Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Who is better?
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are still fighting for the right to be called the best football player in the world. Year after year they beat world records and this year Ronaldo has won his fourth Champions League. Last season, Ronaldo won four trophies: UEFA Super Cup, The FIFA Club World Cup, The Spanish football champions and Champions League. The fourth victory in the Champions League allowed him to catch up with Messi and for the sixth time to become the best scorer of the Champions League (Messi became five times).
Messi won 32 career titles, of which 30 were in Barcelona, and Ronaldo – 24, of which 12 were in the T-shirt of “Royal Club”.
Messi has surpassed Ronaldo this season. The Argentinian sent 54 goals to the net (of which 37 in La Liga), which allowed him to become the best scorer of the Spanish football champions for the fourth time. Ronaldo started slowly but added in the key part of the season and as a result – 42 goals for 46 games, of which 25 in La Liga.
Both are leading scorers of their national teams, Ronaldo scored 71 goals for Portugal and Messi – 58 for Argentina.
Midfielder of Real Madrid and Portugal’s national team Cristiano Ronaldo is the fastest football player in the world. According to researchers, Ronaldo is able to run at a speed of 33.6 kilometers per hour. Concerning Messi, his maximum speed per hour is 32,5 kilometers.
The salary and bonuses from “Barcelona” amounted to 51 million euros to Messi’s budget. Advertising contracts with Adidas, Gatorade, Lays, EA Sports, Turkish Airlines added to this amount 26 million euros. Concerning Ronaldo, his income for the year is 82 million euros! From “Real” Ronaldo received in the form of salaries and bonuses of 53 million euros. Advertising agreements with Nike, Tag Heuer, Herbalife, Clear For Men, Pestana Hotel Group and Capital have increased the state of the 31-year-old forward by 29 million euros.
Who is better? It is not an easy answer because they have completely different styles and character of a game. But concerning the results, statistics show that they are at the same level. The fact that they both have five golden balls is the best proof of my words. Who will win the next Golden Ball? Very soon we will know the answer to this question.