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Numerous names of footballers will always be remembered for the king sports lover. Since Say Stefano, going by Pelé and ending in Maradona. These three names are just a few from a long list where there are those who today are the two best players in the world and in history for some: Cristiano Ronaldo Y Leo Messi.
The player of the Juventus and that of Barcelona They have become the world leaders in world football, winning numerous titles with their respective teams and individual awards in the last ten years.
The prestigious magazine France Football, which grants the Golden Ball, published the ideal eleven of the decade, which obviously were both Portuguese and Argentine. The first one is 35 years old and the second 32. They both have several years as professionals, but how long will they arrive? What year will it be when they say goodbye?
Age begins to be noticed in both players and its end is closer than far. The star in both Cristiano and Messi begins to fade little by little, but when it is his retirement, the legacy of both will be very difficult to overcome.
The Christian competition – Messi
The competition in recent years between Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi will always be registered for any football fan. This rivalry is still latent mainly because they are contemporary, having almost similar sports records and successes.
Between them they have been proclaimed as the best players in the world on numerous occasions, counting the magazine's Golden Ball France Football, the prize to FIFA World Player, the award The Best FIFA, the World Soccer Award And the prize Globe Soccer Awards. Since the Portuguese was proclaimed the winner of the Golden Ball in 2008, no other player apart from them has achieved such distinction, except Luka modric who won the award mentioned above in 2018, being recognized as the best footballers of his generation.
Their performances, and especially their competition, are also linked to Real Madrid and at Barcelona, a rivalry that lasted until July 10, 2018 after the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo for the Juventus after nine seasons in the white set.
Among its records, some stand out as having managed to score in a Champions League final, to score more than fifty goals regularly in a season or to have scored more than 600 goals throughout their sports careers.
First matches and goals
The first game that both players saw each other in the last decade was on April 10, 2010 in a game of The league. Barcelona visited the Santiago Bernabeu and won 0-2 thanks to a goal from Peter Y Messi.
The two players clashed representing their teams for the first time on February 9, 2011, when Argentina played against Portugal in a friendly in Switzerland. The Portuguese player scored the tie, but Messi took advantage of a penalty to give the victory to the albiceleste.
The first goal of Cristiano Ronaldo to Barcelona with the Real Madrid shirt came in the 2010/2011 season. The two players met in four exciting games at the end of the season.
The first clash was league on April 16, 2011. Barcelona went ahead with a penalty from Messi to put the Portuguese player in the same way. The second match between both players was the final of the Copa del Rey, title that would end up winning the white set thanks to a goal from Cristiano in the extra time.
The next clashes were the two matches of the Champions League semifinal. In the first leg of Santiago Bernabéu, the Argentine scored two goals putting the 0-2 in the tie for his team. The clash of Camp Nou He finished 1-1 and Barcelona qualified for the final of the European Cup.
Cristiano titles and awards
Cuatro Balones de Oro (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) has conquered the Portuguese player in the last decade. In 2011, 2014 and 2015 he won the Golden Boot. To all that is added the two The Best FIFA that the Portuguese player has.
With the Real Madrid shirt, Ronaldo has won two Leagues, two Copas del Rey, two Spanish Super Cups, four Champions League, three European Super Cups and three Club World Cup. For its part, with Juventus, a League and an Italian Super Cup. As regards the Portuguese national team, Cristiano won the Eurocup 2016 and the UEFA Nations League in 2019.
In the 2014/2015 season, he scored 61 goals in 54 games, with an average of 1.13 goals per game, which made him the Madrid player with the most goals in a season in the club's history, being the season with the most goals throughout his professional career.
Divided by competition, it was in the Champions League where he signed some of his most important achievements. In 2013/2014 he reached the absolute goal record in the same edition throughout the history of the tournament with 17 goals in 11 games. He managed to score at least one goal in each phase of the tournament. These numbers took him along with the rest of seasons and competitions UEFA to a career figure of 108 goals, the highest achieved by a player.
