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Messi is better than Ronaldo

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Started: 10/29/2013 Category: Sports
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One of the things aside from honors and stats, that also speaks in Messi's favour:

Is the fact that he's a hundred billion times more reliable than Christiano, no matter what way a game is going, Messi will always be seen doing his best, players will continuously tackle him but he still gets up, even with a smile on his face no matter how much punishment he receives and believe me when I say I've seen him take some pretty nasty tackles.

Apply the same scenarios to Ronaldo, he's good when he's winning, but when things starts going against him he breaks down entirely, will start looking for fake fouls and become even more of a deva than he generally is often putting his team even further back.
You can barely touch Christiano without making him "fly like a leaf" and he'll also most probably cry baby deluxe for 5 minutes as well wasting major play time to boot.

I can't stand him, a despicable player with weak team-mentality who'll rather take a bad shot and miss than pass the ball to his teammates that are 99% of the times in better position.
And no, his great technique, stamina and speed (which also are inferior to Messis) do not make up for his obvious lack of team orientation and weak mentality.

Lastly, anyone who believes he is on par with or better than Messi is clearly delusional.
Christiano don't even come close.


Messi can't perform during important games. He didn't even play against Real Madrid during the semi final for La Copa del Rey. Messi may lead scoring for the moment, but he doesn't have the overall support of the actual players who acknowledge that he is the better of the two. Barca is not the team they think they are even with Messi.
Debate Round No. 1


I will never understand why these two have been compared for so long now. CR7 is a beast, butA279; he is NOT EVEN CLOSE to Messi's level, no one is. Messi at 25 is compared to legends and said to be the best in history, cr7 at 28 is compared to Messi and can't even beat him alone. That tells u something


In my opinion C.Ronaldo is much better than Messi because he can play in every team,as we can see now what he is doing in Real Mad.
Here is why I think Ronaldo is better than Messi
1. This is the most obvious one I think and that is, Ronaldo can hit the ball equally well with both feet while Messi SURE can"t. That gives Ronaldo more mobility on the wing and can trick opponents with the use of either feet for dribbling. The plus point Messi has is that, he is so good with his left foot that he hardly requires the use of his right foot in any situation, but still, when we talk about the best, two footed ability is certainly a thing Ronaldo can rely upon to out shine Messi because there will always be situations where Messi would have to cut back on the ball while Ronaldo would just use his left foot to shoot or pass. A lethal weapon to wrong foot the keeper which is the key to scoring goals when one does not have the accuracy of Zidane or Beckham.

2. Second is obviously that Ronaldo can head the ball better. Now this may seem in contrast to what happened in Champions League final 2009 when L.Messi scored off a header to give Barcelona the 2-0 lead over Manchester United and the two defenders marking Messi were Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, who are considered to be the best aerial defenders in the world by far but if we ignore that goal, then I do not think that anyone can find a goal from Messi where he uses his head. He does not need to by the way. Anyway, Ronaldo has scored a lot of vital goals for Manchester United by heading the ball and a player as good as Ronaldo, with the ball at his feet, deceives the defenders into thinking that he would not be a threat at headers but in reality, Ronaldo is a big threat, his physique and ripped legs, allow him to jump higher than most people allows him to score headers.

3. Ronaldo can take free kicks like 100 times better than Messi. That also has to do with the fact that Messi does not actually take free kicks for Barcelona, very rarely have I seen Messi taking free kicks either for Argentina (his national team) or Barcelona (his current club side, though Manchester City have appeared to hand him a blank check to name his price in order to move to Manchester City). Ronaldo"s free kick technique is the most unique in history, his free kicks usually change direction mid air several times which fools the keeper into going the other way than he is supposed to but consistency is a problem for Ronaldo. Ronaldo can score from any position on the field with his free kicks. Just look at his goals for Manchester United from free kicks in the season 2008-2009 and who can forget the goal he scored against Arsenal in Champions League Semi Final 2009. What a cracker of a goal, you must watch it in order to feel the power behind Ronaldo"s free kicks.

4. Ronaldo can shoot from any position while Messi has to get close to the penalty area to have any chance of scoring a goal. For people who do not understand this, just search Ronaldo goal against Porto Champions League Quarter Final 2009 and you will realize that Ronaldo has more range in his shooting ability than Messi, not to mention that Messi does not need long shoots but it does gives Ronaldo the edge when it comes to opening up defenses, defenders cannot just park a bus in front of the goal because Ronaldo would just take a look and BOOM, Ronaldo rocket into the back of the net

5. Ronaldo is better looking and has better physique which means that he is stronger than Messi but Ronaldo is so clever, that he takes a dive whenever he feels he is being touched. That sends the signal to the opponent that though Ronaldo may be over 6 foot, he is not going to get physical and get whacked around all over the park as in case of Messi. Messi is more determined than Ronaldo to stay on his feet and thus, he pays the price for it as defenders constantly try to hack him down to the ground and make some pretty ugly tackles on him. This also gives Ronaldo another dimension. In any match, Ronaldo may choose to be theatrical and take dives, or he might show his upper body strength and not go down on every challenge made on him, thus keeping the defenders guessing of what Ronaldo"s going to do at any instant.

I think I have presented some pretty strong points for Ronaldo being better than Messi. If there are 5 skills in a footballer, Ronaldo gets an 8 (or 8.9) in each one, while Messi gets a 7 in 2 and a perfect 10 in the other 3. Ronaldo is a threat to the opposition from every corner of the ground. Long shoots, free kicks, headers, finishing, speeed, strength and good passing range as well. While Messi is better at running people and beating them with ease, but I think any expert would agree that planning against Messi is a bit easier than planning against Ronaldo because Ronaldo can hurt them in so many ways.

Messi does rely a lot on his face. Any injury can be a serious one for his career and while Ronaldo also relies heavily on his pace, he has other weapons which he can put to good use in case of a injury that hampers his running speed
Debate Round No. 2


From 2009 onwards, Messi has turned into a footballing "god". Ballon d"Or winner in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012".that"s four. Four consecutive Ballon d"Or awards. Champions League top scorer 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. La Liga Player of the Year 2009, 2010 and 2011. UEFA Best Player in Europe award in 2011. He"s scored more than 40 goals every season since 2009. The list goes on. More recently, 91 goals in a calendar year, not many, in fact only one other player can boast of that. A phenomenal achievement, by a phenomenal player.

Lionel Messi isn"t as muscular as Ronaldo. He"s not too bothered about how he looks. Maybe his weaker foot isn"t as good as Ronaldo"s, but who needs to use their weaker foot when they can chip the keeper from four yards anyway? His free kicks are as good as Ronaldo"s. He glides past players like they"re not even there. Likening him to Maradona is a sin, he"s even better. Watching him play is unreal. All you can do is sit there with your mouth wide open and admire. He is every inch as good as Ronaldo, if not better.


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