Cristiano Ronaldo’s proclamation that the feud between himself and Lionel Messi is now a thing of the past is a major turning point in the realm of soccer. For over a decade, these two greats have been the focus of conversations among fans, commentators, and connoisseurs regarding who is the most remarkable soccer player of all time. But now it seems like the time to be a Messi or a Ronaldo fan is over, and a new era of soccer will begin!
A Healthy Competition
The match-up between the two sportsmen has been the driving impetus behind Ronaldo and Messi to continuously expand their bounds and set fresh marks in their particular professions. It was not a competition that was sparked by malevolence, but instead a desire to be at the top of the game. According to Ronaldo, even though the two aren’t exactly friends, the fact that they’ve spent almost 15 years together in the sport has turned them into respected colleagues. He further added that it was a healthy rivalry that was enjoyed by fans all over the world, agreeing that in the end, they’re both the GOATs.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence from the list of 2023 Ballon d’Or nominees was a surprise, to say the least. Having won the prestigious award five times out of two decades of nominations, his omission raised eyebrows in the sports world. Meanwhile, Messi’s inclusion and potential eighth win reflect his outstanding contributions, including leading Argentina to victory in the 2022 World Cup. Comparing Ronaldo vs. Messi’s stats might never end up being resolved. Ronaldo is the highest scorer in clubs while Messi is the highest assist man. These numbers, however, only represent the tip of the iceberg of how they’ve contributed to the game. Their impact on the sport is one that will be felt long after the two kick their final balls!