4 reasons why the Brazilian Ronaldo is better player than CR7 and Messi
Football has seen a massive transformation in the last two decades, but one thing that remains very appreciative is the talent of players. But as far as talents go, Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima will forever be remembered as one of the greatest men to ever play football.
Currently 42 years old, some millennials may not have seen enough of the Brazilian wizard. That is why many often settle for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi when it comes to picking their best players of all time.
This has been the most dominant debate for the better part of the last decade, however, Ronaldo (the Brazilian) stands as a better player than both Cristiano and Messi when things are taken into perspective.
The former Inter Milan and Barcelona star was the perfect example of a complete player, with his striking instincts second to none. He was the kind of player who dominated both at club and international level and, but for injuries, would have gone on to achieve even more.
Below are four solid reasons why Ronaldo was a better player than Cristiano and Messi will ever be:
#4 He won the FIFA Best Player at age 20
Many football fans of today very much admire the talent of France star Kylian Mbape, but it’s fair to say the PSG forward is not even half the player Ronaldo was at his age. While many talented footballers strive to win the Golden Boy award in their teenage years and early 20s, the Brazilian was already lifting the FIFA Best Player award at such tender age.
At the age of 20, Ronaldo was already the best player in the world. That is obviously rare these days, and not even the impeccable Messi and Cristiano can boast of such a feat. In 1996, Ronaldo was voted FIFA Best Player. He again won the prestigious individual award in 1997, before winning it for the third time in 2002.
By contrast, Messi won his first FIFA Best Player award at the age of 22, while Cristiano won his first at 23. It is clear that Ronaldo was miles ahead of the duo and had he remained fit, there is no doubt he would have monopolized the award.