Cristiano Ronaldo is a player who divides opinions and inspires love and loathing in equal measures. For every supporter he has, there is an equally vehement doubter. However, his performance in the lost cause of Copa Del Rey, has won over a lot of boo boys in the Bernabeu. So much, that Ronaldo feels loved once again. From jeers and whistles, he has gone to hear his name being chanted by the most cynical of Madridistas. If nothing else, he has won the respect of Real Madrid and all the Madridistas, albeit a bit grudgingly.

Straightforward and blunt: Speaks his mind (occasionally a bit too much for his own good)

It seems ridiculous that despite his superhuman efforts and achievements, Ronaldo has been belittled time and again. 100 goals in 100 matches is no longer enough. Nor the numnerous UCL goals and moments of magic. Despite his much documented failures against the Catalans, the criticism coming Ronaldoai??i??s way is much more than he deserves.

So, this treatment of his is certainly not because of his sporting achievements or abilities. What 99.9% of the footballers fail to achieve in their entire lifetime, he has achieved in a single season; And this is not a one off event. He has done it time and again with Real Madrid and with Manchester United. So what is it then?

Superhuman Efforts

Of course, modesty is not his strongest point.

”I think I am whistled at because I am handsome, rich and a great player and people are jealous of me,”

This, he said after a particularly rough game against Dinamo Zagreb where he was kicked non-stop without any protection. This comment of his drew howls of derision and scorn from his haters who used it as yet another example of his arrogance. Yet, all of these critics deep down knew that Ronaldoai??i??s comment despite being cocky was not without substance.

After all, apart from Messi, there is not a single player who can claim of producing anywhere near the kind of output of Ronaldo produces. So, if you are in the top 3 players of the world consistently, you have to great player. As to his looks, let the ladies decide as they will be better judges of this particular attribute.

Ronaldo belongs to the generation of ai???if you got it, you flaunt itai???. And that perhaps is the crux of the problem. It is difficult not to be jealous of a person who has got Ferraris and Porsches, chiselled good looks and counts Paris Hilton and Irina Shayk as his girlfriends. In short, living the dream and loving it. So much, that it harbours resentment.

It is difficult not be jealous!

People are more scared of greatness and ambition than they are of mediocrity and subservience. Here is a player who makes no secret of his desire to be the ai???first, second and third best player in the worldai???. He wants to be the greatest and does not disguise them under false shrouds of humility unlike some of his opponents.

He wants to score goals, lots of them and throws tantrums when he doesnai??i??t score.

He wants to win trophies, lots of them and 1 Copa Del Rey in 2 years is not it. So what does Ronaldo do? Sulk and throw a tantrum? Funnily enough, no. He starts passing more, stops diving and complains a lot less. He just starts working harder to overcome his shortcomings. In short, Ronaldo the team man wins over Ronaldo the individual.

He is not afraid to take on characters like Mourinho and Ferguson, openly criticising them for their wrong tactics.

Destinyai??i??s stepchild: (Unlucky but not unwilling)

It would seem remarkable that one would call Ronaldo a step child when as mentioned earlier he seemingly has the entire world at his feet.Ai??There is a very famous saying: ai???Some men are born great, some become great and others have greatness thrust upon themai???.

When it comes to Messi, he is much luckier than Ronaldo. Not only he was born great but also had greatness thrust upon him. Ronaldo on the other hand, became great by sheer determination and will power to succeed. He was not blessed with the close control and dribbling skills of Messi. No matter, he said, and spent endless hours in the gym and training ground to develop a lethal shot and tremendous physique. Pacy, powerful and determined, the skinny youth of Sporting Lisbon became a uber footballer set out to conquer the footballing world. Heading, shooting and pace became the biggest of weapons in his armoury and the enemies fell ny the wayside.

Messi is lucky enough to have played with some of the best footballers in their prime. Xavi, Iniesta, Ronaldinho, Fabregas, Etoo, Villa, Puyol were all between 25-30, the magical ages of a midfielder, when Messi was hitting peak. They could feed Messi endless balls to score and showcase his magic.

Yet again, Ronaldo was thwarted by bad luck as Giggs, Scholes were much nearer to the end of their careers than at the middle. Even Kaka has been beset with injuries and has never been at his best. Yet again, Ronaldo worked harder and has somehow managed to outshine Messi in scoring goals, if not anything else. This is even more remarkable considering the service available to Messi much superior than what Ronaldo gets.

Messi has Tevez, Aguero and Higuain in the national team to support his talent. Ronaldo has no one with the same pedigree.

Not born great but became great

Messi has stayed in comfy confines of La Masia since he was 14. Ronaldo had travelled 3 cities by the time he was 16 and has lived in 3 countries in his quest for greatness. He had to deal much more with new languages, cultures and acclimatization than Messi and yet Ronaldo managed to settle everywhere.

Ronaldo’s father a humble gardener, JosAi?? Dinis Aveiro, died of an alcoholism-related liver condition in September 2005 at age 52 when Ronaldo was 20. Yet he stayed on and fought like a maniac to achieve his dreams.

Charitable and a model professional

When one is in as privileged position as Ronaldo, it is easy to let the fame to get to oneai??i??s head and throw it all away. Just ask Ronaldinho, Cassano and Robinho. Yet this has never been the case. In every team he has played in, he is always the fittest player of all. In fact, he has received libel damages over a Daily Mirror article that reported him drinking heavily in a nightclub while recovering from an injury in July 2008. Cristiano Ronaldo’s biggest pet peeves are smoking, people who don’t make an effort and dishonesty.

When the tsunami hit South East Asia, Cristiano flew to Indonesia to help those in need. He auctioned off a few stuff to help raise funds for charity using his star status to reach out needy.

Every single one of his coaches talk about how dedicated Ronaldo is in training and no wonder Ferguson wants him back despite Ronaldo forcing through a transfer. At the heart, he is a footballer and football is his devotion, passion and worship.

Messi and hypocrisy

Ronaldo and Messi are like 2 gladiators in an arena, fighting till the end of days to prove beyond a reasonable shadow of doubt that they are the best. To talk of one, would be incomplete without talking about the other.

Yet, one canai??i??t get help getting a strong feeling that there are double standards of dealing with Ronaldo than with Messi.

Whenever Ronaldo makes a small show of petulance, it occupies headlines. Yet, when Messi blasts a ball in the face of Real Madrid fans, no one cares. When despite receiving favourable decisions in the matches vs. Villarreal and Valencia, Messi lambasted the referee, but there was no one to reprimand Messi from Spanish FA. In fact, nobody said anything at all.

Funnily enough, Messi misses penalties and no one in the world cares. And yet, Ronaldo scores all of them and gets booed! When Ronaldo fails too score, a crisis erupts. Yet Messiai??i??s obvious struggles in Xavi and Iniestaai??i??s absence are either glossed over or ignored.

His dream of winning bountiful trophies both personal and individual have been thwarted by the trio of Messi, Iniesta and Xavi; though the credit deservingly has been mostly given to Messi in general. Yet for the factors beyond his control, Ronaldo is still made the scapegoat.

Humble only till one wins

One of the biggest criticisms that Ronaldo and Real Madrid face is that of arrogance and selfishness. Yet the recent events have shown Messi and Barcelona are no different. Once the points were dropped in La Liga and the struggle became uphill, the false masks of humility, fair play and modesty dropped. The true underlying natures emerged and they were not very nice. Messi, Rosell and Xavi turned heavy duty fire in the direction of referees. And presto, Pinto survived a very obvious red card in the very next match. In fact, NONE of the Barcelona players has been red carded in the last 2 years for on field actions. Real Madrid, on the other hand, have been dished out 5 red cards against Barcelona alone in 2 years, not all of which were correct.

Yes, Ronaldo was selfish and used to dive a lot. Yet, the mark of truly great man comes not from what he was, but rather what he became. Ronaldo has cut down his diving to zero levels learning from his past mistakes. He passes a lot more and is much more involved in team play. When Bernabeu whistled Ronaldo after ai???El Clasicoai???, instead of throwing a bitch fit, he responded magnificently: the way a player of his stature should ideally do. He scored twice in 2 legs for Real Madrid against Barcelona and tracked back to neutralize Alves.

The only thing that one can truly accuse Ronaldo and Real Madrid is that of not just being ambitious enough to rule the world, but also being overly open about it. An ambition like that is more than enough to make a lot of enemies.

Real Madrid and Ronaldo have made these enemies by speaking their minds and nothing more.

Mental Strength

After the criticism of the ai???winking incidentai??i??, he again rose to the challenge and achieved still greater heights at Manchester United.

He missed the penalty against Barcelona in UCL semi-final and Chelsea in UCL final. Yet, he has persisted and maybe someday he will score with a penalty in the finals.

His continuous desire to improve is almost infectious and yet he is not infallible. Ronaldo has made mistakes in past and will make more in the years to come. But he will also create many more moments of magic in the years which will be much more than this mistakes for sure.

But denying that Ronaldo is a phenomenal player is like denying Roberto Baggio his greatness because of THAT penalty miss.Ai??Boisterous, a touch arrogant maybe but a human being nevertheless. It would be great if someone took a second glance at Ronaldoai??i??s struggles and his victories before belittling him. Sadly, though, that is unlikely to change anytime soon.

