Football (also known as soccer in North America) is the most popular sport in the world. It seems that people all over the world are following the latest football news and they want to learn more about their favorite club and players. The fact is that the world has seen many great players that marked certain generations of football players and fans. Pele, Maradona, Cruyff, Zidane, Beckenbauer, Di Stefano, Eusebio, Ronaldinho, Platini, Best, Puskas, Garincha…these are some of the names that are well-known to every true football fan. But, what about modern-day football? Which are the best football players today?
This is a question that can’t be answered without long discussions and debates because it seems that there is a pair of football players that have reached the top and each of them has unique skills and qualities that make it difficult to answer this one simple question – who is the best football player today?
Obviously, we are talking about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. There is no doubt that both of these players have already found their place in the hall of fame. If we want to find out who is the best player, we should learn more about each of them.
To start with, Cristiano Ronaldo is born in a small town in Portugal and he was interested in football since his earliest age. Ronaldo got the status of a rising star when he became a teenager. He played for a few Portuguese clubs before coming to the Premier League in England where he became a global star. Since 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo is a member of Real Madrid. According to Ronaldo, he had two role models in his life George Best and David Beckham. Cristiano Ronaldo is described as a versatile attacker that can score goals with both feet even though he is primarily a right-footed striker. This player is known for its strength and athletic body. Ronaldo has an impressive record in both the national team of Portugal where he has scored 61 goals so far and won the European Championship this year and in Real Madrid where he scored 260 goals.
On the other hand, Lionel Messi is an Argentinean player that is frequently compared to Ronaldo. He was born in Rosario and started playing football when he was just six years old. What is interesting about Messi is that he played for only two clubs in his career. The first one was Newell’s Old Boys where he played for six years and the second is his current team – Barcelona. Messi is playing for Barcelona for 12 years now and he scored 312 goals so far. This is far more than his rival Ronaldo. However, he has scored fewer goals for the Argentinean national team – 55 goals and he didn’t win any medal with the national team.
It is very difficult to tell which of these two players is better because we have to look at the answer from different angles. The truth is that football fans should be glad that they live in a time where Messi and Ronaldo regularly clash in some of the most spectacular duels in the Spanish first division.