Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have managed to polarize the footballing world between themselves for years. Their support encompasses fans, neutrals and a range of pundits, spending hours, arguing amongst themselves as to which of the two are better than the other.
Yes, there are the great rivalries of ‘Pele and Maradona’; ‘Zidane and Ronaldinho’ or even ‘Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira’, but these five points will prove why these two are one step ahead of others:
#1 They Make History Day in Day Out
Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo set foot in La Liga, he and Lionel Messi have been literally at each other’s’ throat on the field. Every single record that one can possibly think of, have been smashed by “LM10” and “CR7” that have been set across a century. Those records have tumbled at a rate of almost a couple every month by those two.
However, this record-breaking part of them what makes them so unique. There is a list of records that they are yet to break, but which is shorter than the list they have already broken. It is proof of a cut-throat rivalry between these two players who have a right to be called the best two players of all times. After all, we don’t see players score 50 and above goals in four consecutive seasons for their respective club.
#2 They carry two of the biggest teams on the planet
What really makes them the unquestionable best of the lot, is the fact that the two players carry two of the biggest teams on the planet. It is somewhat imaginable that teams as rich in player resources as Barcelona and Real Madrid should struggle in the absence of any one player. However, it has been the case where the great clubs suffers temporally off forms. Their presence makes the team become almost invincible, which eventually fades if either has to choose to have an off day. So it is clear that two of the best players on the planet carrying their respective clubs. This makes sense that the two clubs have won 15 European Cups between themselves.
#3 They do their talking on the pitch and not off it
There are many great rivalries, where players are still at each other’s throats when given an opportunity to talk to each other. Even after they have ended their football career as a player. However, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, do not involve themselves in a war of words at all. They seem to be quite happy to keep their anxiety inside themselves and only let it all out on the pitch. Week in week out, if one scores a goal, the other scores a hat-trick to outdo him, on in the same game week. Simply one breaks a record only for the other to outdo them in a few weeks’ time. In fact, if someone place their making and breaking records exploits in a timeline, then they could argue that they’re practically conversing and arguing through the tumbling records.
#4 They Respect Each Other
It is true that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s fans are polarized into two sets, are constantly at each other’s throats as to the superiority of either player. However, the two players have never really been at loggerheads with each other off the pitch themselves.
Both of them has revealed in countless interviews that there’s respect between the two and the rivalry only matters on the field. This was further pushed through as recently a video went viral, where Cristiano and Messi holding their sons in front of each other with Cristiano Ronaldo telling his son to greet his ‘rival’s son.
#5 They Dominate the Ballon D’or
This is one of the most important reason, why the rivalry between these two are one step ahead of others.
From 2008 to 2015, in these eight years, either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi claimed the biggest individual award in the game year in year out. However, Lionel Messi has dominated the prize than Cristiano Ronaldo has.
No other players have managed to dominate and keep a duopoly over this individual award as strongly as these two have. This is also the very basis of the argument that these two are surely the greatest duo to have graced the game at the same time.