To sum up in Fort Minor’s legendary lyrics

This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name

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126 Responses to “Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo: Of Messi, hypocrisy and Destinyai??i??s Stepchild”

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  1. Maulik says:

    when messi shot the ball on face of madrid fans…no one cares. what a great article. aruguments that no one can argue. great work.

    • Djedan says:

      I think that is the greatest shit I ever read. You have only stars in the fottballteam of Portugal (nani, pepe, etc.) . Thats really bullshit.

      Someone who likes football, will admit that Messi is the greatest player in the world and Barca the greatest team in the wolrd today. Surely Real Madrid gets better, but with 700 Million, you Must get better. Ronaldo is a pu**y. He has the same good players around him as Messi (600 Million players), so this article seems to make happy portugieuse people and Mourinhouiseiert people.

      Its important that everbody knows that this article is shit and also this site.

      • Djedan says:

        I am really dissapointened. Nobody should read this article.

        Deep Gupta, you are from Portugal or a gay pu**y.

        • Stamford's Lion says:

          Dj Edan, there’s no need to get your tighty whities twisted up in a bunch. I’m of Portuguese ancestry and you’re a racist scumbag with no future, who’s probably living in his mom’s basement.

          • Djedan says:

            lol. Pour un portugais, t’es vachement con.
            I have a lot of protugies friends and trust me, i’m independant and own a lot of money. Every real protugies admit that in this moment, for a portugies (without liga sagres) is for real madrid and mourinho. NO they aren’t for real madrid, they are for ronaldo and mourinho. If Ronaldo and Mourinho will change the club, a lot of portugies fans will change with them. Also I think you don’t know the sense of racisme.
            My best firends are protugies and they admit those things. YOU ARE A really loser and this article is pro real and pro ronaldo. This isn’t a good article and if you don’t read only things about ronaldo, you should know that. But what an english pussy will know about that, (or amercian): those both countries are more rascist then even other countires with the same statue. only Italy seems to approach them.

            Jedoch glaube ich, dass du sicherlcih nicht viel darüber verstehs, da es nichts mit Fussball zu tun hat,also lassen wir es lieber sein.

    • Robin van Persie says:

      lol- this is the biggest bitch cry article ever! even Ronaldo wouldn’t cry about his career as much as you are crying in this article and if he read your article- he’d probably bitch slap you for being such a cry baby and for mourning every single incident for the last 3 years. Grow up and stop this mindlessness. Messi is better– even Ronaldo knows it, and I bet that unlike you he’s man enough to accept it.

  2. Gerald says:

    Messi was born great ? Seriously? That’s bullshit.
    Messi had greatness thrust upon him. – That about right.
    Ronaldo was not blessed with the close control and dribbling skills of Messi?
    Check out his time at Sporting Lisbon and his early years at Man Yoo.
    He dribbled a lot but was probably to stop showing off by Fergie.
    If you dribble a lot in the English league it makes you a target.

    • I agree that Ronaldo earlier was very good at dribbling. but currently when it comes dribbling between the defenses even as a Madrid fan I have to admit that Messi is better. It is just that Ronaldo is better than Messi some skills and Messi is better than Ronaldo in some others.

      • Argento says:

        Ha ha ha… After getting an a##-whooping, you come up with such meek and gentle reply… Hope this reflects in your next article (if the site publishes another shitty piece from you)

        • U really have a great trouble understanding English? Don’t you? The idea is that Ronaldo is as great a player as Messi is, if not greater. Only thing is that Messi had a much more stable and better team than Ronaldo which allowed him to win more team accolades.

          • Argento says:

            Yeah… Perhaps you should see both the tones – one in the article and the other in the replies. The former reflects arrogance and has been rightly thumped and the latter is that of submission, something like the manita 😉

          • selassie says:

            u r like d dumbest reporter i ve seen…..

  3. 12344551 says:

    Absolutely AWESOME!! LOVED IT!!

  4. nitin says:

    “messi was born with great ball control”…huh… i think u have never been on the field… mr prakhar… or u wouldnot have talked nonsense… no one gets born with talent.. they build it and that is what we see…
    do u even have an idea how much messi (only) practices close control which we are lucky to see now… i think not…

    “messi was lucky to have played with some of the best footballers in their prime”. Xavi, Iniesta, Ronaldinho, Fabregas, Etoo, Villa, Puyol… do you even understand how much more difficult it is to come up the ranks specially barcelona when u have great players like ronaldinho, eto and deco…

    and comeon i think u are joking right… messi gets ball fed to his feet… i think u must watch again the videos of goals of messi and ronaldo… the proof is for the whole world to see…

    well whatever… i think this is a retard article… and you are not fit to write one

    • Debz says:

      How can u say no one born with talent. So you say Beethoven, picasso, or 5 yr old kids (i forgot the name) that can draw like picasso weren’t born with talent. Yeah, probably that 5 year old kid trained hard on his mommy uterus. hahaha……what a short minded. Talent is the same as gift.
      If you have photographic memory, or you’re a jenius in music or science, it’s called gift, or talent. U use it, you get’s the benefit and gets better. you dont use it, nothing happened. My dad is a jenius himself. He never study since he was a kid, yet he gets the best grades in his whole life.

      Second, Messi was lucky to have played with the best footballers in their prime, … like I said. He is talented, so he won’t get any problem on having a spot in the team. He plays football simply because he love the game, and he’s good at it. You could play football everyday for 10 years, yet you won’t be better then he played for a year. Cos you simply have no talent, or hard determine like Ronaldo.

      And third, if you are fit enough to be a writer, please write article about Messi and Ronaldo, and I will judge your writing.

    • ” no one gets born with talent”. U lost me here itself. So basically IQ tests and other tests of abilty are crap. In short anybody who works long and hard enough in field (science,music etc. ) can be aa “genius” great stuff mate.

      • Good question, Prakhar, in reply to Debz! I am pro-CR7 and anti-Messi but I have to admit that La Pulga was BORN WITH TALENT. As Prakhar states, do you want to tell me that with the “needed” training and with all the time in the world, anyone can step up and become a great composer like Beethoven, a fast runner like Usain Bolt, or anything else?

        No, it’s a matter of creation. TRAINING is only a matter of “DEVELOPING/MAINTAINING” the talent. Some don’t even need to train everyday, but they’ll still remain terrific. And according to reports, Ronaldo trains much, much more than many footballers… probably because his legs are not as gifted as Messi’s.

  5. Debz says:

    Every fan of Messi should read this article. Amazing, it touches me a lot. I’m like reading a short inspiring novel.
    I really get it that what CR did wrong is to be true to himself, and letting the world know how ambitious he is. It needs “GUTS” to be a person like that. And ppl like Messi, who hides behind other players, and being hypocrate, it’s a lot easier to be that kind of person.

  6. Mona says:

    Messi had greatness thrust upon him. Yeah right. Way to go gupta.

    • maulik says:

      yupppp true said….no one could have more thrust than ronadlo…
      and @debz: so true man…u needs “guts” to say in face of world that i want to be the first, second, and third…all the way. i mean who can have courage to say like him…he is just an inspiration to me.

  7. Aditya Ray says:

    Gupta is just trying to sell trash at a premium!

    We often make the mistake of comparing the incomparable.. that’s what Messi and Ronaldo are -Incomparable! Ronaldo is an excellent striker.. not much of a playmaker… Messi is first an excellent Playmaker (best right now in the world) and ALSO a super striker. Messi stands way above anybody else in world football today for his sheer ability to change the game consistently. Its like every time the ball is at his feet … something must give.

    I dont think any rational football fan/ team/ coach thinks Ronaldo is a bad player. He is a very good player and that’s why he is in the ‘best’ team in the world. ‘Best’ because of his ability to ‘poach’ the best talent anywhere in the world.

    Barcelona has also been (always) a strong team- they have in the past years however seen a meteoric rise, thanks to the long induced footballing philosophy of playing football in a certain way (la masia way). They have changed the way football is thought of and played at this level. Unfortunately for Madrid, Ronaldo and everybody else, Barcelona ALSO have MESSI. I still believe he is the ONLY DIFFERENCE (in terms of success) between a BARCA side full of average players… but playing their ‘unconventional’ roles magnificently and MADRID, a side full of the best talent for every ‘conventional’ footballing position that you can imagine – right from the goalkeeper to the forward (ronaldo).

    Football is a team game and Messi is the best team player. Ronaldo for all his dribbling skill and ‘inborn good looks’ remains second to him, even though he might have tried to change himself. I agree that Ronaldo is human that is why perhaps the media, including the spanish FA see MESSI as MORE THAN JUST A HUMAN… in this sense I dont think they have it all that wrong :)

  8. NatRossi says:

    And here come the Ronaldo haters and Messi fan boys… I completely agree with this article, it’s refreshing to read and very well written. It is true that Messi although great, has always been blessed with team mates such as Xavi and Iniesta.. Ronaldo has conquered 3 countries with his footballing talent and has had to prove himself at Sporting, Mufc and now Real Madrid, Messi has always played for Barca, he hasn’t had to work AS hard as Ronaldo has in order to get to the top. I’m so fed up of Messi being seen as this ‘angel’ in football, his actions in the game against Madrid were he kicked the ball into the face of a Madrid fan were completely ignored, any other player would have been booked and had the book thrown at them by the officials after the game, but not Messi. Ronaldo may be arrogant but he has far greater grounds to justify his cockyness. Take Messi out of Barca and stick him in the premier league and see how he performs there… I’m not saying he would be a worse player but he would almost definitely be less consistent.

