In an interview sponsored by SkyBet, Neville asked the former Chelsea coach a series of 29 questions. Perhaps the most sensitive of them was the following:
“Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?”
The two modern football greats will forever be remembered by the football fraternity for countless reasons. Lionel Messi during his time at FC Barcelona regularly produced magical things with football that had never been seen before. He has maintained a higher score throughout his career and is miles ahead Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to career assistance as well.
At the same time, Cristiano Ronaldo has developed into arguably the most amazing goal machine ever seen since leaving Manchester United. Ronaldo can undoubtedly be compared to Messi when it comes to raw talent.
However, he has an insane ability to score goals and maintains his physical standard immensely. This has enabled him to make a strong argument for being recognized as the greatest of all time.
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Frank Lampard was as confused as the author of this article. He claimed to be a Lionel Messi fan from the start but has been forced to give Cristiano Ronaldo the advantage in recent years. He said:
“I’ve always been a Messi man. I actually think for what Ronaldo’s results and actual figures and goals in big finals, semi-finals and what we’ve seen, I think I can give him the advantage now.”
Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi: Who is the best club footballer of all time?
The statistics point to a simple answer. Cristiano Ronaldo has 634 goals and 134 assists in 823 games in all competitions for the four clubs he has played for.
Lionel Messi has 631 goals and 252 assists in 724 matches in total. Most football fans agree that Lionel Messi on his own has done the most amazing things ever seen with football. In addition, he has a slightly better scoring frequency and more assists in smaller appearances than Ronaldo.
Ronaldo’s fans will argue that he has a higher chance of delivering when it matters most to his team. It is noticeable by his fantastic goal record in the Champions League.
On the other hand, a majority of Lionel Messi’s goals have come against Spanish domestic teams. However, he has always delivered against English opponents as well. Sir Alex Ferguson had made a claim about Cristiano Ronaldo. He said Ronaldo has the ability to do a hat trick regardless of the team against him and the team he played for.
In addition, Ronaldo is the better fit of the two. He has maintained his status as inspiration for the younger generation through simple things, sometimes even his eating habits.
Lionel Messi, on the other hand, is currently struggling to make an impact for PSG, the only other club he has ever played for besides FC Barcelona. Blaugrana during Messi’s term never even thought about creating a team that did not suit the Argentine. At PSG, however, there is not one, but two big stars vying to become the biggest player in the city of Paris. They are Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Here, Messi has struggled so far, although there have been regular moments of magic as well. He has only scored once in Ligue 1 so far this season.
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No matter which side of the debate you are leaning on, the nice thing about the above question is that it does not need to be answered. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two biggest club footballers of all time. Both just need to be celebrated for the rest of their careers.