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5 things Cristiano Ronaldo does better than Lionel Messi

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Ronaldo vs Messi: The greatest rivalry of all time

How can they be so good? Looking at the style with which they eclipsed the past decade, hardly anyone can pride oneself in conquering their respective eras, as well as these two have done. Meaning no irreverence towards the likes of Cruyff, Pele, Maradona, and many others, but Ronaldo and Messi are clearly a cut above the rest.

The duo have never failed to mesmerize football fans all over the globe. For ten long years, Messi and Ronaldo have been at each others' heels in the race to be appreciated as the greatest ever to grace the game.

Both of them have proven to be worthy competitors, thanks to their impressive set of skills. However, it's not just one who has been the better at everything. Both of them have owned spheres where they outclass their counterpart.

Let's have a look at 5 such areas where Cristiano Ronaldo emerges as the better choice amongst the two:

#5 Earnings and social media fan-following

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Ronaldo is the world's most valuable athlete

It is no secret that Cristiano Ronaldo has gigantic sums of cash rolling in his bank accounts. The Real Madrid star has held the top position as the highest earning soccer-player on the Forbes list since for a fourth consecutive year in 2017.

To top it all, Ronaldo has also been the world's most valuable athlete in 2016 and 2017, with a whopping $181 million turnover including his salary and various endorsements.

Lionel Messi occupies the third position on the list of the highest-earning athletes and is second behind Ronaldo in the highest-paid soccer players.

Comparing their net worths in 2017, Ronaldo has earned $93 million from salary and endorsements while Messi has bagged $80 million. To top it all, the Portuguese skipper also has a larger number of sponsorship and endorsement deals, compared to his fellow Argentinan.


Cristiano Ronaldo also enjoys a mammoth fan-following around the globe. He holds the Guinness world record for being the most followed sportsman on the three major social media websites (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).

With around 299.4 million supporters on the internet, he easily trumps Messi's 72 million fan-following. A large part, perhaps, is down to the fact that Messi is not active on Twitter.

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