  9. riaz says:

    Mr prabhakar…. have you watched any match that messi played ever??? First of all it is not messi, guardiola or xavi or the barcelona fans that whistled and booed ronaldo :) it was the very real madrid fans itself.. the fans who used to watch and love the real madrid team.. the people who used to love it when zidane and co played football.. ask the loyal fans of real madrid why they boo a player from their own team. You will most probably get an anser which might go like ” he cant make madrid win like messi does for barcelona ” they might not be football pundits.. but they will tell that

    Also you told that there is tevez, aguero and higuan to FEED messi for argentina.. please go to youtube and see the recent matches.. even in world cup and copa america.. If you keep your eyes open.. you can see who FEEDS who.. and it is just because of this excessive feeding that poor messi did not get into scoring chart..

    and you tell that messi was born great ??? it was coz of hardships and struggle that he had to go to spain instead of staying back at argentina… never ever would have CR saw the LOWS that messi have done… he might spend day and night in GYM and have a PHYSIQUE.. but messi who looks like a boy is equally good

    This is a non sense article aimed at throwing dirt on messi.. covering some parts and puuting excess light on others… I do love messi.. In fact he is my fav player after caniggia and maradona.. I like him the most.. but i am sick of hearing this messi /ronaldo talk.. there are other players like xavi, gerrard, rooney,di maria, inesta, sneijder etc… and if you still want to boast about ronaldo.. please leave out blaming messi.. for he is not running away with the ball that belongs to ronaldo.. the ball is still at his feet.. let him play and prove us wrong.. so football pundits.. pleaseee stay aloof

  10. riaz says:

    well said aditya.. well said… just go through his comment.. he is speaking the truth with the facts..

    and what is this about GUTS guys?? is this a sylvester stallone movie of 90 ‘s?? this is life and this is football??? what is it being about the TRUE man and the HUMBLE man??? now common guys.. why on earth do u have to blame messi for telling that CR is a good player.. thats is simply ridiculous

    now lets accept the fact..

    real madrid is far better than BARCA on INDIVIDUAL level.. they have far far more talent… in every position imaginable.. think of a team with CR, Ozil, kaka, Di maria, Alonso playing in the middle .. those names just seems like watching the EXPENDABLES movie of football…. and higuain and benzema.. one of the most perfect finishers.. up front… what more can you ask of a team

    But barca does not have these BIG names on their side.. they just play their part and play BEAUTIFUL football.. everybody adapts to the roles that they have to ..like mascherano who is a midfielder slipping to defence now.. so they trust one another and play the game

    Inspite of having a star studded team.. and not winning a major cup for years.. you are still blaming messi and barcelona… how on earth can that be righteous.. sorry for asking all this.. but i cant help telling this after reading the foolish comments by the author and his followers..

    now cover me up aditya :)

    • Aditya Ray says:

      Thanks for pointing to the historical fact….”Beautiful Football” or more precisely “Total Football” is another topic altogether, its who you decided to associate it with… whether a single club, person, or even country. Its of course interesting to see how total football has seeped in so well at Barca and not so successfully in other clubs, even those who have willfully tried to carry on the legacy.. including Ajax itself. This is exactly what La Masia has been able to do and that is exactly why I have mentioned it here. I hope to see the football legacy of Total Football to stay at Barca exactly because of this institution called La Masia.

      Secondly, I too am not up for comparisons of the individual kind. Football matches are not boxing bouts (though they might turn out to be that :P, notwithstanding the very unfortunate tragedy in Egypt). Also I agree that the media along with different FAs as well as the FIFA are part of the larger commercial agendas. Glamour is a byproduct – a fallout?- of such big amounts of money being poured to create large businesses and money-spinners and we all are liable for this, a part of this.

      Thirdly, when I said Barcelona is full of average player, I was expecting it to be a controversial topic… but my precise point is just this: “Barcelona, with its method of playing, what you call ‘total football’ (other might refer to it differently) puts more of its emphasis on roles, than talents. Notwithstanding the argument that Talent is a very difficult variable to gauge, a provisional argument can still be made as to why Messi is perhaps most pivotal to Barca’s ‘team’ strategy of ‘total football’ rather than a Iniesta or even Xavi. This might still sound ridiculous, but the mere fact that this statement can be digested stands testimony to the greatness of Leonel Messi.”

    • Mr. Riaz, if you will read carefully, nowehere I have blamed Barcelona/Messi for any of the failures of Real Madrid. Yet the fact remains that he did play with some of the finest players of his generation at their prime. This does make Messi a lesser player. Infact, surviving in a team like that is in itself a proof of Messi’s greatness. Yet there is no doubt that Cristiano too would have survived he same way.
      It is just pure luck that Messi got the better teammates (atleast till date) than Ronaldo and won many more team trophies.

  11. madridhater says:

    retard ronaldo fans and retard madrid fans burn in hell… ha ha ha

  12. Aditya Ray says:

    I did not project the barca-madrid rivalry as that b/w a pauper club and a cash injected monster.

    You can substitute Madrid with any other big name. In terms of poaching for the best talent even Barca is culpable of spending ugly money on buying all kinds of players, even duds. Without going into an argument on who’s the wealthiest scum- RM, Chelsea, Al Wasl, Guangzhou Evergrande, Arsenal, LA Galaxy or Barcelona, I was simply referring to the fact that at present, quite unlike ever before, Barcelona is winning and playing so well because of the prowess of its own colts, rather than bought one’s, which RM possesses in plenty.

    Which brings me back to my initial point of the importance of LA Masia, and Messi and their importance to Barca’s sucess.

  13. Ed Ace says:

    This by far the best article on “Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi rivalry” I’ve read.

  14. David says:

    Obnoxious Barca fan Boys trying their best to defend Messi. I wonder why any of you couldn’t defend his kicking the ball against a Madrid fan?? I’m not a Madrid fan but I’ll admit, Real at at Par w/ Barca. The last Clasico proves it. Or I’ll assume(by some of your comments) that you guys are stupid but do you guyz decide to become blind fools and turn your eyes aeay from the glaring obvious.if you don’t know anything about football don’t go writing Bs on people’s article’s trying to be smart and shxt. GTFO and Sit your cheating Blaugrana a## down asap!

    • Djedan says:

      I think everbody talks about this scene form Messi to the real fans, but if we will begin to talk about the scenes from ronaldo,… we will talk lon time. You need to watch a scene from messi from last year to critize him, but i will begin with real players and ronaldo, we never stopped.

    • Neon says:

      David, You must be a manchester united fan. Lmfao.

  15. hello says:

    messi is better.. stop crying. nbody cares when he misses a penalty because it is a PENALTY. everyone can miss one. ronaldo can score 100 penlaties and messi only 5 and messi will still be better, it doesnt mean anything. messi is nothing without xavi/iniesta? where was xavi and iniesta in his last hat trick vs malaga? where was xavi and iniesta where he scored that breath taking goal against madrid in last years champions league? where was xavi and iniesta when he scored that goal vs brazil in a friendly match in 2010? where was xavi and iniesta in one of his beat goals against getafe in 2007?

    “Not only he was born great but also had greatness thrust upon him” how are you born great? no one is born talented or great. you have to work hard for it. talent and greatness is the result of hard work and practice, no one gets that for free. to say he is luckier because of that shows you have no knowledge and are only on ronaldos dick.

    messi is lucky to have people in their primes? are you fu**ing serious? xavi in his prime at 33 years old? and messi didnt reach his peak yet. and ronaldo, he doesnt have great players at his side? did you forget that football consists of having 10 other teammates besides yourself? does he not hve ozil, di maria, kaka, benzema, and sometimes higuain? what better players do you want?

    please stop posting ridiculous articles

  16. Djean says:

    The author is just gay and in love with Ronaldo. Pathetic article. MBA student? Says a lot about the level of education in some countries. Typical Real Madrid arrogance.

    • Argento says:

      Perfect way to sum it up… Perhaps he’s got a man-crush for Jose Mourinho too 😉

    • Aditya says:

      @ Djean .. stop being arrogant yourself

    • Phunky says:

      I don’t agree with this article one bit, but there’s no need for that arrogance and comments about one’s country. You piece of shit djean, don’t you dare do it again

    • Aditya Sharma says:

      Your mom’s a wh**e, Your mom’s a wh**e, Your mom’s a wh**e !!!

      It’s easy to post derogatory crap in internet comment boxes… Just make your point and walk away, there’s no need for this juvenile bullshit. And FYI you’re not coming off as very smart here either…

  17. DeAndre Daniel says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but are you Barca fan boys intentionally want to show your stupidity to the world? I’m ashamed on your Parents behalf. They thought they brought smart little einsteins into the world not knowing y’all are just bunch of Jessica Simpson clones running around the internet spreading your supreme stupidity across the world one website at a time. Why would you even attack the writer?! 90% of the article are facts! This things did happen you know. But like @David said you Cule’s are probably Like Stevie Wonder – a BRAIN. So yes, y’all can be excused.

