The Messi-Ronaldo competitiveness is a rivalry between the football fans of Argentinian forward Lionel Messi and Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and purportedly between the footballers themselves. Both of them are extensively regarded as the two best players of their generation. They are also regarded as the greatest of all time by many football fans around the globe. Both Ronaldo and Messi have frequently broken the 50-goal barrier in a single season. They have both scored over 600 goals each in their careers for country and club.
Some sports journalists analyze the differing playing styles physiques of the Ronaldo and Messi. But in some places, a major part of the debate revolves around the contrasting personalities of the Ronaldo and Messi. Messi is portrayed with reserved character while Ronaldo is sometimes described as someone of temperamental character.
Messi has always denied any rivalry and blames the journalists and media for creating it. He says “only the press, the media, who wants us to fight but I’ve never fought with Ronaldo”. Ronaldo’s manager at Manchester United during his time Alex Ferguson said “I don’t think the rivalry against each other bothers them at all. I think they have their own pride in terms of wanting to be the best”.
Ronaldo vs Messi in 2018
Ronaldo was the highest scorer in the UEFA Champions League for the sixth successive season and won his 5th Champions League title. He played in the World Cup and scored 4 goals which included a hat-trick against Spain after his victory with Real Madrid. Eventually, he became the second highest goal scorer in International football. He also became the highest in teams from the European football federation. He is also the first player to score in nine consecutive International tournaments and became the oldest hat-trick scorer at the FIFA World Cup. He is the most expensive player who is over 30-years-old. Totally, he scored 43 goals in all matches at the club level in 2018 which is the second highest tally for the year. He racked up 14 assists this year for Real Madrid and Juventus combined. Ronaldo scored six goals in just seven games and is the country’s top scorer for the year for Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo also became the most followed person on Instagram.
Messi won 3 more trophies to his cabinet by winning the Copa del Rey, La Liga, and Supercopa de España which took his overall trophy count to 33 in 2018. This means he can become the most decorated player of football in Europe at the end of the ongoing season. Lionel won the Golden Shoe for the 2018 season in Europe. This is his fifth overall and the greatest number of golden shoes any player has won ever. In 2018, he has scored 47 goals and 23 assists in all competitions for Barcelona. The number of goals he has scored is the highest in Europe and his assists are the third highest in Europe. Messi scored four goals for Argentina in the world cup but his performance in the World cup was a little disappointing.
Lionel Messi had the greatest number of goals, assists, chances created and dribbles completed in the La Liga at the end of the 2017/18 season. He also tops all four charts this season as well with a large margin. Messi has scored more goals and assists than any player in Europe’s top 5 leagues last season. He also scored six goals in the Champions League which is the second highest in the competition at the moment for the season.
Ronaldo was in most of the headlines in 2018 because of a few remarkable goals in crunch situations and also because of his massive move to Juventus. But in 2018 it is hard to pick him over Messi even though the awards for the year tell a different story.