Ronaldo v Messi argument settled by those who have seen them live

first_imgPAUL JIGGINS“Not much to choose between the pair technically and statistically, but I would plump for Messi as he strikes me as more a team player.” MARK IRWIN“Probably the best players in the history of football, at club level there is nothing to choose between them. But on the international stage, Cristiano has always delivered for a distinctly average Portuguese team while a far more talented Argentina side has regularly underwhelmed despite Messi‘s presence. So on that basis I have to give my vote to Ronaldo.” TOM BARCLAY“If you had to pick one now, it would be Ronaldo because he, unbelievably, is getting better with age while Messi is not quite at the stratospheric level he was five or six years ago. I’d still have 2012 Messi over any-era Ronaldo every day of the week though.” Who would you prefer in your team? 8 Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi are football’s main men. They are the best players in the world playing for two of the club game’s best teams. They have fans around the globe and continue to break records and set new ones. They are wrecking balls designed with the sole purpose of demolishing the steeliest defences.But who is better? Apparently you can only pick one of them, so how do decide? Having watched Ronaldo score a hat-trick against Spain in Portugal’s opening World Cup game and Messi stutter for Argentina against Iceland, talkSPORT.com asked a handful of SunSport writers – all of whom have seen the deadly duo live – to try and settle the Ronaldo v Messi debate. CHARLIE WYETT“Ronaldo is incredible but I still go for Messi. Amazing skill and the best player I have ever watched.” Messi is Argentina’s top scoring player with 64 goals, scored in 124 games 8 Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are considered to be the best two players in football right now, with both winning the Ballon d’Or award five times 8 8 Ronaldo has scored 657 career goals for club and country, 41 more than Messi 8center_img 8 talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit talkSPORT.com for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia. Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 for a then record £80m 8 Ronaldo is level with Ferenc Puskas for international goals scored, placing him joint second behind Iran’s Ali Daei’s 109 MARTIN LIPTON“To make my soul soar, Messi. To play for my life, Ronaldo. And pragmatism is always the safest policy!” Messi has scored 552 goals for Barcelona since making his debut in 2004 Ronaldo is Portugal’s captain and has scored 84 goals in 151 games NEIL CUSTIS PHIL THOMAS“Ronaldo wins it every day of the week for me. Stronger, faster, better in the air, totally two-footed. One of the few who stands comparison with George Best to United fans. If he was from Argentina, they wouldn’t still be waiting for a first World Cup since 1986.” “It’s Ronaldo for me every time. He could play in any team in the world and lift them to another level. His shear athleticism means he can dig in and play in a rough tough game, but his brilliance on the ball matches anything out there too in a match full of quality.” 8last_img

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