    • Aditya says:

      Sorry, your wrongs cant be corrected by other’s, you have to do it yourself !

      So please write something more substantial the next time.. which involves using the brain a littel more

    • Aditya Sharma says:

      “90% of the article are facts”: Not true. Have another look, most of it is subjective and/or the writer’s personal opinion. You can ask him yourself, I think he’ll agree with me

  18. Joanne says:

    Sums the situation up perfectly. Couldn’t have said it better.

  19. @elitekarbuit says:

    Messi had a goal drought for 2years 6months and 9days for argentina. CR7 has a better record for portugal. My point is one of these players need to step up and win a major title with their country. Until either of them do I cant put them in the same bracket as zizu,maradona,ronaldinho,ronaldo9,pele……etc. Not saying they are lesser skilled but the world cup carries the most prestige. What do I know I am a football fan with a different perspective. Good article mate, I just find there are a few flaws with word selection(my opinion I am not a professional writer). You can hit me up on twiiter @EliteKarbuit

  20. Argento says:

    It’s simple… The writer thinks that he knows better than most captains and coaches who voted for Leo as the best player in the world for three years… Wow… Gupta should be awarded for even thinking about such an article, leave alone getting it published!

  21. kay says:

    How much did He pay You? Or guess u are a fan of HIs. Anyway, the fact remains that messi is a ‘baby’ and there is this psychological effect/ edge around him that makes people love him even when He’s not at his best, when he scores he goes to his fans and celebrates like a child while CR7 goes and behaves line a monster, runs away so that his teammates chase after him. But Messi runs to his teammates and celebrates with them. They are his family.CR7 is a good player, but he needs to blend better with his team.

  22. Manoj says:

    Its not about giving you a thumbs up for this article – and this makes me a ronaldo fan.
    If i hit u back with harsh words – it ll make me a Barca/messi fan.
    I take time to write this comment to give you Mr. Deep ……….. for having a sound perspective of analyzing situations and emotions differently. Its Takes courage to write , in the present scenario where whole world sells 4 profit (barca) , which was the case of (man u) some 3 years ago , funny world though , who knows when juventus or milan get back on track , may be in 2014 or later , everywhere juve, milan articles , digging the legends like del piero , maldini , nesta ….. i think u understand what am trying 2 say, its difficult to find a fan supporting a club 4 life,

  23. Manoj says:

    i know my comment is totally unrelated to ronaldo , but thats the present situation .

  24. Robert says:

    They are both great players… period. You could compare endlessly and never come to a final answer. Good for journalists to keep the debate gong. Enjoy them both while they still can play.

  25. Aditya Ray says:

    And I really dont get the point of that VIDEO LINK AT THE END???… seems just like useless A$$-LICKING…

    That same Fort Minor song has been used and re-used for videos of different sportsman– as emotional tributes by common ‘fans’ not for proving one’s point on a site such as this.

  26. riaz says:

    i am just asking why people has to say CR is good in a statement without messi in it. Eveytime they say ronaldo is a good player, they drag messi along with it…

  27. The basic idea of this was to bring out the fact that Ronaldo has also struggled a lot to be where he is today. He has matured a lot: both as a footballer and as a person. People tend to look only at one aspect of his personality i.e. the showbiz one. Yet the good aspects are always ignored. This is not to say Messi is not great. Undoubtedly he is. But just because Messi is great, doesn;t mean Ronaldo isn’t.

  28. Freddy says:

    This article is well written I’m sick of barca players always wanting special treatment from referees. They are hypocrites Xavi lastime said: madrid players are sore losers for complaining about referees decisions BUT guess what few days his the one blusting the officials

  29. And I would be grateful, if ANYONE can copy a line from the article itself where I call one player better than another or blame anyone for Real Madrid’s problems????

  30. vincent says:

    They say that CR is overshadow in big games especially against barca. Look, he score in 2 matches when messi didn’t score. Nobody talked about it. Nobody slammed messi and praised CR. So this article shows some truth and reality. You can;t deny it, love it or hate it.

    Messi is better considering his size. It’s not easy to fight with those big guys

    But for me, it’s more entertaining watching CR play. I like his determination and passion.
    People say that CR is selfish would be blind. What he did with the ball look amazing and we got fun. Team play makes you win, but one man show make you win & incredible entertaining.

  31. Owen says:

    The bias is strong in this one

  32. Raunak says:

    ‎100% reason is not enough. Players like CR7 make the game better for it. People always say no player is above the Game itself, but sometimes you gotta ask if Football would be the same without the likes of Maradona, Pele…? Let them know, we lived along with giants…let them know we lived in the times of Messi and let them know we lived in the times of Cristiano :)

  33. King Kenny says:

    Just wondering if all Barca fans are as stupid as the ones commenting on this article… Seriously man. If your goal was to make Barca fans look bad then congratulations you have succeeded.

    Great article btw. I don’t agree with everything, but most of the things in this article are true and though I’m not an RM or even a huge Cristiano fan, I’m sick of the blind Messi love from so many people. Not sayiing Messi isn’t an incredible player but it’s time for people to remove the pink glasses.

  34. Chris Shaw says:

    Well, as suspected messi’s bfs are out to defend him *cough* Aditya ray *cough*
    Listen mate, you have to be out of your freaking mind if you think Barcelona team is full of average players compared to RM. Barca by far are the better side, the midfield trio of xavi, iniesta and Messi is the best in the world and don’t forget that they have Villa&Sanchez up front as well, you ignoring this fact makes me wonder if you ever even kicked a ball in your life. I completely agree with the writer, theres alwayz double standards involved when it comes to Ronaldo and this Messi being the greatest player ever is a huge propaganda. Weeks ago barca fans were bitching about Ronaldo only scoring penalties, heck the so called best player in the world cant even score one to save his life. Infact he cannot ever perform without the presence xavi or iniesta (shown at International level and recent games) its a fact. There’s no doubt the messi is one of the best players in the world BUT saying he’s miles ahead and from another planet is absurd. He has been playing in Barca for more than 10yrs now, thats the reason he performs better at club level in the presence of xavi and iniesta due to flawless team chemistry. Individually CR7 is better than messi, he is more complete. If you put them in a match just facing each other, handsdown CR7 will destroy messi. Messi may be the better team player but Individually CR7 is better than him. Looking at this season, RM might win La liga and looking at their performance at Camp Nou (playing their normal formation/pattern) they have a good chance of winning the UCL, if they do win both.. No one can deny CR7 taking 2012 Fifa Ballon D’or.

  35. ernesto lefty santafe says:

    Well you should post this link on the madristas page on FB. Its a nice read. But its totally biased and misleading.
    First off, LIONEL MESSI IS THE WORLD’S BEST PLAYER! ain no doubt in that! If Christiano was born in another time he would have easily become the world’s best. Right now he ain and I ain sayin this because FIFA gave Messi the best player award for three years in a row. That doesnt necessarily make him the world’s best. Becuase FIFA has given the same award to worthless players many a times. BUT WITH MESSI THEY GOT THAT RIGHT. What truly makes him the best is what he does on the field irrespective of the accolades. Its something anybody who understand the basic functioning of football would easily agree. It is so obvious. MESSI IS LIKE LIGHTYEARS AWAY FROM RONALDO. And ronaldo ain ever gonna catch up. Because he simply cant! Why? Messi was a born to be the best and not one among the best. A player with skills like those only comes once in a every decade or so. And this decade, and maybe even the next, belongs to Lionel Messi.
    Whats all this shit about ronaldo having to have played in different leagues and all that about?! and him having to have faught his way to the position he is today despite his troubles as a teen?! That’s whats expected of him and every other footballer who comes from a shit whole- to strive endlessly to achieve the dream! Think Maradona, Pele, Romario, Tevez,… the list is almost endless. And thats not ameasure when comparing himwith any footballer,let alone Messi. I mean we are talkin about how they perform on the field. And WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT MESSI HAD IT EASY TO REACH WHERE HE IS TODAY?! thats a very ignorant statement. Messi is not from an affluent family. His father had to work break his back to make ends meet. And his mother worked too. And they both did labour class jobs. And lets not forget Messi hormone defeciency thing. With Barca’s help he faught it. When he moved to la masia he had to put upwith the fact that he would be away from his dear mother. And we gotta remember that despite being a shy and deeply family oriented child he adjusted to the ways of living in La Masia. Of course he had his dad there. But he had to stay away from his mom. But he adapted, because even at such a young age he had only one thing in mind and that was to play football. He knew what he had to do to become the best, and he also knew he had what it takes to reach there. About working out, I really think u dont know jackshit about Barca or Messi, or even madrid and ronaldo,for that matter. you see mate, Messi is known for his dedication to mainting his fitness. He loves to eat beef alot, likemost Argentines, but he doesnt coz he cant. His form needs him to follow specific dieting patterns and he does it. Same with workout. His biggest inspiration is none other than teammate and captain Puyol. So working out and being fit is something that any footballer who has amibtion would do. We all know what happened to Ronaldinho when he started to fall off the track.
    Coming to the national team, are really telling us that players like Nani, Pepe, Coentrao, caravalho and co are not formidable players! true Argentinas got tevez, aguero, pastore, higuain,di maria plus messi. but what about there defence? apart from macherano there are no world class players. and despite this Messi has managed to lead his country to many victories. But considerin what he does in Barca its never gonna count in the popular opinion. Then theres the argment that theres xavi and don andreas at Barca to support Messi. well thats what teammates do. Andin the end its all about winning the match. DOESNT MADRID HAVE OZIL, XABI, DI MARIA, MARCELO,INFACT THE WHOLE TEAM ASSISTING RONALDO?! and Im sure you are not going tosay these are not among the worlds best players. and then argue about Messi’scapabilities citing the support he gets fromxabi and iniesta?! realy?!!! i mean what kind of an argument is that?! these are the worlds best 2 teams we are talking about. do you expect Barca and madrid to fill in the rest ofthe spots with average men just because they got Messi and ronaldo?!
    Temper and atitude. I dont think nobdody can even bring that up if they are backing ronaldo.
    So its pretty much an ignorant article meant mislead people from the acutal facts. There is actualy no need to compare ronaldo to Messi. Ronaldo is good at what he does. He is a world class player and can certainly be amon the greats. But he is not a genius. And comparing him to one would be an insult to the geniuses of the past. Messi belongs to the class of Maradona, Cryuff, Di stefano, pele, Puskas, Kubala, the real Ronaldo ( brazil ), Garrincha, etc. Christiano ain even the greatest Portugese player ever coz that goes to the legend Eusebio. I dont mean to undermine the fantastic abilites of ronaldo but facts are facts. So theres no point trying to compare him to a player who is easily the greatest of his generation andcould go to become the reatest ever. It would be wiser to enjoy ronaldos plus points and what he does on the field that pointless ignorant comparisons. To be dramatic, one would can say, How do you spell Messi? G O D ! a divine entity, the messiah!

