Football fans all over the World continue to debate on who is better between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. It is certainly very difficult to separate the two five times Ballon d’Or winners. The two G.O.A.Ts are in a league of their own. However, today we have identified several areas that we think the Portuguese has an edge over the Argentine. This should not be interpreted to mean Juventus star is better than the Barcelona forward. The naked truth is the following skills are brought out better by CR7.
See? Ronaldo always stands on the wall to defend opponent freekicks. He also defends opponent corners inside own box. CR7 fans, please, talk about it. His defensive contributions have been overlooked for years. He claims himself the most complete player ever for definite reasons. https://t.co/GBxq4fuz8M
— Shoaib Ahmed (@shoaibjahan2052) November 8, 2018
Lionel Messi is very good going forward especially when he has the ball. His acceleration and direct approach terrify defenders. On the other hand, when the team needs more bodies behind the ball the Argentine is not very useful. His height does not help the situation meaning that only pass interceptions remain at his disposal defensively.
Cristiano Ronaldo is not the kind of player who likes tracking back to do his defensive duties. However, when he does he has all the qualities to help clear the ball. He can stand in the wall when opponents are taking free-kicks or defend corners. Ronaldo can chase an opponent deep in his half to retrieve the ball. This gives him an edge over Lionel Messi in defensive duties.
4. Crying or Sobbing
Cristiano Ronaldo crying after being sent off for Juve. Got away with around 20 red cards at Real Madrid for randomly lashing out at/kicking people.#Ronaldo #Juventus #VALJUV pic.twitter.com/fbe6Ackt37
— Bhargav (@ATLURIbhargav12) September 19, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo tears are always close to the exit door. The Portuguese has been seen crying so many times. This season he was in tears when the referee showed him a red card in his first UEFA Champions League match in Juventus colours.
In 2016 Euro finals, CR7 was in tears when he suffered an injury in a crucial final against hosts France. The good news is that the team did well without him to deliver the elusive national crown.
— Ahmed Sanalla (@ASanalla) July 10, 2016
In Real Madrid colours, we saw him cry several times. However, we can’t forget his teary moment in 2008 UEFA Champions League final in Manchester United colours. He had just missed a penalty in the shoot-out. He knew if his team lose to Chelsea, he will be blamed for it. He cried until Gary Neville woke him up to celebrate after the shoot-out victory. We have seen Lionel Messi cry after Argentina several final defeats but CR7 beats him in this area.
3. Aerial Threat or Heading Ability
February 13, 2013: Cristiano Ronaldo with the most incredible header I've ever come across in a Champions League's fixture. Against his former employers. Ronaldo's knee is level with Evra's head. The hangtime, the accuracy of the heading itself. De Gea had no chance. pic.twitter.com/idkFjCh9SY
— Tommy (@VivaLaCristiano) February 4, 2018
One of the most memorable goals Lionel Messi ever scored was in 2009 Champions League final. He out-jumped Rio Ferdinand to score Barcelona second goal. The strike made it difficult for Manchester United to come back in the game. However, he has not scored many after that as compared to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi is not blessed physically which means that he rarely wins aerial battles. Ronaldo is one of the most dangerous headers of the ball in the World.