Can Messi and Ronaldo play in the same team?
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
These two have become household names. It doesn't matter if you're a football fanatic or someone who rarely follows the game, Ronaldo and Messi are arguably the first two names that come to mind when you mention football.
Imagine the best of the best playing alongside each other in the same team. It goes without saying, the team would be boosted greatly in terms of quality and confidence, both on and off the pitch.
Obviously, we're talking about the two guys who have dominated world football like no other earlier. Having a combined 9 Ballons d'Ors awards between them, seeing a squad with both of them lining up next to each other is a distant dream. There's a higher chance of me making the Barcelona/Real Madrid line-up next week.
Let us try judging 3 cases of the two playing in the same team at different positions, their roles in the squad and what will work out best for them.
Case 1: Messi and Ronaldo as wingers
In reality, both have played as wingers on opposite sides of the pitch at one point in their lives. Both the players tend to cut inside and create some space for themselves to have a go at goal, but there is always that occasional cross floating into the box as well.
How this works out will eventually depend upon the striker that will be playing in between them. If the forward is a tall, strong and athletic player who can bully defenders with his physique, then the wingers will have to resort to a little bit of crossing as their main strategy, since the target man can win them goals through headers.
However, if the forward is not very reliant on his strength and is all about skill, spotting runs and scoring with his feet, Messi and Ronaldo can unleash their dribbling and shooting mastery to create and convert a lot of chances.
Both make for great teams, but obviously, it is not the strongest and most tactically-dominating squad that can be built having the two greats in the line-up
Rating: 6/10 if the striker is relatively small and skill-oriented
6.5/10 for a large and strong striker