    • King Kenny says:

      What the hell is this wannabe sob story and blind fanaticism? You my friend represent the worst kind of Messi fanboy and unfortunately the world is filled with fans like you. And it’s funny how you go on about Messi caring about staying fit and ditching beef, because he’s clearly overweight/out of shape at the moment. Everyone can see it and even reasonable cules = not faboys like you have brought it up.

      • ernesto lefty santafe says:

        blind fanaticism! that mate is what the english had for david wasted beckham! wannabe is what u see in the spanish capital, madristas and thr hordes whishing catalunya wld crumble and submit to thr authority.
        the truth can be funny at times, and its hard to swallow it when ur idols and heroes are nothing but eating shit from thr rivals. i understand frustration. that could lead to articles like these and comments like the one u posted. u can hope that a time will come when Barca will crumble to the authority of madrid, just as we hope we will always be the best. But ones gotta admit the facts and appreciate true genius and skill. ofcrs jealousy and failure can make feel frustrated and come with the superficial ideas and dumb claims.
        U are much much worse than the Messi fans u criticize. Messi overweight! really?! ru blind or smthn?! Leo ain in his best playing form at the moment true. But his fitness is excellent.
        Reasonable cules? amigo ones gotta be reasonable to be a cule. u wanna see unreasonable ignorant fanatics? look to the spanish capital… u will find a lot thr.
        ITS REALLY FUNNY HOW PEOPLE COME UP WITH BASELESS CLAIMS, PLAIN LIES, JUST TO JUSTIFY THR CLAIMS, WHICH ARE OBVIOUSLY FRUSTRATED MOANS, IN AN ARGUMENT LIKE THIS. PATHETIC!!!

    • jose says:

      Alwyas Messi /Ronaldo what a stupid subject .Make remember the same situation between Maradona/Platini, and no one see that only a matter of opinion nothing more.Anyone here can deny that Messi got better protection from the referes than Ronaldo?anyone can deny that the other teams are more soft to Messi than Ronaldo?Dont everyone thing that is time to consider 25% of spanish people out of work insted spending time talking about players that are making about 1milion dollares a week?

      • ernesto lefty santafe says:

        well u have good point amigo… but this ain the page to be thinking about spaniards being outa work. the author wrote this article expecting such comments and not stuff on what Brey is gonna do about unemployment… and whats this underlying tone? denying messi getn protectn than ronaldo?! other teams soft on messi? du even ever watch football?! what did they do to pepe after he stamped on Messi?! nothing! even when it was very clear that pepe had done it on purpose. Messi has been hacked and stamped by almost every team in la liga and lets not talk about CL. And most of the time they get away with it. dont say stuff if ain knowing nuthn abt it.

    • fred says:

      Well here we go again , i guess a lot of us are missing the point .
      WHO IS BETTER ?
      No one can say , they are fantastic players and we are lucky to see them playing day in day out , in a couple of years they will stop playing and , than and only than we will miss them .
      Enjoy it rather than complain about it.
      This comment has a lot of value and some points are the truth .
      No other player trains as hard as Ronaldo , and yes these values are born with you .
      Some train harder than others to be better some are just the way they are and , in this matter , Cristiano is a fine example of a hard worker .
      The most important topic was the eye issue during the world cup.
      Many players would have run away , Cristiano however faced the music and , with all this faults , he went back and became the best player in the world.
      Another valid point was the time that Barca has been toguether , 10 years compared with 1 1/2 years , and obviously the team that barca has .
      Let’s not just see how much Madrid spent but look at the pay roll , Puyol , Alves , pique , messi , villa , busquets , sanchez , and so many others , how much do they get paid ? Peanuts? No way .
      A manager’s job is to build a team , Madrid did not have one when Mourinho arrived , so they have to buy and sell , that is what he has done , now 1 1/2 years into it the team is begining to play toguether , just begining to , they have not yet develop into the team that every one wants , when they do , whach out.
      Messi is indead a magnificent player , no one can say otherwise but Cristiano still has the edge .
      Stop being negative and just enjoy the game , we all know that messi has won 3 consecutive ballon d’ors , with all the merit , although xavi should have won it last year and , we also can see when inesta is not playing we can see a different barca , just look at any game without him .
      The world has had marvelous players , but now , we have messi and ronaldo , not lightyears ahead or behind , just 2 players in 2 fantastic teams that we are previledged to marvel day in they out .

  36. Ian Leong says:

    Lol all the Messi fans here are dumb. You all just can’t accept that for once someone isn’t doesn’t treat Messi like a god and worship him blindly.

    Grow up. Not everyone likes Messi.

    Great article, Gup[ta. Spot-on.

  37. Bilal says:

    To the author: Well done a very good article… I have often had the same views and wondered why no body wrote an article about it…

    To the Barca fans who are bashing the author for supposedly disrespecting ‘Messi’, you are proving him right by doing so. Like Ian Leong said above, Messi is not God, he is a human, and can make mistakes, and should be questioned just like any other player on the field.

    Why are ppl ignoring the facts that this article discussed? Forget the Messi-Ronaldo rivalry and who is better. what about the double standards? what about the preferential treatment?

    I personally believe that Messi has done a great job of masking his true identity and his true personality. Someone really gave him excellent advice that if he wanted to be loved, he should portray an image of a humble, sky-pointing, (looks up to the heavens after scoring every time, although its common in other players also), scandal-free player… ppl will buy into the Oh-he-is-so-humble and loving character and adore him no matter what…. There is nothing wrong in this, but the fact remains that this is not Messi’s real persona, flash back to the years when he was coming up at Barca and you will see a completely different messi, swash-buckling, extravagant, punching the air and shouting towards the stands after scoring… he has changed that image beautifully now. Although he is still not so innocent, (the wink at ronaldo in UCL final? the ball kicked into fans face? there are many subtle indications in many matches if you look for them… which brings us back to ppl batting a blind eye towards messi… The Protected One !

  38. Bilal says:

    The author also discussed the humble Barca, the ones who never complained and did the talking on the pitch… it was all working fine till they were winning, after falling behind 7 points, that mask has been ripped of all of a sudden, why the complaining? 2 of Barca’s most humble players: Xavi and Messi complaining about the referees performance ? Again I emphasize, there is nothing wrong with it, BUT, they should stop pretending to be humble and drop the false humility… When ronaldo speaks his mind he is blasted for it… these are the double standards the author discussed among other points, but ppl here just jumped up at the slightest hint of criticism towards Messi…

    To ppl saying that Bernabeu booed Ronaldo.. well yeah, they did, thats how the Bernabeu faithful are, always demanding more, always wanting to win, to be the best, coz thats what their history has made them used to… Camp Nou fans would never-ever put that much pressure on the team, let alone a single player… and Ronaldo still performed, (forget who is better or worse), performing at the level that Ronaldo performs after being put in the spot so often is just phenomenal, why dont ppl understand that? I doubt there would be many players who could perform at the same level that they do or even better in ronaldos case, after having the price tag of the costliest player in world football… many players failed, but Ronaldo delivered… and he keeps on trying to be better, he has improves so much as a player this season, he has kicked off so many negatives, and added positives, we should acknowledge that… Messi greatness would not be diminished by acknowledging Ronaldos greatness, they are both Masters in their own right !

