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Ronaldo vs Messi

Ronaldo and Messi have impressive stats, but a closer look at them proves Messi make decisions better and, more importantly, brings greater value to his team. The Economist rated Messi and Ronaldo goals based on their context and importance. These stats, called probably Points Added (PPA), rate goals by their added win probability. It means, a winning goal in the last minute of the game is rated higher than the fourth goal scored in a 4-0 win. Messi’s PPA stands at 59.5 while Ronaldo’s is 50.4.

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Moreover, Messi makes better decisions. On valuing each pass, shot, chance created or a dribble made by players, and then rating the player’s decision-making and efficiency. He makes good decisions 0.63% of the time. And Ronaldo’s decision making rate stands only on 0.43%.

Messi is a Good team player

Messi is not only an incredible scorer and gifted playmaker, he also makes everyone around him a better player. A true leader, he brings his team together. Not only does he have more assists and passes than Cristiano Ronaldo, he is always using his phenomenal vision to keep his teammates involved. Messi has great intelligence, finding free spaces to move into, receiving the ball and then laying it off to a team-mate, to build attacks.

On the other side, Ronaldo is a more of an executor, who plays high up the pitch and scores great goals when given the chance, Messi, who can do that just as his, but he is also comfortable dropping deep and keeping possession of the ball with his team. From these positions, he can send his colleagues on dangerous runs with pin-point passes. This different skills makes him that much better than Ronaldo.

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Ronaldo is more skilled and advanced player

Nowadays, soccer is more dynamic and athletic than ever. This game has become faster, stronger and more demanding in most aspects of physicality. While Messi may be more talented, Ronaldo’s combination of physical and technical abilities just makes him better as well as best. He is 6’’1 of pure putugulses muscle. This means he’s very hard to push off the ball and, combined with his NBA star-like jumping ability, makes his headers a serious threat. Ronaldo’s combination of dizzying pace, great dribbling and powerful shooting with either foot terrorizes defenses.

He is simply a better fit for today’s game. His athleticism is second to none; he combines dizzying pace with powerful shooting and a jumping ability of an NBA star, which makes his headers a serious threat to the opposition. Ronaldo is literally more than Messi, is the ideal model of the next generation of players.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s best player – better than Lionel Messi, according to Pele

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Pele prefers Ronaldo to Barcelona talisman Messi as he believes the former is ‘more consistent’
Ronaldo and Messi were direct rivals for several years in Spain at Barca and Real MadridBrazil legend, Ronaldinho has picked his ‘best player’ between Barcelona ace, Lionel Messi, and Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 38-year-old explained that he prefers Messi over Ronaldo because of the manner in which the Argentine captain plays the game.Ronaldinho, who is a three-time winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award, believes Messi is the best player of all time because the Barca No. 10 has done what no other player has done.Speaking on who is the better player between Messi and Ronaldo, Ronaldinho told Sport, “For me it’s not a question over who is more complete, it’s a question of taste.“I prefer Messi’s style. He [Messi] is the best in history, no doubt.“Nobody has done what Messi’s done. I hope he plays 20 more years.Those who love football would love to have him here [Barcelona] for much longer.“I think when he leaves, nobody will be able to take the No 10 of Leo.”He added, “The other one [Ronaldo] is complete, he has it all.So does Messi, but it’s a question of taste and I prefer Messi’s style.”Ronaldinho spent five years at Barcelona after arriving in 2003, during which he won two La Liga titles, a Spanish Super Cup and the UEFA Champions League.ronaldo

1. Strength

Cristiano Ronaldo:

Cristiano’s 1.85 meters tall and weighs 85 Kg so you would expect him to be a bull physically.

But he’s not.

It might be more mental than anything, but he shies away from contact and prefers to go down rather than physically outshine the opposing defenders.

When he wants to though, he can be physical and hold the ball with his back towards goal.

He certainly doesn’t like it and prefers not to do it, though.

Lionel Messi:

Lionel Messi is very good strength for someone that barely crosses 1.70 meters as their height. The Argentinian can shield defenders off the ball and can hold it with his back towards goal.

Anyone that has seen him can also notices he can resist opponents lunges and tackles towards his legs, and he can resist the hardest slides while remaining on his feet.

Who’s stronger? Tie 

When all those things are taken into account, they’re more or less the same physically for their rival’s defenses.   

It all starts out with a tie.

2. Top Speed / Acceleration

Lionel Messi:

Messi’s not as fast as you might think top speed wise, but his agility and acceleration in short spaces are the best in the world. Period.

He’s definitely more quick than fast and can blow opponents away on pure burst.

Cristiano Ronaldo:

Cristiano is a sprinter. When in full speed, he’s one of the fastest players in the world.

His acceleration’s not that bad either, but he’s more fast than quick.

If he’s in fourth gear sprinting, you just won’t catch him.

But if he’s standing still, there’s a better chance of stopping him.

Who’s Faster? Tie 

Both Lio and CR7 exploit defender speed wise. While the Argentinian abuses them on short speed, Ronaldo wins on top speed.

3. Technique

Cristiano Ronaldo:

Cristiano has magnificent tecnhique for a player over 1.85 meters.

He loves flicks and tricks and can do basically anything on the book when the ball is on his feet.

Lionel Messi:

Messi just might be the top technician in the world…with everything except his right foot.

