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4 Reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi

Modified 20 Dec 2019, 20:21 IST

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been the best players in the world for a very long time. They have been playing for more than 10 years and have won all the major awards and titles in football at the club level, while also performing well at the international level.

Ronaldo and Messi share a great rivalry on the field and are known for their prodigious goalscoring feats in the football leagues they have played in.

The fans of both the players are very passionate, and support them with lots of energy when they take the field for their respective teams. These two players are always pitted against each other when the debate of the best player in the world comes up.

Let's look at four reasons why Ronaldo is arguably better than Messi:


#4. Ronaldo has featured in four different football leagues while Messi has played only in LaLiga

Manchester United v Chelsea - UEFA Champions League Final
Manchester United v Chelsea - UEFA Champions League Final

Ronaldo has been a part of clubs featuring in four different leagues – LaLiga (Real Madrid), English Premier League (Manchester United), Primeira Liga (Sporting CP), and Serie A (Juventus).

He has scored heavily everywhere and has been a force to reckon with no matter which team he plays for, showing his versatility and adaptability. His all-around ability makes him a valuable player for any team.

In contrast, Messi has plied his trade in only one league - LaLiga. It is unclear whether the Argentine would have been just as successful if presented with the challenges of different leagues.


#3. Ronaldo is a better leader than Messi

Portugal v Spain: Group B - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Portugal v Spain: Group B - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

By most accounts, Ronaldo is considered a better captain than Messi. He inspires his team with his own strong performances.

Ronaldo plays for the national team regularly even though he knows that his team is not very strong. That is quite unlike Messi, who has often taken breaks from playing for Argentina in the wake of his team's struggles to win trophies.

Ronaldo led Portugal to a spectacular win in the 2016 UEFA European Championship, surprising everybody in the football community. His team defeated France by a margin of 1-0 in the final.

Ronaldo even won the Silver Boot award for being the second highest goal scorer in the competition. He is an inspirational figure for any team which he captains.

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