Undeniably, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is the most popular football player, today. They can be considered as the best and dangerous striker in the world. We won’t call them as the best player, because football is all about team-play. The logic is simple. The best here means they are standing above other player, regardless their position. Now, just put them on the goal keeper position. Can they play as good as Buffon or Neuer? Therefore, the best player is only bull crap. Now, let’s leave that behind and talk about what makes them become the best and dangerous striker today.
Their Goal Records
Of course, the main duty of a striker is scoring goals. And, these two players did their job really well. The title as the top scorer for the league where they play isn’t unfamiliar thing for them. Almost every season, they got this title. And because they play in same league, we can always expect that this title will go to one of them, one and another for every season. The record of their goal is also amazing. Maybe, you won’t be able to see the record like this for the next 10 years.
Cristiano Ronaldo himself has already scored 545 goals for all clubs where he played, from Sporting Club, Manchester United and Real Madrid. And, he also successfully scored 79 goals for Portugal. On the other hand, Lionel Messi has scored 538 goals for Barcelona, because this is the only club he has been played since his early professional career. And, for Argentina, he scored 77 goals. This data can be changed and add more goals in their record.
Their Special Physical Condition
The most important thing for athlete is their body or physical condition. And, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have perfect condition. Cristiano Ronaldo was blessed with strong and big body, like an athlete should be. His good muscle density level allows him to fight toe to toe with other player that has bigger frame. More than that, all football fans know how well-developed his legs muscle really is. This condition allows CR7 to unleash powerful kick, which make it almost impossible for opponent goalkeeper to defend against it. And, this body also makes him one of the fastest sprinters on the football field.
On the other hand, Lionel Messi can be considered as the football player with small body. With the height only 170 cm, he is one of the shortest players among other players that play in Europe. However, with this condition, he proved that he can fight equally with other player that has bigger body. His small body allows him to have lower center gravity, which support his playing skill. More than that, he also has better agility than most of player with this body. He can move and change direction very fast, which makes their opponent, has lot of problem, when they try to press him.
The funny thing is both of them have similar case when they were young. They have health issue that make them unable to play football, until the club where they were played, help them to cure it. Cristiano Ronaldo had to deal with racing heart condition, where he has to do a surgery to cure it at the age of 15. On the other hand, Lionel Messi past condition is well-known among football fans, especially Cules, the nickname of Barcelona’s fans. Messi had growth hormone deficiency problem. Both of these players were treated with the help from each of their club and turn into amazing football player like what we can see today.
The Ability that They Have
The football skill is important, so they can play better and make their team win the match. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have everything that needed to be the most standout player on the field. Cristiano Ronaldo with his speed can easily pass the defender. The height stature also helps them to deal with crossing. When there is corner kick, we can say Ronaldo is the most dangerous player in penalty box. And of course, his main weapon is the powerful cannon kick. He can unleash this kick with his left or right foot, and both of them are equally good. He is the type of post player who can convert any chance into goal.
Messi, on the other hand, can be said as the polar opposite of Cristiano Ronaldo. With his small stature, he can’t play power football like Ronaldo did. However, Messi optimize his dribbling skill and vision. We can say that Messi is one of the best dribbler in history. He even compared with Maradona when he made similar goal like what Maradona did in World Cup 1986 against England. Messi also beat 5 opponent and goalkeeper from the middle of the field then score a goal. Messi also has one of best vision in game. He can find out the chance and his teammate to send pass for a goal. Both players also have devastating free kick skill. Therefore, we can say them as the best in creating chance and score a goal today. (Read: The Most Hilarious Moments In Football)
Which One is The Better than Other?
People love to compared Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and try to find which one is the best. But, we can say that each of them is the best in their position, which coincidentally is different position. Ronaldo is more like post player, while Messi is second striker and even attacking midfielder. Messi is more like playmaker, while Ronaldo is more to classic winger and striker. Therefore, we can only compare them, if they have exact same position. However, if we have to choose which one is the better player, we would choose Messi. We look at it from the handicap that Messi has compared to Ronaldo, in this case is his small body. Both, we can say that both of them are one of best striker you can find, and you must be grateful to have chance to watch they played the game.