In the 2014/2015 season, he set a new personal record by scoring twenty goals during twelve consecutive games in all competitions in play. When it comes to the European Cup, Cristiano is the top scorer with 126 goals.
With three titles, Cristiano Ronaldo is the player who has won the UEFA Award for Best Player in Europe. On June 15, 2018 he became the fourth player in the history of the World Cups to score goals in four different editions of the tournament, along with Pelé, Uwe Seeler Y Miroslav Klose.
On April 20, 2019 he became the first and only player to be champion in the three most important leagues in Europe: the Premier League, La Liga and the A series.
Messi titles and awards
Cinco Balones de Oro (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019) has won the Argentine player in the last decade. In 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019 he won the Golden Boot. To all that is added the only The Best FIFA (2019) that the Argentine player has – one more has Cristiano-.
With Barcelona, Messi has won in the last decade seven leagues, five Copa del Rey, five Spanish Super Cups, two Champions League, two European Super Cups and two Club World Cups.
On January 7, 2018, Messi joined the list of players in history with more than 1000 goals, in Barcelona's victory against I raised. In the Camp Nou, against the Valencian team he scored his thousandth goal.
He is the only player in history to score 50 or more goals for nine consecutive years: 60 (2010), 59 (2011), 91 (2012), 58 (2014), 52 (2015), 59 (2016), 50 ( 2017), 51 (2018), 50 (2019).
Regarding individual records, in the 2011/2012 campaign he became the player to score more official goals in the same season (82) – adding club and selection. In 2012 he was the player who has seen the most times in a calendar year counting club and national team (91 points). With 79 goals he is the player with the most goals scored in the same year in a team (2012) and in the 2011/2012 season he became the player to score more official goals in the same campaign with a club (73).
Christian, better paid
Magazine Forbes He has made a list of the highest paid athletes of this decade that is about to end. How could it be otherwise, Leo Messi appears in the top 3, but behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mayweather He has been the athlete who has pocketed more money in these last ten years, with 803 million euros. After him Cristiano Ronaldo and the Argentine striker from Barcelona arrive, who has to settle for being behind the Portuguese.
The Juventus player is second with 714 million won in this decade, almost 50 more than Messi, who closes the podium with 670 'kilos'. The salary of the Argentine is higher than the Portuguese for years, but the former Real Madrid player has won more thanks to advertising issues.
Messi, more goals and prizes
When it comes to money, Cristiano wins, but in relation to Golden Balls and Golden Boots, the Argentine is ahead. Messi already has six Golden Balls, for the five that Cristiano has. In relation to trophies of top scorer in Europe, captain culé has already six, after the harvest this past course, while the bianconero It takes four.
Regarding goals, Messi has surpassed Cristiano, thus becoming the top scorer of the decade. The Barcelona player has scored 368 goals during the last 10 years, while Cristiano has scored 334 goals.
The '10' of Barcelona thus closed the decade winning the trophy of the top scorer of La Liga, the 'Best' for the best footballer of the year, the 'Pichichi' Trophy and the top scorer of the Champions League.
Argentina, the thorn of Messi
The Argentine player has not been able to win anything with his selection. Not even America Cup neither him world. Quite the opposite of Cristiano, who together with Portugal has conquered the European Championship and the UEFA Nations League.
For Euro 2020, competition where Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer with 29 goals, the Portuguese team will try to revalidate a title that already won in 2016. For its part, the next World Cup will be in 2022 in Taste, where, both the Portuguese and the Argentine, expect to arrive to try to win their first world championship.
The other records of Cristiano and Messi
Although both players are not in the same League, the fight between the two will continue for a few more years. There are other records for which they fight, such as the top scorer in the Champions League -Cristiano has scored 126 and Messi 112-.
Another brand that is loose is that of the Golden Boot, because Cristiano has four in his showcases, while Messi has six, the last two conquered them consecutively. In the same way the Golden Ball, having the Portuguese five and the Argentine six.