Often Compared, Here Are 5 Similarities Between Messi and Ronaldo

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1NEWS – The effort to compare who is better between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is a never ending endeavor.

Both are indeed widely regarded as two of the greatest players in history. The megastar duo have been at the top of the game for nearly two decades, breaking records and achieving incredible milestones for their club and country.

And despite trying to discriminate, in fact the two iconic players have several aspects that are similar to each other. On that note, here are 5 similarities between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

5. Both World Class Finishers

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have built a reputation as two of the greatest finishers in history. Both players have broken almost every goal record.

Ronaldo has scored nearly 800 goals for club and country. The forward is Portugal’s all-time leading scorer with 111 goals. He is also the most prolific goalscorer in Champions League history, having scored 136 goals in Europe’s elite tournament.

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Lionel Messi, meanwhile, also has an impressive record of 751 goals in his career for club and country. Like his Portuguese counterpart, Messi is also the all-time leading goalscorer for Argentina.

Messi also holds the record for most goals scored in La Liga, with 474 goals. In conclusion, Messi and Ronaldo are world-class finishers.

4. Both Respected Footballers

What puts Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in an exclusive class is their ability to step onto the biggest stage and propel their team to victory. And because of that, both of them are highly respected by their opponents.

The two iconic footballers often take their team alone by giving the best performances.

Both superstars have scored in the most iconic tournaments such as the FIFA World Cup, Champions League, European Championship and Copa America. They have also scored and assisted in the final of the tournament on several occasions.

Lionel Messi has a record 31 goals and 13 assists in 44 appearances in all finals. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo’s record is 20 goals and two assists in 31 appearances.

3. Both are Great Leaders

Apart from their ability to make the difference in front of goal, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are also great leaders for club and country. Thanks to their ability to motivate teammates, these two superstars have propelled their team to victory at every turn.

Prior to joining PSG this summer, Lionel Messi served as Barcelona captain for three years. Cristiano Ronaldo has not been appointed captain at club level. But the Portuguese has been the leader without the captain’s armband during his careers with Real Madrid, Juventus and now Manchester United.

Meanwhile, the two superstars were the captains of their respective national teams, and they were both leading from the front. Ronaldo led Portugal to Euro 2016 success, while Messi did a similar feat this summer, helping Argentina to the 2021 Copa America title.

2. Both are Dead Ball Masters

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are known for their prowess from set pieces as much as they are great from open play.

Both have evolved into powerful set-piece takers, whether it’s a free-kick or a penalty. As proof, these two have scored more than 100 penalty kicks and 50 free kicks for club and country.

1. Both Have High Selling Value

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are by far the two best-selling players on the market, outside of their official jobs as footballers.

They have a huge following on social media, which helps them to earn insanely monthly income.

With the popularity they have, it is easy for any brand or product to enter into a cooperation contract for advertising needs.

Over the years, the eternal rival has become an ambassador for well-known brands such as Adidas, Nike, Puma, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Heineken, Tag Heuer, Gatorade, Mastercard, and many more.

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