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Cristiano Ronaldo: The best in the world 2013/2014

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Started: 6/13/2014 Category: Sports
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Cristiano Ronaldo certainly stood out this season. He won trophies and showed that hard work beats natural talent as he surpasses Lionel Messi and his other competitors.

Resolution: In the 2013/2014 season, Cristiano Ronaldo was the best footballer in the world.

First round is acceptance, No new arguments in the last round.
Thank you.

- Shadow-Dragon -


I accept.
Debate Round No. 1


Introduction: This past year, Ronaldo has shown that he has surpassed his competitors. He has lead his side to glory in multiple occasions. Let’s look at the statistics and his success this past campaign.

{P1} La Liga

This past season, only Luiz Suarez could match the goals scored in their domestic leagues; Ronaldo and Suarez each scored 31 goals[1], an unparalleled feat in their leagues, and thus shared the golden boot.[1] Although they scored the same amount domestically, their goal scoring abilities cannot be compared because of Ronaldo’s feats outside his league.

{P2} Champions League

This past season, Ronaldo lead Real Madrid to victory in the Champions League after scoring an unprecedented 17 goals in 11 games agianst the top oppostion in Europe. [2] In addition, he set the record of most goals scored in the group stage at 9, and brought Madrid their long-awaited La Decima trophy.

{P3} Copa del Rey

Although Ronaldo did not play a part in the final due to injury, he did score 3 goals in 6 games, playing his part in the previous games.

{P4} National Teams

What Ronaldo did for Portugal this past months cannot be compared with any other player’s achievements. Ronaldo, with help from Portugal’s playmakers, scored all four goals against Sweden in the world cup qualifiers to carry Portugal to the World Cup 2014. On top of that, he scored hat-trick against Sweden in the away game (¾ goals away) from the WC playoffs, and also scored another hat-trick against Northern Ireland. He has surpassed the previous record-holder, and is now the highest scoring player in Portugal’s history. Not a surprise for a player of Ronaldo’s caliber.

{P5} Trophies

Before he went on to win the Champions League, Ronaldo had insisted that money did not matter, the trophies did. After they won the Champions League, Ronaldo kept his word and bought the staff-that helped him recover from his injury- cars of their choice.

What did he win this 13/14 season? The Champions League, the Copa del Rey, the Golden Boot, and even the Balon d’Or. In all cases, he has scored more, played better, and shown his quality on the pitch.

My fellow citizens, I have shown above that Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed his top competitors, the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, etc., and was truly the best in the world this past campaign.

Thank you.





There can be no doubt that football fans in 2014 are witnessing the careers of two of the all-time great footballers.

Messi and Ronaldo polarise opinion in a way few have done before.

But it will be the magician from Rosario; the atomic Flea; Lionel Messi who will prove himself the greatest in 2014.

Cristiano Ronaldo was a rightful winner of the Ballon d'Or last week. The Portuguese enjoyed his annus mirabilis, as he helped himself to 66 goals, 15 assists and a hat-trick that sent Portugal to the World Cup Finals in Brazil. All of this in 56 appearances.

By comparison, an injury-hit Messi struck 42 goals in his 45 games.

And yet, when it came to the voting for the Ballon d'Or winner, Ronaldo only prevailed by 3 percent, winning 31 percent of the overall votes cast.

If this, then, was a vintage year for Ronaldo and by all accounts, a difficult one for the Argentinian, why did Ronaldo struggle to attract support?

The answer lies in the two stars' personalities.

Ronaldo is the epitome of confidence. An athlete so innately aware of his own ability that he strives to display it at every given opportunity.

Messi, by comparison, is not only dangerous himself, but he makes all of those around him on the Barcelona and Argentina teams dangerous.

That selflessness, despite his incredible talent, endears Messi to his colleagues, to fans and to neutrals alike.

Where Ronaldo is as fine an example of an athlete on a football pitch you are ever likely to see, Messi comes from the Diego Maradona and George Best school of players.

Players who enchant the people that watch them; who give their opponents "twisted blood."

Truly great players create memories in fans' minds that will last a lifetime. And therein lies what football is about, not statistics.

That is why Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Zinedine Zidane, Ferenc Puskas and Pele will always be remembered as greats of the game.

And it will be in Brazil this year that Messi adds his name to that illustrious roster.

No European team has won a World Cup in South America before. The odds, then, are stacked in favour of Messi, Neymar and Co.

With Messi having had the winter to recuperate from injury, the Barcelona magician will be fresh-legged heading into a World Cup that should define his career.

He has already fired a signal of intent, grabbing two goals at Getafe in the Copa del Rey on his return from injury.

Cristiano Ronaldo may have won the battle of the statistics in 2013, but it will be Messi who creates history in 2014.
Debate Round No. 2


I enjoyed that emotional speech you gave just now, but, quite frankly, most of it was not even relevent to the resolution. In that case, I will only refute what involved the resolution- Was Ronaldo the best in the world the 13/14 season?- and perhaps mention your extrannious points.


