MESSI Vs RONALDO: WHO IS THE G.O.A.T.

A never-ending debate of who is the GOAT: The greatest footballer of all time Messi Vs Ronaldo. This discussion hovers around two names in International football Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. This debate can be judged by their stats on the club level, their national-level achievements. Let’s look at what Messi Vs Ronaldo have achieved and leave it to the fans to decide who is the G.O.A.T.

 

About Leo Messi

Luis Lionel Andres Messi was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina. He was born as the third of four children of Jorge Messi and his wife Celia Cuccittini. Messi used to play with his two brothers at a young age without getting intimidated by big guys out there. A Rosario-based club, Newell’s Old boys recruited him at the age of 8.

Messi was diagnosed with hormonal deficiency when he was recognizably smaller than most other kids of his same age. Messi’s parents then decided to help his growth using hormone enhancing injections but soon it became impossible to pay for them every month. A huge sigh of relief hit the family when at the age of 13, FC Barcelona’s youth camp assured Messi to provide free medication and so the family shifted to Spain for a new home.

 

About Ronaldo:

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro Goih CoMm was born on 5 February 1985, in Madeira, Portugal.He was born to Jose Dinis Aveiro and his wife Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro. His father worked as a gardener with the municipality while his mother worked as a cook. With the other 3 siblings, Ronaldo was the 4th and the youngest child. Being a notorious kid, he was once expelled from school for assaulting his teacher by throwing a chair at him. Ronaldo from his childhood was a great fan of playing football and he at the age of 14 thought of playing football professionally. Ronaldo also started playing for Adrorinha from the age of eight. There was a club named ‘Nacional’ and Ronaldo joined that club in 1995. He there had a really good football show and then ended up joining one of the biggest clubs in Portugal, ‘The Sporting CP’.

 

Teams that Messi Vs Ronaldo have played for:

Messi Vs Ronaldo

Talking about the teams’ Lionel Messi has played for, FC Barcelona is where he has spent most of his footballing time and after that, at the club level he was welcomed by Paris Saint-German where he is currently playing. He is seen doing his national duties playing for Argentina at the international level. On October 16, 2004, Messi played his first match as a part of the senior team in FC Barcelona. He played his first match for the Paris Saint-German on August 29, 2021, against Reims. He made his international debut on August 17, 2005, against Hungary in a friendly match in Budapest. His first match didn’t go as planned as he got sent off within 2 minutes of entering the field.

Christiano Ronaldo also has been a part of a few teams in his career to this date. Firstly he played for Manchester United where they signed him in 2003 for £12.2 million. He there played under Alex Ferguson for 6 seasons. Then after that, he was signed by Real Madrid in 2009 for a whooping £80 million which was then the world-record signing. Then in 2018, he was signed by Juventus for an estimated £100 million in fees. On the 27th of August 2021, Ronaldo returned to Manchester United where he is playing currently. In national colors, he is seen leading the Portuguese side.

 

Lionel Messi Achievements:

Following are some of the major achievements of Lionel Messi:

  • He was declared the best Men’s FIFA Player of the year once in 2019
  • He has won the prestigious BALLON D’OR award 7 times in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, 2021.
  • He has been nominated as the UEFA best player in Europe award 3 times in 2009, 2011, and 2015.
  • He has been the top scorer in multiple tournaments 22 times.
  • He has been awarded the player of the year award 1- time (9 Laliga and 1 UEFA Champions League)
  • He also won the TM-Player of the season award four 4 times from 2018 to 2021 playing in Barcelona.
  • He also led his national team Argentina to the Copa America Cup win in 2020/21, this also was his first time winning that cup.
  • He also has won the champions league title 4 times with FC Barcelona in 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2014/15 seasons.
  • Messi also has won the Spanish Championship 10 times with FC Barcelona.
  • Messi also has won the Spanish Super cup for 10 times with FC Barcelona.
  • Messi in FC Barcelona has also won the FIFA Club World Cup in 2009, 2011 and 2015.

Messi matches played and goals scored:

Lionel Messi has played 778 games for FC Barcelona in which he has scored 672 goals in his Barca career and has assisted 301 times which shows how complete a player Messi is. In PSG though, he has just appeared for 13 games in which he has scored 4 goals and has assisted 3 times. Talking about his Laliga performance, He has appeared in a Laliga game for 520 matches and has scored 474 goals, and has 214 assists to his name. Talking about his performance for Argentina he has appeared in 158 matches and has scored 80 goals.

 

Christiano Ronaldo Achievements

Following are some of the major achievements of Christiano Ronaldo:

  • Christiano was declared the best Men’s FIFA Player of the year twice in 2016 and 2017 where he was playing for Real Madrid.
  • Man has won the prestigious BALLON D&’OR award 5 times(2 less than Messi) in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017.
  • He also has been nominated as the UEFA Best Player in Europe 3 times in 2014, 2016, and 2017.
  • While playing for Portugal he has won the footballer of the year for 10
  • Also, has won 1 FIFA PUSKA award in 2009.
  • People also call him legend for a reason, he also has been at the top of goal scoring spot 19 times in various leagues.
  • Won the player of the year award in 2006/07, 2007/08, 2012/13, 2013/15, 2018/19.
  • Won the Champions League 5 times for Real Madrid(4 times) and Manchester United(1 time).
  • Apart he Has been a part of the English champion team 3 times while playing for Manchester United.
  • Ronaldo also has led his team to the spot of European Champions 1 time.

Ronaldo Matches played and goals scored:

Christiano Ronaldo has been a player for Real Madrid 438 times and has scored 450 goals and has 132 assists in his name. For Manchester United, he has played 309 matches off which he has scored 130 goals and has assisted 71 times. For Juventus, he just played 134 games and has scored 101 goals with 22 assists. If we go by his stats by competition nature, He has appeared in Laliga for 292 matches and has scored 311 goals with 96 assists. He has played in 208 Premier League matches and has scored 90 goals with 47 assists. Talking about his playing for his national color he has appeared for 184 matches and has 115 assists. Recently he also surpassed 800 goals in his career which is the highest by anyone and larger than anyone would have ever expected.

 

 

Lionel Messi vs Ronaldo Net worth

Net worth comparison of these two does not justify their legacy. Messi vs Ronaldo in terms of game and stats show how great these two player are.  Below is the net worth comparison of Messi vs Ronaldo.

 

Lionel Messi Net Worth:

Lionel Messi is one of the highest-paid soccer players with an estimated net worth of over $600 million. Messi was in contract with Barcelona where he used to receive an annual wage of a whooping $168 million. And alongside salary with brand endorsements (majorly Adidas) and all he was expected to be earning 200 million dollars annually which increased after PSG signed him for 41 million USD annually.

 

Christiano Ronaldo Net Worth:

Talking about one of the most popular athletes Christiano Ronaldo also gets on the list of the top paid athletes in the world. According to Forbes magazine, he became the first action sports athlete to cross 1 billion USD in career earnings. From buying exotic cars to owning mansions and sky-scraping apartments, Christiano just does not depend upon salary but he has an Instagram account with over 366m followers and has a Twitter account with 95.4m followers which provides him the greatest opportunities for endorsements and advertisements. He also recently returned to Old Trafford with £13m with add ons of up to £7m. So Ronaldo also is one of the top-earning athletes of the world currently.

 

Conclusion on Messi Vs Ronaldo

It is very difficult to go on one side in this debate of Messi Vs Ronaldo as both the players have redefined this footballing period with their skills. All the stats are just there available and now it’s all in the hands of fans to decide who is the Greatest Of All Time. (G.O.A.T.). Share your thoughts whom do you pick and for why.

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