with teammate, Neymar from Brazil, Messi has been found guilty by authorities of having been dishonest with his tax returns.

On the other end, Ronaldo has been involved with a number of social responsibility initiatives and gave away his winning bonus of 600 000 Euros after winning the 11th European title with Real Madrid to a charitable organisation.

The two’s different social lives is likely to be factored in when the comparisons rare its ugly head again.

On the field of play, there is no doubting that Messi look more talented than Ronaldo. He is a more gifted player and like Ronaldo can make the difference between winning and losing on his day.

Ronaldo on the other end, has literally carried Real Madrid and Portugal on his big shoulders and one wonders what will happen to the two sides when he finally calls it quits.

Combining hard work with charisma and his love for charitable organisations, Ronaldo’s profile has been further enhanced by him leading Portugal to the Euro title this year, something Messi has dismally failed in his illustrious career.

The Portuguese has broken all the records with the club and national team and having announced that he does not intend to quit national duty, more and more records are likely to tumble as he winds up his impressive career.

But on who is the People’s favourite between Ronaldo or Messi is a debate that is set to rage on and on. Expect twists and turns as the debate takes a new shape.

Comments (12)

Ronaldo is way better than messi

kk - 18 July 2016

Ronaldo is way better than messi

kk - 18 July 2016

Ronaldo is way better than messi

kk - 18 July 2016

Ronaldo is way better than messi

kk - 18 July 2016

Ronaldo is way better than messi

kk - 18 July 2016

Ronaldo is way better than messi

kk - 18 July 2016

Ronaldo is better than messi

Kaustubh - 18 July 2016

GOD NEVER QUIT HAIL HAIL CR7 THE GOD SOCCER

SELLO JACOB NDEBELE - 18 July 2016

CR7 is love!

Kross - 18 July 2016

Messi more better than Ronaldo

Sam Loksom - 18 July 2016

To be fair, Cristiano Ronaldo will win the title.

john do - 18 July 2016

Ronaldo is the best .

Prophet - 20 July 2016

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