The incredible debate of who is the best player in the world between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will continue to increase forever and ever, no matter which league both players are playing in. Though, the main focus will be on the last five to ten seasons, where both individuals went head-to-head with one another on a weekly basis as Barcelona and Real Madrid became spoilt with success.
In that period, one giant clashed with another giant as the passionate supporters of the beautiful game enjoyed a rivalry that is being regarded as the greatest rivalry in the history of football. In terms of the numbers and trophies won, Messi is superior as he has achieved 472 goals, 176 assists, 24 trophies won, five Ballon D’or awards and five Golden boots whilst Ronaldo has incredibly produced 450 goals, 119 assists, 16 trophies won, five Ballon D’or awards and three Golden boots.
Focusing more on the Barcelona man, he has won all the individuals awards that were up for grabs in the past and is now focused on winning as many trophies as possible with the team as well as to entertain the rest of the world with his style of play. Despite it being easier said than done, the high standards Messi has set is the same reason why many do not rave about him like they used to do.
During his early days as a footballer, the Rosario-born star had to take steroids in order to try and overcome Growth hormone deficiency, a medical condition he was diagnosed with at a young age. Many will feel that this improved the player or gave him a sort of advantage, but you can ask Messi himself and others who suffer from it, about how painful it is when steroids are your only solution.
On top of that, season by season, the pointless and unnecessary questions continued of why the Argentine international has never left the Camp Nou and La Liga, to go on to proving why he is the best player in the world by playing in the Premier League or in Serie A. However, why should he leave the club that had faith in him from a young age and also paid for all of his medical treatments?
Due to this kind and noble gesture, Messi has never had any serious thoughts of leaving the club as he wants to carry on repaying Football Club Barcelona for the life-changing decision they made to support him at the age of 13. Not only that, but the 25-time La Liga champions welcomed him with open hands and were willing to invest on him whilst being aware of his huge potential as a player.
Looking back at the last couple of years in Spain, the incredible rise and increase in appreciation for players such as Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric has been well deserved. Though, it should not be given in the place of Messi, who has rightfully earned the reputation as the dictator of Spanish football and is yet to see a certain individual come and challenge for his throne.
Also, the Argentina and Barcelona star did not make it into the list for the Best FIFA award, which should make one consider that what else does he have to accomplish in order to make it into the three-man shortlist. On the other hand, this outcome does imply that the players that were successful only in the Champions League are mentioned as the worthy candidates to win this prize.
Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis recently made an honest statement regarding to the FIFA awards, “The FIFA Best Player award is for the best player in the world. In my opinion, the best player in the world is Messi. Today, last year, two years ago, and three years ago. When he’s not there, it loses credibility. It does not matter who wins the World Cup or the Champions League. He is the best.”
Each supporter and player have their own opinions at the end day, but many will have to question how Messi, who won the league title and the Copa Del Rey whilst producing 52 goals and 21 assists throughout the season, somehow was not included in the shortlist for the FIFA Best Player award.
Overall, the 32-year-old is the greatest player to play in La Liga of all time and he has the countless trophies and records he has personally broken to back this statement. Without his impact and presence, Barcelona and Spanish football would not be popular as many people think it would be.
There are no assurances of when his time as a footballer will come to an end, so it is ideal for all football fans to enjoy his brilliance on the pitch before it is too late. If not, then one will have to deeply wonder if there will be another player in the future that comes half close to Lionel Messi.