    • Aditya Ray says:

      Well I really do think Barcelona has for some time have had an edge mentally over the best teams in the world, this has a logical relationship to the way they play – possession football and quick passing, as has destablizing consequences on the biggest opponents. Infact Barcelona seem much more vulnerable in front of mid-table teams as these dont care much about possession rather can counter-attack.

      Most big teams are not used to having such less possession, they dominate in every other game, but every time they encounter Barcelona, they get frustrated, even their fans dont like this and thus even the most faithfuls of Madristas fall into the trap of penalizing their own players for no fault of theirs (Sometimes the coach gets away rather easily). So in a way, failure of Ronaldo in the Clasicos, is not really Ronaldo’s failure but Messi’s success. Of course the media does not see it this way, but its not always Ronaldo’s fault (only sometimes).. its much rather ‘how he plays in the team’.

      So its more of a “frustration” than about “demanding more attitude” of the madrid fans. Its a frustration of having the best but not being able to deliver.You really can demand more by egging you players on you know.

      The success of Barca is magnified also because that individuals are humble in their roles as team players, whether or not they are humble outside of the team, I dont know and I dont really care. They are all extremely dedicated bunch on the field. And as a team they are really ambitious, and yes they may turn out to be bad losers, but they seriously haven’t lost so much. It is actually really exciting, as a football fan to see such intense rivalry among Madrid and Barcelona- the two arch-rivals and traditional heavyweights of football, because so much is on stake. Though this also takes unfortunately, a toll on the quality of football that happens on the field as a result. No team is an angel, not even Barca…. of you call it a pretense… to play humble so be it. I really dont have the same measure about footballing attitudes as Marca or any other media house or that matter. In fact the greatest trick Barcelona has pulled is to play strategically when the other is playing harsh. Often in the Clasicos their are some player (from Barca) that go down easily as nine pins, however dont you make the mistake of blaming them, the fault really lies with Mourinho and the attitude of Real under him. If you play harsh then you cant complain the other player to ‘play’ victim. Its called a tit-for-tat. This I really believe has to change at Real. The only way that can do it though is by playing more open, more positively and get the cob-webs of not being able to beat barca off their minds.

      Plus the thing about “playing humble” is different. I dont see those airs around Xavi and especially Messi, who is mostly too shy about his personal life. Messi again has never seemed to much of complaining kind of guy. I dont see any weight in those argument.

      • Bilal says:

        The statements of Xavi and Messi are pretty obvious in recent weeks… they complained about the refereeing decisions, this, after Xavi claiming that Real Madrid are sore loosers, and then Barca drew the match. God forbid had Barca lost, they wudve created an uproar. LOL

  39. Aditya Ray says:

    Oh how I love this slugfest!

    To answer some the questions that were raise by a certain “Chris Shaw” and the rest of the lot claiming that some of us are ‘defending’ Messi…

    Messi does not need defending.. he’s that great. And I have no apologies to say that I love Messi… although not necessarily Barca as much. I have always loved Argentina for the way they play and I love them even more because Messi plays for them. I used to watch shit EPL cuz in my country we just received that at one point of time and honestly ever since I watched Messi play – I have pretty much stopped watching other ‘big clubs’… Messi is perhaps the only goddamn reason that I avidly watch and love football. Watching him in matches is like so much fun that I wake up odd hours just to see him day in and day out… go late to office… half sleepy, totally disheveled… get reprimanded etc. However, for me, just like for several others, Messi has bought new joy to football, something that Ronaldo could not ever do. I get shivers thinking Leo will retire from playing one day and we will be devoid of the joy.

    Now that is my bias, which I have stated.

    Chris Shaw says “If you put them in a match just facing each other, handsdown CR7 will destroy messi”. Its a plain stupid/ ignorant statement from someone who claims to play or even know what football is. Football is not some boxing bout. We have anyway seen the (in)effectiveness of CR7 when Barca plays Real Madrid and we have also see how brutally the RM backline (they are not the only team) treats Messi and how Messi is able to elevate his game in these circumstances.

    I dont like individual comparisons in football because most of the time they are useless. Infact I do not want to compare Messi and Christiano.. mostly it is a gimmick from the media. Fifa Ballon D’or, like other awards, also in that sense, tend to be biased much more towards strikers and people playing high up in the field; but that is also because the way football conventionally functions.

    However Messi defies the conventional role of a striker in more than one way. He is in the category of those very few playmakers who have tread the football fields, who were also great strikers.

    Messi has a single minded way of approaching football… something that other’s can only envy, something however which takes a lot of toll on an individuals psyche. Football is not about show-boarding, like any other sport its about consistency, and thats what matters. You are great if you can do both- but let me tell you with Messi, you get the feeling that he does not show-board, with him it just happens. How many times have you seen christiano ronaldo pull tricks impulsively. Football is not some free style competition of football tricks. I am sure there are much better free-stylers in the streets of Rio or other football crazy cities. I admire Ronaldo for his ability to be a lethal striker in front of most oppositions but thats it.

    • Bilal says:

      Good take on Messi… I respect the Messi fans, and I get the same feeling watching Ronaldo play, and I should feel the same for messi, but somehow it gets over-shadowed by the fact that he plays for Barcelona, me being a Madrid fan…

      Btw, any take on my views expressed in my comments above ?

    • Chris Shaw says:

      Aditya Ray,

      You completely missed the point, When I say they are facing each other .. I’m comparing them individually. And if you think thats an ignorant/stupid statement then your off your stupid little head. Clearly you haven’t played football, If you did then you would know that its a common training drill that you have to go through. You alwayz do 1 v 1 drills dummy and by saying that I’m pointing out that Cristiano is individually better than Messi, he doesn’t need to depend on players like messi does and this was clearly shown in the previous two el Classico, CR7 performed better than Messi. Now coming back to the ballon D’or, Messi winning in 09 n 11 is justifiable but him getting the 2010 award was beyond me, He didnt deserve that due to poor performance at the WC ( getting smashed 4-0) Didnt win the UCL as well, its all a propaganda because these so called Journalists and coaches feel sympathy for him for his early childhood adversities and where as CR7 is the more flashy and Show off type player which makes some people hate him and belittle his achievements. CR7 is great, he’s a legend back in England and is going to be a legend in Madrid as well, he’s versatile. Put CR7 in barcelona and see how many goals he scores. Messi & CR7 are both top 2 players in the world, they are pretty close in comparison. Messi has also performed well against RM, the goal he scored beating 2-3 Madrid defenders was amazing but same can be said for CR7. Considering football is a team sport and not an individual sport, both are amazing players and the difference between them is insignificant, it all comes down to who wins the most trophies for their respective team to be number 1 & 2

      • Aditya Ray says:

        Mascherano commented on his compatriot Leo Messi yesterday: The coach decides how much he needs to play. He helps us a lot. For the matter of rest, we have physios and a coach who take charge of that. He is a player who prefers playing to training. Every physique is different. If he plays every match it’s because he’s in the condition to do so.”

      • Aditya Ray says:

        I will just tell you what Mascherano commented on his compatriot Leo Messi yesterday: The coach decides how much he needs to play. He helps us a lot. For the matter of rest, we have physios and a coach who take charge of that. “He is a player who prefers playing to training”. “Every physique is different. If he plays every match it’s because he’s in the condition to do so”.

  40. riaz says:

    Mr Kingkenny…
    who thinks he is mature and others are kiddo.. put some effort to find out how the real madrid fans have googled out and did research on messi to look into his past image and the present one and the advice and the mask.. now common is this moral science class or a thread on personality devlopment… we are talking about football

    and i dont need google or youtube to tell the things that i feel.. I dont have to prove barca are a very good side.. the side itself have been proving it for long…

    and abt messi.. caniggia was my fav footballer before messi.. i have lost the FAVOURITE player concept long back.. i ve seen other great players.. but watching messi.. brought me back to FOLLOWING a player again.. his game is that beautiful.. i totallly second ADITYA… i love the way the guy plays football

    • Bilal says:

      @Riaz:
      Was this statement referring to me in a way (among others): “the real madrid fans have googled out and did research on messi to look into his past image and the present one and the advice and the mask.. now common is this moral science class or a thread on personality devlopment… we are talking about football”

      If so, I did not google anything on messi, I was just expressing my views based on the games I have seen Messi play, since 4-5 years… Peace !

    • King Kenny says:

      Yeah man I think that the earlier comments made by such fans as “madridhater” and “djedan” are very immature and make fans of Messi and Barca look bad. Okay they’re just individual fans but I see that kind of bullshit from Messi fanboys all over the internet and even in real life and i’m getting pretty sick of it. To be fair the same can be said about some Real Madrid and CR7 zealots.

  41. riaz says:

    i have been watching football since 90 wc … i stopped following footback seriusly long back.. and it was was watching messi in action that brought me back to watching football… i now see the greatness of messi.. i watch other matches as well .. and i can really figure out the difference between him and others..