"And yet, when it came to the voting for the Ballon d'Or winner, Ronaldo only prevailed by 3 percent, winning 31 percent of the overall votes cast. If this, then, was a vintage year for Ronaldo and by all accounts, a difficult one for the Argentinian, why did Ronaldo struggle to attract support? The answer lies in the two stars' personalities."

Well, of course this has been brought up before, but personality off the pitch should not reflect performance on the pitch. As some people describe it, Ronaldo draws his motivation from his own confidence in himself. He pushes himself because he knows he can always play better. This is what drives him.
Thus, their contrasting personalities cannot be compared.
However, I would like to correct those who constantly bash Ronaldo's personality. He is no longer the arrogant player he was off pitch at Manchester and in his early years at Madrid. He has matured as a player and as a person.


The second video especcially shows the lack of respect Ronaldo recieves, and that Messi being 'a good boy', is not true.

Once again, I am glad that you are looking forward for Messi's future, but you have not addressed the resolution at hand, and have not supported your Burdon of Proof, proving that someone else was 'better' than Ronaldo.


The following article and video [3] shows that Ronaldo has been given the support he deserves, from the global embassador of football, Pele. He explains that perhaps in previous years Messi has been better, but this past season - addressing the resolution- Ronaldo has been better.

The following article [4] shows that even Messi, my opponent's main argument, stated the following after the Balon d'Or ceremony, “I want to congratulate Cristiano because he was the winner and deserved it."

Two of the games greats, Pele and Messi, both admitted that Ronaldo was the best in the world. Thus, the readers can rethink their thoughts on my opponent's arguments even the player he supported says Ronaldo was better.

In conclusion, the point is, Ronaldo has surpassed all of his competitors. He scored the record amount of goals in the Champions League, won that, scored goals in the Copa del Rey, won that, and was top scorer in La Liga, even though his team didn't win that. He became Portugal's all-time top goal scorer and was the only player in the top five leagues in the world to pass the 50 goal mark this season. Simply put, Cristiano Ronaldo has been the best pleyer in the world this season.

The evidence and support cannot be denied. Thank you for this debate oppurtunity.




When Barcelona meet Real Madrid the biggest subplot is the battle of Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo was the world"s most expensive player when Real signed him for $131 in the summer of 2009. Prior to that he had been signed by Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon as an 18-year-old.

They are two of the highest paid soccer players in the world game.

Messi has a release clause of $400 million and his rise to the top could not contrast more starkly to that of Ronaldo. The Argentinean left Newell"s Old Boys for Barcelona at the age of 13, with the club paying for treatment on a growth hormone deficiency that threatened to stunt his progress. In 2012 he became the club's record goalscorer at the age of just 24.

Each player has won the World Player of the Year award, and has scored in a Champions League final.

Ronaldo says it is like comparing a "Ferrari with a Porsche", but who is the best?

Messi vs Ronaldo: Finishing With Feet

Messi is very much left-footed and finishes most of his chances off on that side. He generally occupied the position on the right side of attack after Josep Guardiola took over as Barcelona coach in 2008, but has featured more centrally as time has gone on. Messi is outstanding in one-on-ones, capable of the subtle dink over an advancing goalkeeper, a curled effort into the corner or a piledriver. So many chances come his way in a team that dominates most games that he will miss a few, but it is hard to find fault in Messi"s finishing. 9/10.

Where Messi generally favors brains over braun when faced with the whites of the goalposts, Ronaldo more often than not opts for sheer power. Unlike Messi, the Portuguese star is right footed, but is also adept at finishing on his weaker side. Can be guilty of profligacy, but his goals record speaks for itself. 8/10.

Messi vs Ronaldo: Finishing With Head

Messi memorably scored the second goal against Manchester United in the 2009 Champions league final with his head. But that was the exception to the rule, and most of La Pulga Atomica"s (The Atomic Flea) goals come from his left foot. 6/10.

Ronaldo scores far more goals with his head, not afraid to go in where it hurts. At 1.85 meters, Ronaldo is always going to be more effective in the air than Messi, who stands at 1.65. Ronaldo manages to apply great power to his headers and undoubtedly scores higher in this category. 8/10.

Messi vs Ronaldo: Free-kicks

Messi is capable of producing exquisite set-pieces that bend past opposing goalkeepers. His free-kicks are again more about finesse than brute force. He perhaps lacks the variation of Ronaldo. 8/10.

Ronaldo"s swerving free-kicks are a thing of beauty. When playing for Manchester United, he revealed that he uses the technique of striking the ball on the valve to get more power and movement. He is also capable of the classic curling free-kick. 9/10.

Messi vs Ronaldo: Dribbling & Control

Messi is the dribbler extraordinaire and there is no one better in the world at taking on and beating players. The beauty of Messi is that it is not just his pace that takes him past defenders, but his sublime technique, quick feet and balance. He is not the strongest or quickest player in the world, but relies on natural ability to take him past his man. 10/10.

