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4 reasons why Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo

Modified 20 Dec 2019, 20:21 IST

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated world football for a while now, and are widely considered to be two of the greatest players of all time. They have won practically every single accolade at club level, and have also performed incredibly well for their national teams.

Ronaldo and Messi share an intense rivalry on the field, which is mirrored in the way their fans behave. Both sets of fans are argumentative and passionate, and never fail to bring up their idol's name when a discussion on the best player in the world comes up.

Here, we look at four reasons why Messi is arguably better than Ronaldo:

#4 Messi is a better team player than Ronaldo

Ronaldo has been prolific for Real Madrid and Manchester United over the years and now for Juventus. But during all this time, the focus has often been on him rather than the team. 

Ronaldo announced indirectly that his Madrid stay was over just after the Champions League win. The fact that he recently criticized his ex-teammates at Madrid further reinforces this.

RCD Espanyol v FC Barcelona - La Liga
RCD Espanyol v FC Barcelona - La Liga

Besides this, Ronaldo's relationship with Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos was not always easy. Not celebrating Bale's goals at times gave the impression that he did not want anybody else to take the limelight.

Messi, on the other hand, has more assists than Ronaldo and is much more of a team player than the Portuguese.

#3 Messi is a better playmaker than Ronaldo

Ronaldo is absolutely lethal inside and around the penalty box area, and is the best poacher currently. Messi, meanwhile, still goes about his play in his famous false nine position.


Messi can play as a winger, a second striker or even drop deep to midfield positions to build up play from the back. His ability to link up play is the backbone of Barcelona's possession based style.

FC Barcelona v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Group B
FC Barcelona v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Group B

Messi has the unique skills to combine well with Busquets and Jordi Alba to build up play while also forming potential attacking threats with the likes of Suarez and Coutinho. All of these attributes make Messi a better playmaker than Ronaldo.

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