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Why Lionel Messi will overshadow Cristiano Ronaldo in the next few years

Jidonu Mauyon
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6.71K   //    11 Oct 2017, 23:25 IST

FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015
An incredible duopoly

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the football world for the past 9 years playing at an unbelievable level, superior to every other player in their era. They have created an amazing duopoly sharing the last 9 Ballon d'Or awards between them. Many trophies, magical moments and personal achievements are proofs to their incredible greatness.

It is definitely very tough to split or stratify these players because they have both played consistently at the very top. Looking back in their time, there has been no season that these rivals were absent to challenge each other. The simple truth is, they have dominated and defined this current era together.

However, after following recent statistics and analysis, one can predict that someone is going to overtake the other in the future. And in line with that, Messi will overtake Ronaldo and this can be realised with a sincere consideration of the following reasons:

Ronaldo's age and the physical decline

The Cristiano Ronaldo we had in 2014 cannot be compared to the one we have in 2017. This is because days are passing and our hero is already getting old. He cannot pass, shoot, dribble, create chances, or even score goals as much as he did them before. His free kicks and goal ratio have also declined.

In fact, he is yet to record a goal in La Liga this season after featuring in 3 matches in which he played 270 minutes, contributing only one assist in the process. His average shots per game according to Whoscored, has reduced to 7.4 while his dribbles have also fallen to 1.6 per game. If such decline continues, he might not be able to carry on with the competition at the top.

Ronaldo's inconsistency

Real Madrid CF v Levante UD - La Liga
No longer at his peak?

The failure of Ronaldo to impress consistently is a big factor that could affect him in the future. In the previous season, he maintained only 2 goals up to the Quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League before he picked his form. That same season, he often went 2, 3 or 4 games without scoring and could only manage 25 goals in La Liga, falling below his 30-goal mark for the first time in years.

This term, his inconsistency has continued, with the superstar scoring in only 2 matches out of the total 5 matches he played. This even gets worse if you remember that those 2 goals came only in the UEFA Champions League. Failure to stabilise his game could mean that he is already gifting his dominance to his rival.

Lionel Messi's Incredible Form

FC Barcelona v AS Roma - UEFA Champions League
Leo's creativity has helped Barca this season

Lionel Messi seems unstoppable right now, even in an Argentine jersey considering what transpired against Equador! While Ronaldo at 32, is ageing and declining, Messi is only 30 years old and is not slowing down at all. He has been very consistent and promising, helping Barcelona overcome a very poor preliminary start to the season.

He has so far scored 11 goals and 2 assists in La Liga this term and has 2 goals to his name in the Champions League. With such form, Messi will definitely remain a dominant player in the next few years. With Messi's ability to adapt and play a more central role -- owing to his incredible vision -- he'll still be a top class playmaker if not a goal-scorer in a few years. And that is scary.

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Jidonu Mauyon
ANALYST
Jidonu Mauyon is a football enthusiast from Nigeria, who writes for a lot of publications, including the likes of Sportainment, Cube Soccer, Give Me Sport, FootballXtra, and Sportskeeda. He is a great fan of Lionel Messi and he likes to write about Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool. He also covers a lot of topics relating to the EPL, La Liga, Seria A and the Ligue 1. He has been doing great in the field, helping to intensify the passion for the beautiful game by sharing his opinions with his fellow soccer fans across the globe. His works have earned him recognition, notably claiming the Best Essay Writer award in the 2015 Milo Sports Writing Competition. To him, his followers are his best friends and he would go a long way to ensure that he keeps them refreshed and entertained. You love football and he does too, why not follow him so you can burn the passion together?
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