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GOAT Debate: 3 reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo is a bigger 'big game player' than Lionel Messi

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are two of the greatest players of all time. The Portuguese talisman and the Argentine genius have dominated football for the past decade and have consistently amazed the audience with their extraterrestrial abilities.

Ronaldo and Messi have won five Ballon d'Or each in their glittering careers and remain the players with the most impact on the pitch for their respective teams, despite being in their 30s.

It is crystal clear that both these stars are big match players, who have stepped up on numerous occasions when needed. Ronaldo had his fair share of misses in the initial phase of his Real Madrid career but the Juventus star has made his presence known more than any other player in the planet in the last few years.

The Portuguese legend has made it clear in the last few seasons that he remains the better among the two when it comes to performing in big matches.

Without further ado, let us evaluate why Ronaldo remains a bigger 'big match player' than Messi.

#1 When the going gets tough, the tough get going

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Ajax v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg

The famous expression means that when things are getting difficult and hard, the winners find a way to cross all their obstacles. It goes without saying that Ronaldo has done just that throughout his career, more than Messi or anyone else in the current era.

While Messi has performed in big matches too, the Argentine talisman also let his head drop in certain tough situations. The Barcelona star's constant lacklustre performances with Argentina does not help his case either.

On the other hand, Ronaldo has never let his head drop even when things were not going his team's way. The Portuguese superstar is ruthless and always look for opportunities to find a way to tilt the game in his team's favour.


The match against Hungary in the 2016 Euro Championship is one such instance where Ronaldo portrayed his formidable ability to be relentless at the face of pressure. Ronaldo thrives on pressure and it brings out the best in him, which makes him unmatchable in big games.

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Published 12 Apr 2019, 09:53 IST
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