Needless to say, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the world’s two best footballers of all time. The best part? They are still playing. Though Ronaldo won both the European Cup and the Premier League title, there’s no denying that Lionel Messi is a better player than Cristiano.
Messi has broken several records in his 16 years of career, itching his name in history books. If you have been watching live soccer streaming, you might already have seen El Clasico many times. Even in head-to-head, Messi has won 115 matches, compared to Real Madrid’s 100 wins.
Now, let’s move on to the top ten reasons why Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo.
1 – Accuracy
In football, accuracy is one of the most important things. That’s where Messi stands out from the crowd. Messi has scored 28 goals in just 160 shots. On the other side, Ronaldo has scored 31 goals in 216 shots. That’s only 3 goals in 56 opportunities. Besides, Messi believes in assist. However, if you saw Ronaldo playing, he focuses more on the counter-attack. Also, Messi’s average goal scoring rate is 0.81 per game compared to Ronaldo’s 0.72.
2 – Messi is more disciplined than Ronaldo
If you are a die-hard football fan, you might have seen more of Ronaldo’s fights than of Messi. It isn’t new for us to see Ronaldo getting the yellow card or being sent off the field. Though Messi has seen the same, you will see Ronaldo has higher numbers if you look at the statistics. For instance, in the 2013-2014 season, Messi received 3 yellow cards. Ronaldo, on the other hand, received 16 in that same year.
3 – Messi is a Leader
Ronaldo has led Portugal to the world cup and other championships many times. However, he is not a leader; his team members would look up to. Ronaldo tries to grab every opportunity he gets. Messi, however, is a good team leader. He has single-handedly led the team in several matches.
4 – More Scores in Free Kicks
Free kicks have changed the entire game many times. This makes it imperative to convert it as many times as possible. Both Ronaldo and Messi are the ones taking free kicks for their respective times. Ronaldo has scored 54 times from the free-kick, while Messi has scored 52 times. It is also worth noting that Messi has played 150 fewer matches than Ronaldo.
5 – Accolades
When it comes to collecting trophies, both Ronaldo and Messi are at the top. However, Messi has one extra Ballon d’Or. He has six while Ronaldo has five. Though Ronaldo fans argue that he has an international trophy, Messi has an Olympic gold medal.
6 – Passing Ability and Accuracy
Lionel Messi is one of the finest passers in football history, all credit goes to Pep Guardiola. Besides, his ex-teammates, like Xavi and Iniesta, are yet another great player who has helped Lionel master the art of passing.
When it comes to defending, Messi surpasses Ronaldo in all aspects. While you may argue that what’s the need for defending when being forward players. The game of football is such that an all-rounder can change the game altogether. Messi has a 0.6 interception rate and 0.7 tackle rate. Ronaldo, on the other hand, has a 0.3 interception rate and 0.2 tackle rate.
8 – Messi is More Creative
When it comes to creativity, we have seen Messi trying new ways to score the goal. Ronaldo, however, hasn’t experimented enough except for his butterfly kick. This may be due to the fact that Guardialo and Xavi himself nurtured him.
9 – Messi is Faster
When compared to Ronaldo, Messi is more agile and faster. Messi can change his direction of dribbling without having to miss his momentum, unlike Ronaldo. In fact, it is a known fact that Messi can dribble five to six defenders at a time, while Ronaldo can get by a maximum of two to three defenders.
10 – Technical Ability
Messi’s technical ability is far better than Ronaldo’s. Though both are better than most of the football players out there, Messi beats Ronaldo in terms of technical ability.
As you can see, Messi is way better than Ronaldo in many aspects, including technical ability, speed, score, and awards. Who do you love? Ronaldo or Messi? Let us know in the comments.