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7 differences between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

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The raging debate of world football. Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? To some, the Argentine is the greatest player ever and to others, the Portuguese edges him out. What can’t be denied is the fact that both of these players are the best of their generation and none come close to the level at which they operate.What makes their rivalry even more complex is that despite being goalscorers, they are both really different from each other. While Lionel Messi is more technique-oriented, Cristiano Ronaldo relies on power and incredible work-ethic.These are the differences that make them unique and their rivalry special. Almost every aspect of their game is in stark contrast with that of the other and here we take a look at them.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Starting off with what they do best: finish. Over the last 5 years, these two have scored more goals than many teams combined. It is for this reason that no-one has occupied the top 2 spots of the Ballon d’Or in the last 5 years other than them.

The Portuguese is a solid finisher – it is his biggest strength. Be it from the tightest of angles or the longest of distance, one can bet her/his life on Cristiano Ronaldo to score from a minute scoring chance. He heavily relies on power to make sure that his shots end up in the end and it works more often than not.

Lionel Messi

As the Portuguese uses power to finish his shots, the Argentine prefers placing his shots accurately and he does it immaculately almost always. The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner’s brilliant technique and precision allow him to place his shots from the meanest of situations.

This strength of his has allowed him to score so many goals will continue to do so as technique never wanes with age, it just gets better like wine.

Also read : Why Lionel Messi's salary is thoroughly well-earned and completely justified

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