Few players can perform a step-over like CR9, and it is such skill that helps him beat opponents repeatedly. Ronaldo's control is generally excellent, but he relies more on his pace to take him past players than his Argentinean counterpart. 9/10.

Messi vs Ronaldo: Skill & Technique

Such is Messi"s skill that the ball can appear glued to his feet as he maneuvres himself out of tight situations and finds teammates when it seems he is surrounded. Messi, like Ronaldo, can use the backheel to great effect and also has a penchant for looping the ball over a defender and collecting it on the other side. 10/10.

Ronaldo is more of a showman than Messi and can take the breath away with his array of stepovers and flicks. But in some matches, when the stepovers are taking him nowhere and he is attempting backheels that are not finding team-mates, Ronaldo stands accused of producing style over substance. He is blessed with tremendous natural ability and when on song he is a joy to watch, but he has more ineffectual matches than Messi. 9/10.

Messi vs Ronaldo: Team Play

One of the reasons Messi has been more successful at club level than international level is that he dovetails so beautifully with Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta. His chemistry with these two is a beauty to behold and there is no one at Barcelona who claims that Messi does not work hard enough or combine well with his teammates. 9/10.

Ronaldo is a player almost beyond reproach but one of the gripes that some teammates have had about him -and certainly sections of the Real Madrid support- is that he can be selfish and too obsessed with making the difference on his own. Ronaldo has been known to shoot from ridiculous angles and distances when teammates are better placed, and will often try to score when there is a superior option to his left or right. Some Real fans have made their frustrations known, and Ronaldo has actually been whistled at the Bernabeu for his individualistic approach. He also has a tendency to show his frustration and petulance towards teammates. 6/10.

Messi vs Ronaldo: Physical Prowess

Messi is not a big man and can be knocked off the ball by more imposing opponents. However, he is also well capable of holding his own in one-on-ones and often it takes a foul for a defender to knock him off the ball. 7/10.

Ronaldo is a real specimen of a man and has previously claimed to do 1000 press-ups a day as he looks to maintain his washboard stomach. He is a physically imposing player with unquestionable fitness and professionalism in looking after himself. 9/10.

Messi vs Ronaldo: Stats

A statistical comparison of club and country games, goals and assists since Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid in 2009.


Games: 64
Goals: 49
Assists: 11


Games: 61
Goals: 51
Assists: 22

Games: 73
Goals: 77
Assists: 27

Games: 65
Goals: 75
Assists: 18


Games: 39
Goals: 33
Assists: 7

Games: 65
Goals: 56
Assists: 16

Games: 67
Goals: 71
Assists: 16

Games: 73
Goals: 62
Assists: 14

Messi vs Ronaldo: Goal Totals

Over the past six seasons, the players" cumulative goal returns for club and country have been similar. Ronaldo has often been moved higher up the pitch and into a more central position as his career has progressed, while Messi is now commonly deployed by Barcelona in the position he can hurt opponents most: at the centre of the attack. He, like Ronaldo, played deeper earlier in his career but coaches such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Josep Guardiola realize that when you possess a player of the class of either of these two, it is wise to position them where they can do the most damage. 10/10 for both.


Messi exerts more influence over more games. Ronaldo has been accused of being a "flat track bully" in the past, effective in the lesser matches but disappearing when it really matters. This may be a harsh assessment, but Messi has produced more performances in the biggest games. The Argentinean scores one more point than the Real Madrid man and edges the battle of Messi vs Ronaldo.


Lionel Messi: 69/80

Cristiano Ronaldo: 68/80
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Shadow-Dragon 7 years ago
Allow me to summarize your rounds:

Round Two: Here, you simply gave a small statistic about Ronaldo and Messi 's goal scoring this season, and then compared their chances of winning the WC.

Round Three: Here, you gave some irrelevant background on the two players, then talked about certain qualities. You gave your own ratings on the players abilities, most which were biased and incorrect {Sorry, but Ronaldo is probably a 10 or a 9 out of 10 for heading; he's one of the highest jumpers in the world}
Then, you gave statistics for the previous seasons and left out the 13/14 season, the one which you should have been addressing. Once again, this is irrelevant.

I hope you understand what I mean.
Posted by inaudita 7 years ago
Indeed I have, I provided the statistics, but I didn't proviude a source, which is my bad.
Posted by Shadow-Dragon 7 years ago
My goodness. You have done this in both rounds. You just went off talking about previous years. The resolution focused on this season/year only, not what happened before, not what you predict for the future. In the last round, you just rated them whatever you felt like with the x/10 system, and that is simply too biased to be considered a legitimate source, especially since you didn't provide any sources for all of the statistics you provided.
My opponent has not addressed the resolution and has not fulfilled his side of the debate.
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