5 reasons why Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are still dominating the footballing world
It's been time immemorial since the footballing world has seen someone other than two freaks of nature, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi, lifting the Ballon d'Or. The duo has shared an unprecedented 10 Ballon d'Or titles in between themselves, something that is easy to appreciate, yet hard to understand. The unparalleled success of the two footballing legends has left the fans spellbound. It is enigmatic, to say the least, to figure out what separates them apart from the rest of the footballing fraternity.
That said, here are the 5 reasons why Messi and Ronaldo are still dominating the footballing world.
Since the turn of the decade, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have taken their rivalry to a different level altogether. Both of them are the only players in the modern era to hit the 50 goals landmark a record 5 times. Moreover, Ronaldo scored 50+ goals in 6 consecutive seasons starting from 2010-11 which ended in the 2015-16 season.
These are insane figures considering the fact that with technical advancements, teams are getting more strong tactically. While it might be argued that Ronaldo and Messi also have been benefitted from such things, this should not be an excuse weigh down their achievements.
There has been plenty of cases of players, who are exceptionally talented but haven't really been able to replicate their performances season after season. Take, for instance, Eden Hazard. After winning the PFA award and the Premier League title with Chelsea in the 2014-15 season, he wasn't able to replicate his form and scored a paltry 4 goals in the 2015-16 season, as compared last season's tally of 16 goals.
Even Neymar, who is considered as the closest rival to the hegemony of the two superstars, had to endure a tough last season at Barcelona where he scored a meagre 13 goals as compared to previous season's goal tally of 24. Ronaldo and Messi have always made sure not to have any major dips in their form and that is one of the main reasons for their dominance of the world football.