  42. Ganjamani says:

    One more reason why Indians should stop commenting about football. Messi was born a midget who became a giant through sheer determination, you idiot. Stick to commenting on cricket or kabadi next time.

  43. Mike A says:

    You are wrong to suggest that Messi has more help from his team than Ronaldo. Age of the midfielders doesn’t matter. For the 2010-2011 season Ozil managed 28 assists in all competitions, Di Maria 26. Messi got 27 assists. You know how many Xavi and Iniesta got?…….Xavi 10, Iniesta 9.

    It’s Messi who is provided the goals AND the assists for his Barca team. This season alone Di Maria has 13 assists and Ozil has 11 whilst Xavi has 6 has Iniesta has 4 assists. Ronaldo get’s tons of help scoring penatlies and tap-ins. Messi, well he usually has to beat 3 or 4 players to score.

    • Aditya Ray says:

      Exactly ….Just the point I was making….

      Pep realizes that Xavi is getting old (though he also seems to get better) and is now using both him and Iniesta in a more discreet manner. They are starting in much less number of matches and playing fewer minutes. Also Iniesta has been injury prone this season. The idea is also to have them super subs, while ensuring their players longevity, in this way everybody needs to chip in.

      Messi still remains central to the plans of Barcelona. One cannot imagine Barca to have the same success rate without Messi.

    • Big time contradiction mate. Interesting that you should bring up the question of assists. Everytime there one talks of assists, Xavi and Iniesta are always behind than most of the players in the world. Yet barring few isolated incidents Barca/messi have always struggled in absence of Xavi and Iniesta becuase Messi has no decoys to make own runs.

      Yet they are one the best players in the world.. And that’s because of their overall play. So if Messi doesn’t get assists( or in other words, help from Xavi, Iniesta) , then he scores them on his own and Barca’s/Messi’s game is not a team game.

      So which one is it? Is Messi selfish and solitary magician or is Messi a team player who looks much better due to his team mates?

      • BS says:

        you know, you are just sh*t…
        How many assist to Messi last season and this season?
        How many penalties did ronaldo took (most accomplished penalty taker, huh??)?

  44. riaz says:

    how can anyone call a player SELFISH when he has given these many assists???and how can you say that messi a looks MUCH BETTER due to team mates… if you have seen messi dribbling a lotta midfielders and defenders and scores the goal alone.. i guess you have seen players looking miserable after failing to stop him moving forward alone.. so i request you to refrain from using MUCH BETTER..

    just to give you some proof.. watch the gaol against getafe. which is just one of the many goals.. also look at the times when barcelona thrashed Arsenal, Man U, and real madrid in champions league.. and in all those games messi was the prominent figure.. deciding the course of the match.. he was also the top scorer in the last 3 champions league.. a tournament in which all the best teams in the world come together.. still why dout his abilities??

  45. Cristiano is a good player and can be effective but lacks consistence and when it matters most he varnishes.He is also very lucky player. Messi = consistence+passion+dedication+polished and complete footballer+hardworking. Its no use comparing Cristiano and Messi. Cristiano was born on the wrong hour and generation. Mr author you can at least compare Ronadhinho with Messi not Ronaldo. Messi is an accamplished player = two in one.

  46. Chris Shaw says:

    Hahaha so we are talking assists now ay,

    Dude howmany times have you seen Ronaldo creating countless number of chances for higuain n benzema to put away?! easy sitters they were missing which CR7 created, Thats why I said Barca were a better team, they have better forwards. Talking about assists is baseless in this argument, nice try though.

  47. edu says:

    I like Ronaldo.I like Balotelli. I like Eto’o.
    I do not watch Barca.
    I am surprised that the ‘best’ player in the world has not good shot technique, no header, only one foot.
    Messi is an excellent dribbler.
    Some say excellent dribblers are the best players. Others say complete players are the best.
    I like Ronaldo.I like Balotelli. I like Eto’o.
    Real is a racist club, I fear. Barca too.

  48. edu says:

    ‘Assists’ were probably created in the land of soccer. What a nonsense to count ‘assists’. Already the name is a clear misnomer.
    You should also get a point if you were on the field while the goal was scored ? How about rewarding the defender, that made the tackle, that led to the attack, that led to the goal ?
    Assists …

    • Aditya Ray says:

      @ Edu… First Things First… I greatly recommend that you watch Barca and not just Balotelli, Ronaldo and Eto’ (btw.. not long back this guy played for Barca, so when did you start watching him? when he went to Inter under Mourinho).

      Although I do agree to some degree with the assist part … however to say that they dont really reflect a players ‘ability’ and they are some wierd invention in football is taking it a bit too far.

      Xavi and Iniesta are perhaps two midfielders who reveal the paradox in ‘stats’ such as assists- They might not have the most number of assists but they are still considered (and are recognized) to be one of the most potent midfielders in world. This has also to do with how Barca plays.

      …However anybody who watches/plays football will know that although assists might seem only a theoretical tool – a ‘useless’ stat, those numbers actually do reflect the class of a player. Mostly people with the top assists will be indispensable to their squads and be recognized for that quality. Its a matter of quantifying the obvious.

      As to how good a player Messi is … I would again really recommend you to watch Barca matches, also try watching Argentina to see what difference Messi makes to the game… and how his ‘final touch’, which is the stuff of legends… does not just account to scoring goals but also ‘making’ goals for his teammates. Its this single-handed ability – to take the game to the opposition, to slalom through at cracking pace, his foresight to pick out his teammates from the narrowest of spaces in between a crowded maze of defenders- these qualities that make him the best player.

      Its not just about his goals, its how he plays that makes him the most ‘complete’ player in the practical sense and not in some ‘simulated’ hypothetical sense.

      In this sense, I have the same problem regarding the way you use the term ‘complete player’, as you have against the term “assist” in football.

      • Mike A says:

        If you want to see how good Messi is go to Youtube, type in ‘Messi Vs’, pick a few games to watch. Average video 6 mins or so. Do the same for Ronaldo. No contest. Messi’s ability and speed of play will become very apparent very quickly. When you see what he does during a single game in such a compact video, his touch, dribbling, inter-play, it blows everyone else away.

  49. Mike A says:

    Ronaldo might be more ‘complete’ physically ie. he’s more two-footed than Messi and better in the air but for me Messi is the more complete footballer. Ronaldo can play as a striker or a winger and that’s it. These days he just a striker. But Messi, he can play as a striker, he can play as a No.10, as a winger and as a midfielder. When Messi gets too old to run past 6 players he’ll play in Xavi’s role because his passing and vision is just as good as Xavi.

    Ronaldo more complete. No chance. Messi is MUCH more complete than Ronaldo it’s just he does it all with his left-foot.

  50. BS says:

    Well done!! Bravo!! –

    Has to admit you are way too intelligent to write this article. What are you trying to prove? That messi score’s only bcz of Xavi, Iniesta, Ronaldinho?? Madrid is a poor pathetic team without Money relying on home grown players??? Kaka, Ozil, D’maria, Sahin all don’t worth a penny??

    Ronaldo scores against the weekest. He always takes a shot at goal no matter what angle he is, or any striker in a better striking position than him. He is selfish, Crooked (Remember Wayne rooney incident??)…

    Reg: the kindness he has shown. — he auctioned his boots for petty 2000$ you idiot. what is his pay??

  51. BS says:

    Prakhar Deep Gupta is a troller!! Good Job !!

  52. BS says:

    Prakhar Deep Gupta is a troll!!

  53. the man is drunk while writtingthe article.ronaldo is so selfish in nature and have million dollar players around to help him score. but the fact is he hunt only the weaker teams ,against the top teams he just dont take over. poor fellow have only money n girlfriend to show.

  54. fred says:

    Yes BS , Your name says it all , drink another one and go back to bed .
    We are talking about our ideas , we don,t need your silly comments , if you are drunk just sit this one out and have a coffee smell the roses get a life.
    As for chimungwe or whatever his name is , stick to the facts , don,t be so ignorant , wrong day wrong time ? What are you talking about ? stick to marbles man .
    Cristiano has evolved into a complete player now , he is defending more , he is helping the team score , he coming behind to help , give credit where credit is due , Messi came to Spain where he spoke Spanish , Ronaldo went to England at 18 , do you know what they speak there ?
    Totally different traditions , language , people , do you know what he went through ?
    He is a self made man , just thanking God and himself my friend and through his hard work , against the boo boys of other teams of course , he went against every body .
    Diving , how about Gerard ? Cole , Drogba , Gerard was the king of diving , every one knows that .
    Did Ronaldo dive ? Yes , was he arrogant ? Yes .
    Don,t compare this guy to any other guy man , he is a man , at his age working hard but living the life , in style , way to go Cristiano these guys all wanted to be able to do the same but of course they can’t .
    Comparing Ronaldo to ronaldinho etc , they were great players for 2 , 3 years , cristiano has been on the top since 2007 and he is 27 , give respect to this guy , he deserves it all .

