It’s a well trodden debate which seemed to conclude when Barcelona won the Champions League and League double in 2011, headed by Lionel Messi who won Fifa World Player of the Year and the Ballon D’or for the third year in succession.
However this year has seen a shift in the balance of power towards that of Cristiano Ronaldo, often heralded in the pre-Messi era as the greatest individual player on the planet but one with selfish tendencies and overly stylised hair (just how does he do that? How?) but under Mourinho’s stewardship at Madrid has become a team player, contributor and icon perhaps best epitomised by his performance in last year’s second El Clasico where he scored the winner and overshadowed Messi in an inspirational performance.
Yes, some football high-and-mighties may say that a midfielder is a better position on the pitch, or a defender, but the truth is no players on earth rival Ronaldo or Messi when it comes to raw technical ability, showmanship and pant-wetting spectacle and that’s why they are the figureheads of this footballing debate.
Who is the best? We’re just about to find out.
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