In general, deciding who is a superior player between Ronaldo and Messi is difficult because these are two players who have been at the peak of their game for almost a decade, winning practically everything there is to win in football, and as such, they ought to be praised rather than compared. However, as the battle for supremacy over who is the GOAT heats up, it's impossible not to compare them. As a result, I believe Ronaldo is the GOAT and a superior player to Messi for the following reasons:
1) Ronaldo has complete playing abilities. Messi is limited, he has some key flaws, whereas Ronaldo's strengths are his powerful left leg, incredible dribbling, and playmaking talents.
Ronaldo, on the other hand, has relatively few flaws, as he can score with both legs, his head, and any other part of his body. His ability to accurately jump and head balls has earned him nicknames like CR7 Airways, among others. Ronaldo is also a skilled dribbler and facilitator, as we saw in his early days at Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, and Real Madrid.
Ronaldo is such a complete player, emphasizing his whole nature, that he is threatening in every minute of the game. This is demonstrated by the fact that he is the first player in football history to score in each of the 90 minutes.
Furthermore, Ronaldo has 57 career Hat Tricks, scoring 9 PERFECT Hattricks in the process, compared to Messi's zero perfect Hattricks. N/B: In a game, a perfect Hattrick is a Hattrick scored with your left leg, right leg, and head.
2) Ronaldo is a more productive player than Messi, with 773 goals in his career to Messi's 734. Ronaldo is also the all-time leading goal scorer in the Champions League, as well as the most prolific international goal scorer, with 103 goals for his country to Messi's 70.
3) Ronaldo is a clutch player: A clutch player is one who performs well under duress and shows up when it matters most.
Ronaldo is a wonderful example of a clutch player because, unlike Messi, he constantly performs on the big stage.
4) Ronaldo has more international success: Ronaldo is not only a more complete and clutch player, but he has also shown himself in three of the world's top leagues, winning at the highest level for both club and country.
While Messi has won more titles at Barcelona, he has not repeated his success elsewhere, particularly with Argentina, which he has led to four final defeats, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the Copa America, when he missed a critical penalty kick that cost his country the title.
Ronaldo, on the other hand, has continued his incredible success at Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus, as well as captaining his country to two international titles, including the 2016 European Championship, which was their first major trophy.
5) Ronaldo excels at set play: Set play is crucial in helping teams win games. Penalty, Free kick, and Corner kick are the three types of set play in football.
Set play/piece is something Ronaldo excels at. This is supported by the fact that he has an astounding 135 penalty kicks to Messi's 98.
It's worth noting that Messi has only scored 77.8% of his penalty kicks, whilst Ronaldo has scored almost 83 percent. Ronaldo's penchant for scoring from the penalty spot has earned him the nickname 'Penaldo' among opposition fans.
Messi presently has 54 freekick goals to Ronaldo's 55. This is especially noteworthy when you consider Ronaldo's drop in taking and scoring free kicks over the last four years, compared to Messi's near-catch-up thanks to his consistency in scoring free kicks during the same period.
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