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Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo


Lionel Messi

Futbol Club Barcelona
Lionel Messi

Player's Info

Name: Lionel Messi
Nationality: Argentinian - Spanish
Date of birth: 24 June 1987 (30 years)
Height: 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position: Striker

Lionel Andrés Messi (born 24 June 1987, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina). Also known as "La Pulga", "Leo Messi" or simply "Messi" is an Argentine striker who plays with FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

He started playing football when he was 5 in a local club called Grandoli. At the age of 8, Messi switched to Newell's Old Boys progressing in his football and becoming called "The Machine of '87". When he was 11 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone efficiency that Newell's couldn't afford to pay and FC Barcelona decided to pay his treatment knowing his fantastic football skills. Finally Messi joined club's youth academy of Barcelona.

Messi's league debut with the first team of Barcelona took place on 16 October 2004 against RCD Espanyol. Since then he has achieved individual and collective trophies and awards such as 7 La Liga, 3 Copa del Rey, 6 Spanish Supercup, 4 Champions League, 3 UEFA Supercup and 2 Club World Cup with Barcelona. With Argentina he won an Olympic Gold Medal and a U-20 World Cup. Individually speaking the most significant award is 5 Ballon d'Or from 2009-2015.

Some experts say Messi is the best player in history. Others say is Maradona. In any case, currently Messi along with Cristiano Ronaldo are considered the best players in current football. The Argentine is acknowledged as a fast player with the ball attached to his feet. His best skill is running with the ball leaving players behind.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid Club de Futbol
Cristiano Ronaldo

Player's Info

Name: Cristiano Ronaldo
Nationality: Portuguese
Date of birth: 5 February 1985 (32 years)
Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position: Striker

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 5 February 1985, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal). Generally known as Cristiano Ronaldo or CR7, he is a Portuguese footballer who plays in the forward of Real Madrid and the Portuguese national team.

Cristiano started his footballing career at Andorinha, a Portuguese club. After two years he moved to C.D. Nacional where he played for three years. In 1997, he signed for a big club: Sporting Club de Portugal. During the six seasons in Lisbon, Ronaldo caught the attention of the biggest clubs in Europe but it was finally Sir Alex Ferguson who signed him for 12.24 million (15 million) in 2003. His stay at Manchester was the most productive period in Ronaldo's career individually and collectively speaking as he won 1 Champions League and 1 Ballon d'Or among other honours. Then, in 2009, CR7 signed for Real Madrid and became the most expensive player in history as Real Madrid paid 80 million (93.9 million) to Manchester United.

At the moment he is the best player in the world along with Leo Messi. His best skills are head butting as he is one of the players in footbal history who jumps the highest. Not only he is an expert scoring free kicks by means of the "folha seca": tough shot with a devilish effect, but also he is fast and has fisical strength.

Regarding the Portuguese national team, Ronaldo participated in 3 Euros: 2004 (Portugal), 2008 (Austria and Switzerland) and 2012 (Poland and Ukraine); and 3 World Cups: 2006 (Germany), 2010 (Southafrica) and 2014 (Brazil).

Current Team

Team: FC Barcelona
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Release Clause: €250 Million
Salary: €21.2 Million
Expire contract: 2018

2015-16 Spain FC Barcelona
2014-15 Spain FC Barcelona
2013-14 Spain FC Barcelona
2012-13 Spain FC Barcelona
2011-12 Spain FC Barcelona
2010-11 Spain FC Barcelona
2009-10 Spain FC Barcelona
2008-09 Spain FC Barcelona
2007-08 Spain FC Barcelona
2006-07 Spain FC Barcelona
2005-06 Spain FC Barcelona
2004-05 Spain FC Barcelona B
2004-05 Spain FC Barcelona
National Team
2015-16 Argentina Argentina
2014-15 Argentina Argentina
2013-14 Argentina Argentina
2010-11 Argentina Argentina
2009-10 Argentina Argentina
2006-07 Argentina Argentina
2005-06 Argentina Argentina
Current Team

Team: Real Madrid FC
Location: Madrid, Spain
Release Clause: €1000 Million
Salary: €17 Million
Expire contract: 2017

2015-16 Spain Real Madrid FC
2014-15 Spain Real Madrid FC
2013-14 Spain Real Madrid FC
2012-13 Spain Real Madrid FC
2011-12 Spain Real Madrid FC
2010-11 Spain Real Madrid FC
2009-10 Spain Real Madrid FC
2008-09 England Manchester United FC
2007-08 England Manchester United FC
2006-07 England Manchester United FC
2005-06 England Manchester United FC
2004-05 England Manchester United FC
2003-04 England Manchester United FC
2002-03 Portugal Sporting CP
National Team
2015-16 Portugal Portugal
2014-15 Portugal Portugal
2013-14 Portugal Portugal
2011-12 Portugal Portugal
2009-10 Portugal Portugal
2007-08 Portugal Portugal
2005-06 Portugal Portugal
2003-04 Portugal Portugal
Team honours

3 Copa del Rey: 2014-15, 2011-12, 2008-09
4 UEFA Champions League (European Cup): 2014-15, 2010-11, 2008-09, 2005-06
7 La Liga: 2014-15, 2012-13, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09, 2005-06, 2004-05
6 Supercopa de España: 2013-14, 2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2006-07, 2005-06
2 FIFA Club World Cup: 2011-12, 2009-10
2 UEFA Supercup (European Super Cup): 2011-12, 2009-10
National Team honours

Lionel Messi has not won any trophy.
Team honours

1 UEFA Supercup (European Super Cup): 2014-15
2 FIFA Club World Cup: 2014-15, 2008-09
2 Copa del Rey: 2013-14, 2010-11
2 UEFA Champions League (European Cup): 2013-14, 2007-08
1 La Liga: 2011-12
1 Supercopa de España: 2011-12
3 FA Premier League: 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07
3 FA Community Shield: 2008-09, 2007-08, 2003-04
2 Capital One League Cup: 2008-09, 2005-06
1 FA Cup: 2003-04
National Team honours

Cristiano Ronaldo has not won any trophy.