The Premier League is quite easily the most competitive league in the world and there is no doubt that Ronaldo was the standout player in the game’s most competitive league during his spell at Manchester United.
Legendary Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson brilliantly explained why he would choose Ronaldo over Messi. In an earlier interview, Ferguson said:
“When the ball is at Messi’s feet it is like he is wearing slippers,But there is a difference between Messi and Ronaldo and I’ll tell you what it is. I think Messi is a Barcelona player but Ronaldo could be playing for Stockport County and he would score a hat-trick. He is brilliant in the air and he has two feet.” The La Liga is more often than not a two horse race and until Messi is able to prove himself on a “cold, wet night at Stoke”, Ronaldo will always hold the edge.
Both Messi and Ronaldo are capable of spectacular things on the ball. Both of them are blessed with incredible agility and dribbling skills, but what sets Ronaldo apart and makes him the more complete player is his incredible heading ability.
Time and again, the Portuguese superstar has cropped up at important situations in important matches scoring amazing headers to tilt the balance in favour of his team. Lionel Messi’s main strengths are his close control, dribbling, and agility.
While, Ronaldo can come close if not better Messi in all those areas, there is no denying that fact that Ronaldo is miles ahead in his athletic and physical abilities, thus making him the more complete player in comparison to the Argentine maestro.
Lionel Messi might have won every club trophy there is to win, but if there is one trophy lacking in his stellar CV, it is a trophy with Argentina. The Barcelona superstar has come heartbreakingly close with Argentina on multiple occasions, but he has yet to lay his hands on a trophy while playing with the Albiceleste.
The greatest players are always capable of raising their game and even inspiring a mediocre team to success, and Ronaldo with the Euro 2016 triumph has firmly cemented his legacy as one of the game’s all-time greats.Until Messi manages to win a trophy with the talented Argentina side, Ronaldo will always hold an edge over him in any debate.