Other than that, he can control the ball in every situation with every single part of his body.

Who’s more technical? Messi 

Even with his “one-footedness,” Lionel wins this battle because his tecnhique is a little better than Cristiano’s. Still very close to a tie though.

4. Passing

Lionel Messi:

Messi is definitely not at Xavi’s level when passing the ball, but he has established himself as a consistent passer and assister this past two seasons.

He also actively participates in Barcelona’s play creation.

…At least when he actually wants to pass the ball.

Sometimes he gets greedy and just doesn’t pass when his teammates are open to make a play.

Cristiano Ronaldo:

Cristiano likes the ball to be in one man’s feet: Cristiano’s.

He does have good skills and vision when passing the ball, but he just doesn’t like to share it at all and wants to finish plays himself most of the time.

Who’s the better passer? Messi

As a passer, I’d take Messi, even if it’s just because he’s the least selfish of the two.

5. Crossing

Cristiano Ronaldo:

Cristiano Ronaldo benefited from his time in England to perfect his crossing technique.

Even though he’s not a corner kick taker because of his heading skills (more on that later), he’s a very good crosser and long passer.

It’s a shame he sometimes prefers to take a shot at an odd angle on goal rather than crossing the ball.

Lionel Messi:

The farther away the play is from Messi, the worse he becomes. When he was a winger, he never excelled at crossing the ball. And even if he likes to take the corner kicks at Barcelona, he’s not proficient at long balls at all.

That’s probably why Barcelona take all those short corners.

Who’s a better crosser? Ronaldo 

I’d take Ronaldo any day if my game was depending on a cross into the box.

6. Aerial Football / Heading

Lionel Messi:

Messi is fantastic in the air for his short height and has scored lots of goals heading it in.

But he is no way a dangerous force in that area even if he’s not as bad as his height would initally suggest.

Cristiano Ronaldo:

Cristiano is very dangerous as a header and is also proficient at defending with his head. His 1.85 meter height helps him out, but he also has amazing positioning and very good jumping skills.

When you face CR7, one of the main dangers he poses is his aerial game.

Who’s the better header? CR7

It should be a very wide margin win for Ronaldo, but even though Messi is good for his height, the Portuguese star still takes this category by a lot.

7. Shooting

Cristiano Ronaldo:

Ronaldo certainly enjoys launching “Ronaldo Rockets” on goal as much as he can every game. And that’s partly because he has one of the world’s most powerful and deadliest shots. With both legs, too. At least when he’s on target.

But truth is, even though he has a fantastic hard shot, most of them end up way off target.

If he could improve his accuracy…imagine the possibilities.

Lionel Messi:

Messi prefers placing over power when he shoots. And even though he normally doesn’t take hard long shots on goal, he can do it as well, even if it’s not his strong suit.

His strength is accuracy, and at that, he’s one of the world’s best. It’s rare to see Lio’s shots end up way off target.

Who’s a better shooter? Ronaldo 

If I were an opposing goalkeeper, I’d be more afraid of a “Ronaldo Rocket” than anything Messi can provide, even if he has deadly accuracy.

If Cristiano’s on goal, his shots are simply unstoppable.

8. Finishing

Cristiano Ronaldo:

Ronaldo has very good positioning and creates a lot of scoring opportunities, but his “all-power” approach doesn’t serve him well when he’s close to a goal.

When he’s one-on-one against the keeper or with a clear-scoring chance, Cristiano’s not as lethal as he should be.

He’s actually deadlier when his chances aren’t that easy.

Lionel Messi:

Messi has become a lethal poacher in the area in Barcelona’s drawn out No. 9 role. If I’ve seen him push in 40 goals with one-touch strikes inside the area the past two years, I wouldn’t be exaggerating.

He has lots of thank you’s to give to Villa, Pedro, Iniesta and Xavi.

But when the play needs clinical finishing, Lio is right there to punch it home every time.

Who’s a better goal-scorer? Messi 

When they’re inside tha area and all the ball needs is some gentle, well-placed pushing, Messi is your man, and Cristiano is a long way behind him.

9. Passion for the Game

Cristiano Ronaldo:

Ronaldo is one of the most passionate players in the game today.

You can just see he wants to score and win every single play he has.

He’s just as passionate off-the-field, and he works his face off to be the physical marvel he is today.

Lionel Messi:

Messi is passionate about football. Quietly passionate, at least.

Inside his withdrawn self, it seems he enjoys the game very much, even if he’s not outspoken about it.

Who’s more passionate? Ronaldo 

Cristiano takes this one, by the mere fact that he makes it more evident for the common fan.

Messi doesn’t have the outbursts Cristiano has, and that makes him lose this one.


Lionel Messi:

Messi’s mentality isn’t the best around. His incapacity to win when under pressure with Argentina and Barcelona shines through.

The fact you sometimes ask—¿Where’s Messi?—is proof enough.

Cristiano Ronaldo:

Cristiano wants to win. Badly. And that plays against him when he’s under pressure.

Ironically, he tries to do too much and ends up doing nothing.

Who’s the better dribbler? Tie

Neither is particularly good under pressure, to be honest.

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Lionel messi and Cristiano Ronaldo (CR7).

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  1. Harshit kumar Reply

    Cristiano Ronaldo is my favourite player and he is the best.

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