Comparison, the most common tool used by the humans to compare what they have and what they lack. Comparison is an inbuilt function in the human nature that comes right from the birth itself. And in the same manner football has always been whirled by the comparison, whether it’s the comparison between two clubs, two countries, or on an individual basis i.e., previously it was between the football greats Maradona v/s Pele or between the current greats Messi v/s Ronaldo, comparison has always been at the heart of the world football. Let us see why Ronaldo is the better goal scorer as compared to Messi.
Ronaldo v/s Messi is one of the biggest and longest rivalries in the world football and it still exists till date. It keeps on increasing with each passing game. These football greats enjoy a huge fan following around the globe. Both are arguably the best in the business and one cannot deny the fact that both are legends of the game. No one can compare them but Ronaldo has a clear advantage over Messi in some areas.
Ronaldo has a very different playing style as compared to his Argentine rival Messi. The way the Portuguese sets up his teammates with his variety of skills like cross, pass or even a header makes him a constant threat for his opponents. He is just as deadly in front of goal, as his unbelievable scoring record suggests. He is the fastest player in La Liga to score 50, 100, 150 and 200 goals, and has gone past 50 strikes in every season at Real Madrid except his very first in 2009-10.
Ronaldo and Messi are two of the most complete players in the history of football, but if you had to compare the skills between these two titans of the sport, Ronaldo manages to just edge Messi.
Ronaldo is taller and has stronger physique as compared to Messi and this physical difference is the result that both players have their own unique playing styles. Ronaldo’s great physique and incredible power gives him greater free-kicking and long range shooting ability as compared to Messi. Due to a height difference of six inches between the two, Ronaldo also possesses a world-class ability to jump, something Messi just physically can’t match.
Ronaldo has won the European Golden shoe award four times in his professional career while Messi has achieved this feat only three times till now. What makes Ronaldo’s record more interesting is that he has achieved this record playing for Two different leagues i.e., English Premier League and La Liga, whilst Messi has achieved it by plying in La Liga only.
Ronaldo has won two different League titles with two different teams while Messi has only won titles in La Liga as he has played in only one League. In the game that requires very high level of fitness, Messi has suffered through many injuries in his career, while Ronaldo has managed to maintain his fitness level throughout his career, thanks to his trainers who always kept him top shape. Ronaldo was also awarded ‘Healthiest Player Award’.
When it comes to representing the National colors, Ronaldo surely has an advantage over his counterpart Messi as the former has enjoyed much more success compared to the Argentine. And Ronaldo’s crowning glory as captain for the Portugal came when he lifted the EURO 2016 where in the final he was forced off with an injury after 25 minutes and still managed to inspire his team from the sidelines to a memorable 1-0 victory in the extra time over the host France. Messi has a very poor record for his country as he has lost last four Copa America finals with Argentina and also quit football after he missed his spot kick in the penalty shoot out to Chile in a decider.
Messi is one of the greatest players to ever play for Argentina but he will forever be playing under the shadow of some great Argentine footballers such as Gabriel Batistuta and Diego Maradona. Until Messi achieves some glory in his international colors he will always be under immense pressure of the Argentine supporters and fans, whilst Portugal does not have any such legendary heroes, Ronaldo is the greatest football player Portugal has ever had in the history of the game. With no burden of past glories hanging over, Ronaldo can play much more freely as compared to Messi.
But one cannot deny the fact that this both these player have taken football to a whole new level. They are the greatest players that the game of football might ever witness.