Top 5 reasons Leo Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo

Both players own a tremendous set of technical abilities. Both are imaginative, creative and determined. They are fast with or without the ball, and can score at will. But who is better? (part 2)

1.  Messi is part of a team. Football is a team sport, not an individual effort. It may sound simple, but it is a fact that is being overlooked, especially in ceremonies like the Ballon d’Or, which hands an award to a single player. Ronaldo might be an awesome freak of nature, but like Zlatan Ibrahimovic would probably not fit in the best team in the world, because unlike Messi he is not built to blend in.

2.  Football is a game of teamwork, cohesion, of finding the right balance between sacrificing one’s personal skill and ambitions to the betterment of the team. Messi understands that better than Ronaldon. It is because he was formed to fit a structure, and not to be the ultimate action hero like the Portuguese.

3.   Messi is a humble servant of a system that makes him great. He knows he wouldn’t have become such a great player without knowing exactly how Xavi likes to pass the ball, and understanding exactly how Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta likes to receive the pass. Ronaldo will never be able to form such partnerships, which are the most important part of the game.

4.  Ronaldo tends to get frustrated a lot during games. He tends to show it too, and that adds pressure on his teammates’ shoulders. Messi is less likely to show he is cracking under pressure. He often reacts to near-misses and misunderstandings with a smile. This trait makes him easier to play with.

5.  Messi won more titles because he is a better teammate than Ronaldo. The team makes him stronger as an individual. It is what makes him the great player he is. He understands that he might win games on his own, but titles are won by the team.

22 Comments

  1. BENSON B THOMAS added these pithy words on November 17, 2011 | Permalink

    i wiil prove cristiano is better than messi.
    every one says messi is lords of record but what individual record for messi compare to whole players.but c.ronaldo has individual records .
    1) ronaldo score 34 goals in premierleauge has a mid feilder in 2008. premier leauge is the toughest leauge in the world .if messi plays he wiil only score 15 goals because in liga his highest score is 34.He got best goal award in 2008.tht messi not get yet.he is the only player to who got two european golden shoe in two teams.
    2) he scord more than 100 goals for real in 3rd season were messi scored 200 in 9th season.very poor.
    messi only scored 9 hat-tricks for barca in 9 years were c.ronaldo 12 for real in 3 years.
    3) ronaldo has only scored 40 goals in liga .he defeat a record of 38 goals.were messi top goal in season is 34 in liga.

  2. Ouriel Daskal added these pithy words on November 17, 2011 | Permalink

    As I wrote here before – Ronaldo might be a better
    individual than Messi, but football is not tennis

    http://www.soccerissue.com/2011/11/16/top-5-reasons-cristiano-ronaldo-is-better-than-leo-messi/

  3. metro buen added these pithy words on November 24, 2011 | Permalink

    is ronaldo playing alone in amdrid and in man u?are u blind ? he can create plays for his teammates he ca score what does messi does ? he just wating fo through pass from xavi or iniesta in world cup did score ? huguain did all the scoring in argentina where is messi?

  4. nicolas quinteros added these pithy words on February 22, 2012 | Permalink

    el mejor jugadador es leonel messi

  5. Smiley added these pithy words on February 22, 2012 | Permalink

    C.ronaldo is more better in every way..

  6. Nandu added these pithy words on February 23, 2012 | Permalink

    if football is a team sport, why are critical passes from xavi and cesc to messi ignored? if messi scores from their pass, only he gets the credit.

    as you can see, he receives most of its passes inside the penalty box..what real lacks are attacking midfielders

  7. Cristiano fan` added these pithy words on February 23, 2012 | Permalink

    But main defrance in them both is Messi play as a striker but RONALDO is winger But still ronaldo leading messi from three years in goals….messi flop with the Argentina having all big players in the team….but what abt Portugal….only RONALDO……playing for club is not only imp….and what abt messi …..7 years in the same club……ronaldo Changes 3 club and proved him self in every type of leauge but i sure messi can’t do that…..messi have ZERO statues in world but RONALDO have 40 ……..why bcause world know …the BEST

  8. devanshu added these pithy words on February 23, 2012 | Permalink

    ronaldo is better dan MESSi in every way… he can score solo goals as well as can create goals for his teammates… if messi changes 3 clubs in 7 years dis probably wont b d sight dat he scores 30 goals through even 1 club… in la liga der r only 2 teams rulin RM BARCA… but in EPL der r 5 teams MANU CH ARSENAL MANC.. etc… every way CR7 is d best

  9. mohdziyad added these pithy words on February 23, 2012 | Permalink

    messi is always playing with xabi and inesta he cant play with they and he cant play other team like barcelona am sure during the world cup he is not played well dan in barca also he cant score a single goal

  10. vardaan yadav added these pithy words on February 23, 2012 | Permalink

    when messi play 4 any EPL team n performe lyk ronaldo……….then he will be able to challenge ronaldo………………..

  11. amogh kumar added these pithy words on February 23, 2012 | Permalink

    stop comparin ronaldo wid messi…..ronaldo came to madrid at peak of his career while messi been at barca fr a long time so stop using stats to compare dese 2

  12. dilraj added these pithy words on February 23, 2012 | Permalink

    CR7 is top player in soccer world

  13. dilraj added these pithy words on February 23, 2012 | Permalink

    CR7

  14. Aman added these pithy words on March 8, 2012 | Permalink

    How can any1 even compare messi and ronaldo??
    both are diffrent and ronaldo overpowers messi……messi can score goals only when hes got better players to pass the ball in dangerous areas..whereas ronaldo can take the ball from the halfline and score himself. who tells ronaldo is not a team player…if he gets the opportunity to play in a team like barcelona or manu he will definitely pass the ball but in madrid there is no1 he can trust!!

  15. uday added these pithy words on March 8, 2012 | Permalink

    don’t know why every Messi fans are use to scare about Christiano. Messi has Xavi, Iniesta there Ronaldo has Ozil, De-Maria. Without Xavi and Iniesta he is scoring goal more thn Messi.. so stop scare about Ronaldo.

  16. chris brown added these pithy words on March 9, 2012 | Permalink

    leo messi is simply unstopabel

  17. Shital added these pithy words on April 5, 2012 | Permalink

    cr7

  18. Shital added these pithy words on April 5, 2012 | Permalink

    cr7 unstopeble!!!

  19. nigzz added these pithy words on June 24, 2012 | Permalink

    dude 1,2,5 are the same…plus he isnt perfrmain in argentina cause he cant find any cohesion ther…plus who gives a damn abt bein humble? sad messi fan u are

  20. christopher added these pithy words on June 27, 2012 | Permalink

    IDIOT ADMIN I LOVE BARCELONA AND I HAIL MESSI AND I LIKE RONALDO TOO STOP THIS BULLSHIT OF WHO IS BETTER AND WHO IS NOT JUST STFU.Both are really good and we r no one to say who is better or not we are no one in front of them to judge u have to be on that level.

  21. N@r$n added these pithy words on June 27, 2012 | Permalink

    ok,seriously except for the 4th one..arent all of them almost similar!? ronaldo is way better than messi any day….messi always depends on xavi and iniesta to score…he is shit without them…

  22. nishant chauhan added these pithy words on July 15, 2012 | Permalink

    hahahah….whats wrong with u guys….messi scored 14 goals in champions league…73 goals this season…50 goals in liga….22 assists…is being crowned player of the year for the last three years consecutively…..
    “the day ronaldo achieves this…
    that day u come and talk to me”

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