  55. Shivam says:

    funny getting this many responses. and i agree that the false mask of humility stayed on. only till they were winning, now sniffing defeat they are getting frustrated and speaking like everybody else does against poor refereeing as also they should. just that this fake mask by guardiola and co has been exposed. nobody toook out time to condemn the disgraceful diving and falling down like ballerinas at the slightest of touches by barcelona players. yes everybody does not like messi. well i dont. and i dont care to read two page replies by stupid barca fans who aint got a clue what they talkin about. barcelona have put up double standards for long, they dived on pitch and off field pep would describe a 17th division team as a tough opponent and similar nonsense. those times are up fcb*tches. get real.

  56. Rakshit says:

    Dude, you just published what i wanted to shout out for everyone of his critics. This guy is an inspiration for me and will certainly be for everyone if they can truly appreciate his greatness. I am vexed by the criticism which is dished out at him. its been ages now and CR9 has gone from being a teenage sensation to being on the verge of becoming one of the greatest players who have graced the game. Its amusing to see the same diving and individual play criticisms at him even now. seriosuly lame good for nothings those who do that. when his father died, his career had just started and he could have very easily have given it all away but his unquenchable desire to be among the greatest lead him on and the rest as they say is history. he had no la masias to shield him nor did he have the peps, cryuffs or ronaldinho’s to guide him and certainly did not have a whole team helping him out every second on the pitch, players, most of whom were at their peaks. everywhere he went he was on his own, trained hard on his own and then came the life changing moment, to play under the greatest manager of all time. The grand old man of old trafford took him and moulded him into the superhuman player he is now. he was pitted against chelsea’s billions and he had won that battle convincingly. Now he is pitted against a team which is winning everything there is to be won albeit cos they have the whole governing bodies in their back pockets but still if there is a partnership in football which can topple a hideous monster camouflaged by pontifications of playing a beautiful brand of football ( which i totally disagree) then it is the partnership of two portugese sensations, jose and ronaldo. last week saw the ugly side of barca show up again but not a whisper from anyone abt it. how much more biased can one be? Hoping that the special one’s second season trend goes on to overthrow barcelona in the process making ronaldo go past messi for the good once it for all.

  57. @Shivam and @rakshit. That’s the whole crux of the matter. If anybody questions the mythical halo of Messi and Barcelona, he deemed to be crazy and biased. Nobody cares what sort of person Ronaldo is, just because he flashes his money around.

    • Bilal says:

      Exactly. Ppl hate Ronaldo bcoz he flashes his money around. But dont forget that he has a really big heart, he has helped set up his family members and a lot of friends too, and he donates to the needy as well…

      And lets be honest here, the flashy, pizazz, arrogant, stylish look suits him, coz he can carry it… and he deserves to be cocky.. he is a realist… Now lets just picture Messi in Ronaldo’s personality (Barca fans dont me mad LOL)… but messi just cant carry it off… it wont suit him… so he went for the much easier path of humility and humbleness and sky-pointing, shirt-kissing – Ala Messi

      • Bilal says:

        No doubt messi is a great player, but if ppl want me to love him bcoz of his humble and loving nature, no thanks, we Madridistas already have a ‘player with that personality and universally loved bcoz of it: Ricardo Kaka !!

  58. Bilal says:

    Check out this action by Ramos… can anyone guess what he means by it? :)

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=245081428837655

  59. JM says:

    “Yet again, Ronaldo was thwarted by bad luck as Giggs, Scholes were much nearer to the end of their careers than at the middle. Even Kaka has been beset with injuries and has never been at his best. Yet again, Ronaldo worked harder and has somehow managed to outshine Messi in scoring goals, if not anything else. This is even more remarkable considering the service available to Messi much superior than what Ronaldo gets.
    Messi has Tevez, Aguero and Higuain in the national team to support his talent. Ronaldo has no one with the same pedigree.” funny. Poor C.Ronaldo..then he should the best ever..better than Maradona…

  60. Mike Heath says:

    People don’t see it but Ronaldo get’s as much help as Messi if not more. I actually think more especially this season. Here are some stats which do back this up.

    Assists for Madrid and Barca, La Liga Season 2010-2011.

    1) Ozil …………………19
    2) Di Maria…………….16
    3)= Higuain, Alonso, Marcelo, Benzema………….all 6 (total 24 assists)
    7) Kaka ……………….5

    1) Alves………………14
    2) Villa………………..10
    3) Pedro……………….8
    4) Xavi………………….7
    5) Iniesta………………4

    No-one else from these teams got over 3 assists. I didn’t want to even include Iniesta because he only had 4 assists but that would be a stat everyone would wonder about. I had to add him so then I had to add anyone else with over 4 assists.

    Madrid- 64 assists
    Barca- 43 assists.

    That is a big difference. The stats are not a perfect indicator but it’s more an indicator than anything else. Ronaldo was getting more service than Messi last season,

    This season.

    1= Di Maria………14
    1= Ozil……………14
    2) Benzema ……..8
    3) Kaka……………6

    1) Alves……………9
    2)Fabregas……….7
    3) Xavi……………..7
    4) Iniesta………….5

    Madrid 42
    Barca 28

    Same again.

    And how much is Ronaldo being helped with penalties this season.

    Ronaldo- 27 league goals, 10 are penalties.
    Messi- 23 League goals, 2 are penalties.

    This season, no penalty stats, Messi is top scorer with 21 goals to Ronaldo’s 17 and playing in a team that looks like it’s creating less chances.

    All this talk of Messi plays for such a great side etc etc well Mourinho has been making a goal scoring machine out of Real Madrid, this season and last, so I think that Ronaldo is actually getting more help than Messi, much more and even THEN he stiil can’t catch the little Argentinian.

    I don’t really see how anyone can argue with this?

    • Pratik says:

      It is a perfect indicator that the writer is absolutely malicious about Messi. Perhaps he’s so vindictive that he did not do his research well. Or else how can one say that – “Ronaldo’s father a humble gardener, José Dinis Aveiro, died of an alcoholism-related liver condition in September 2005 at age 52 when Ronaldo was 20. Yet he stayed on and fought like a maniac to achieve his dreams.”

      If Ronaldo’s father died of alcohol related problem, how is Messi to be blamed for it? Or how does it make Ronaldo a better player than Leo.
      The problem is that everybody nowadays wants to write, doesn’t matter how crap he is!

      More or less, it’s evident that the writer of this piece is sore and a loser :)

    • Aditya Sharma says:

      Finally! Someone posts something that’s not purely subjective! I doubt you’ll get a lot of replies from the ‘messi-sucks-ronaldo-is-god’ crowd

    • The core crux of your argument is that no. of goals=no. of assists AND there is a direct co-relation of assists to the help a player is supposed to be getting.

      The research that you have done is commendable. Yet there is one thing that you have missed out. The style of the team play. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona had the same number of goals (RM: 148; FCB:147) in all competitions. Yet the number of assists for the two teams are wildly different.
      If we remove Messi and Cristiano’s contribution to the goals scored by Real Madrid and Barca then a better picture will emerge.

      Barcelona 89 72
      Real Madrid 76 80

      For Real Madrid your analysis holds true. i.e. the number of goals=assists.
      Yet for Barca there is a significant gap between the two. If both the players are included, then the different will become even greater.

      This is because Barcelona plays tiki-taka till you drop and passing to death approach. This involves off the ball runs and players movement. Whereas Real play heavily on counter and direct football. So penalties are more and so is the co-relation with assists.

      Again, I will put forward the point: Is Xavi great because of assists that he gives or something else he brings to the team?

      I guess you already know the answer. The barca model of passing to death is unique. Comparing it with a totally different style of play will bring forth incorrect conclusions by means of stats.

      The idea is not to trash Messi, but to show how much Ronaldo has changed as a player and how much he had to adapt constantly. Yet he stands right next to Messi. If you want to say that Ronaldinho at his prime, staying La masia for 10 years at a go did not help Messi, then i can’t say anything else.

  61. Aditya Sharma says:

    Probably one of the most biased articles I have ever read, anywhere.
    You’ve don’t state any statistics, or hard facts, and instead have tried to paint a picture with Ronaldo as the misunderstood hero of the movie.
    And in case anyone wants to argue that the article isn’t biased, let’s have a look at some of the stuff you wrote:
    – Messi was born great, Ronaldo had to work hard for it: Oh please, that is absolute crap. Messi hasn’t been sipping beers on a couch all his life at La Masia. Both were born talented, and both have worked hard to harness their talent.
    – Messi had Xavi, Iniesta, Ronaldinho, etc. while Ronaldo was stuck with Giggs, Scholes and Kaka: Dude, I’m a Liverpool fan and even I have immense respect for how well Giggs and Scholes play even at this age, let alone all those years ago when Ronaldo was at united Also I wonder how you forgot to mention he also payed alongside Rooney, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra and Van Der Sar
    – “Cristiano flew to Indonesia to help those in need. He auctioned off a few stuff to help raise funds for charity using his star status to reach out needy”: Somehow you chose not to mention anything about the ‘Leo Messi Foundation’, and his work with UNICEF. Must have forgot…

    The only thing I can agree with here is that Messi is always portrayed as a hero by the media, and Ronaldo gets stuck with the role of the bad guy. But this is probably mostly Ronaldo’s fault; he has been awful at handling the media.
    Let’s face it, if anyone at your workplace said “I’m awesome and I know it”, you’d probably want to punch him in the face.