And it is worth noting how much his body shape has changed since his acne-ridden days in a Manchester United shirt, and how this has helped him evolve as a player: Alright, alright, so Ronaldo might be human perfection personified. The World Cup is not the be all and end all. Barcelona thus achieved the first treble in the history of Spanish football.
Here's how things finished this World Cup and where they stand for their careers: The Real Madrid man boasts a better ratio, with his 42 arriving in just 41 games for Los Blancos.
He would dribble past four players and score a goal. He would find the target just once amid much hype, in a group stage mauling of North Korea, with that solitary effort representing his first for his country in 16 months — a remarkable statistic for a man who now has 85 efforts to his name.
While Cristiano has changed his game to become less of a winger and more a centre-forward these days, Messi has gone the other way. The World Cup has forced us to pay attention. La Liga and the Copa del Rey. Carlo Ancelotti — Ronaldo is a unique player for all of his talent and his professionalism.
Messi's four goals topped Ronaldo's one as Argentina finished runner-up for the Cup, ultimately falling to Germany in the final. Messi worked to regain fitness in time for the Champions League finalbut on 17 May, the day of the final, he was eventually ruled out. Headers where he jumps two meters in the air.
Barcelona more often than not comes down to a battle between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Both players are out of the World Cup after their national teams were eliminated in the round of 16 on Saturday.
Ronaldo now has the edge over his rival when it comes to goals scored, but Messi has enjoyed the greater success at football's showpiece event. Messi, on the other hand, is quiet and introverted. This physicality means there is more variation to his attacking prowess — he can do much more than just lovely free kicks and pretty meandering runs into the area.
Cristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo goes into Saturday's Clasico in the midst of a which has brought almost everything possible for both him and his team, but the Real Madrid star has a few objectives left to achieve against Barcelona.
Jose Mourinho — If Messi is the best on the planet, Ronaldo is the best in the universe. His ability to lead. The football on show has forced us to do away with our preconceived notions. Their tournaments ended in the round of 16, an appropriate exit ramp for underwhelming sides that were overly dependent on their superstars.
Not sure I need to go any further. Funnily enough, that was the cover of Sport and Mundo Deportivo over 10 years ago, when a teenage Messi tore through Madrid with a hat trick at Camp Nou in a thrilling draw. You could see what was coming. One suspects he is a truly commanding presence in the dressing room, who is able to gee up his teammates when it matters.
I almost just passed out writing that. Two summers ago, frustrated by the Argentine federation, he retired from international soccer, then reversed course. Considering how has gone so far personally for him and his team, the timing could be ideal. I thought of all the things that could happen when we are looking away, the universe we miss in a blink.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, had 13 caps, three goals and two assists for Portugal, with his best finish coming in when Portugal finished in fourth. There are intangible qualities that go towards greatness, like leadership. Here are few of the quotes from few of the biggest names in the business.
He scored again in his second outing, but it became clear that Portugal was not diverse enough to go much further. Rijkaard had fielded him despite warning from the medical staff, leading captain Carles Puyol to criticise the Spanish media for pressuring Messi to play every match.
Edinson Cavani was covering for his left back on counters, and Luis Suarez bit on the heels as an auxiliary defensive midfielder to help out a younger Lucas Torreira. For me the best ever. Aside from his national team rise, Mbappe starred at Monaco before moving on loan to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
But there really is something to be said for appreciating both Messi and Ronaldo. This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.
When he was injured at the Euro final he basically became their manager on the sidelines!. Lionel Messi also possesses an incredible left foot and prefers to get the ball to his preferred foot.
Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand, has a lethal right foot. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had contrasting summers, but Portugal's success does not settle the debate about who is better.
Argentina striker Lionel Messi (R) shakes hands with Portugal's striker Cristiano Ronaldo (L) ahead of kick off of the international friendly football match between the Argentina and Portugal. Ronaldo or Messi?
Former Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney settles the Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi debate, calling the latter as 'the greatest of all time'. C'garh polls: Fate of many candidates to be sealed today.
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo. Sp S on S so S red S · November 22, · Ronaldo:"Fələstinə yollayacağım pullara Qəzza bölgəsində məktəblərin tikilməsini istəyirəm.
Buna çalışacağam. Tanrı dünyadakı bütün uşaqları qorusun". Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi are the consensus two best players in the world heading into the World Cup.
(Getty) And Messi, by the way, has evolved as well.Lionel messi vs cristiano ronaldo