10 Reasons Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo are Not the Greatest Football Players of All Time [GOAT]

Two names have dominated the world of soccer (world football) for the better part of the past decade: Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi.These two great rivals have set many football records, scored incredible goals, and pushed each others to greatness, despite the fact they are two very distinct football players who play two very different styles for two different clubs.Only the ability to compete is what binds them together.It is clear that the pair belong in the pantheon for football’s all-time greats.Despite the fact that any attempt to determine the greatest footballer ever made is subject to generational bias, it should not be forgotten that Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo do not collectively rank among the top football players of all-time.

Cristiano Ronaldo is not the greatest ‘Ronaldo’ to ever play the game. Despite his incredible achievements on and off the field, Cristiano Ronaldo still isn’t considered to be the best Ronaldo to ever have played the game.Ronaldo de Assisi, also known as Ronaldinho, and Ronaldo de Lima are two other ‘Ronaldos’ who’s legendary attacking prowess has often been compared with Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo de Lima, a more complete and explosive striker, would have been the ‘World’s Best Striker Ever’ had he not suffered from injuries during his footballing career. Ronaldinho, however, was an entertainer who at his peak was constantly entertaining the footballing world.Cristiano Ronaldo is more successful than the other ‘Ronaldos in terms of his constituency over time, incredible goal-scoring rates and overall fitness. However, Ronaldinho and Ronaldinho are superior for their skill, explosiveness and technical ability.

Lionel Messi may not be the greatest Argentine football player. It is a well-known truth that for a footballer, he must be the best in his country. Unfortunately, Lionel Messi can’t be both.Lionel Messi isn’t the greatest football player Argentina has ever produced.Diego Armando Maradona is the recipient of this honor.Maradona, widely regarded as one the greatest football players of all time, is a footballing legend who inspired Argentina to a World Cup victory and S.S.C.Napoli (in Italy’s Football League) won its first and second League titles [Scudetti] in its storied history.He is the goal scorer of the FIFA Goal of the Century and the Hand of God goal, the most controversial goal in the world.In Argentina, there is almost a cult surrounding the player.When a new star is born, Diego Maradona and Pele are the standard for the legendary South American nation.Messi is a star on the European stage and has won numerous awards. But his countrymen consider him the second-best football player in the world.

The World Cup has never been won by either player: While the UEFA Champions League’s latter rounds would be comparable to the FIFA World Cup in terms quality, with talent from all over the world concentrated in the hands a few select few, the World Cup retains significant symbolic value as a quadrennial competition that pits the best of each nation against the best.

It’s no secret that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have not won the FIFA World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo won the European Cup (The Euros), with Portugal, but has not been to the semifinals or finals of the World Cup. Lionel Messi was disappointing in the 2014 semi-finals and final with Argentina losing to Germany.

He was awarded the Golden Ball of The Tournament and was named as the World’s best player. Three times Copa America runner-up with Argentina, Lionel Messi is also. Most football players such as Zinedine Zidane, Pele, Diego Maradonna, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo de Lima etc.

Many football players are often regarded as the best in the world. They all played major roles in the World Cup tournament that they won.Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and others cannot claim the same.

They are not the best Football goal-scorers. While Lionel Messi (and Cristiano Ronaldo) are phenomenal goal scorers with an incredible goal per match ratio, they aren’t among the top five goal scorers in history.They have not scored more than 700 goals during their careers, so they can’t be among great players like Romario, Josef Bican and Ferenc Puskas (he has an FIFA goal-scoring award named in his honor), Gerd Müller.These legendary footballers scored more goals than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, who both ended their careers with goal totals well over 800.If goals are what make footballers great, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be considered the greatest footballers ever. They have better goal tallies than other players.

Both of the players were accused of being criminals. They have both been charged with tax fraud by Spanish authorities.A lengthy trial, which attracted so much attention due to his status of a highly gifted athlete, found Lionel Messi guilty of failing to pay his taxes to Spain. He was sentenced to two-years imprisonment. However, he has now agreed to pay a larger fine than a 21 month suspended sentence.His conviction, sentence, and suspended sentence were a blow to his reputation as a morally upright and honest athlete.The Spanish authorities are also investigating Cristiano Ronaldo for tax evasion. He might be tried or not, and could receive a heavy fine and a suspended sentence in prison.

Their total goal goals are over-inflated by too many penalties. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best goal scorers in their generation.While they score an astronomical number of goals during a football season, almost half of their total goals have been scored from the penalty spot.Penalties are the most straightforward way to score in football because they only require a penalty-taker to be taken and a goalkeeper to be beat.Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Cristiano Ronaldo are the designated penalty-takers for their clubs. They take all penalties awarded to them or their teammates, increasing their goal totals.Luis Suarez, a Liverpool FC player who was previously a teammate to Lionel Messi, won the English Premier League’s highest goal scorer award. He also shared the European Golden Shoe Award with Cristiano Ronaldo. He scored 32 goals in 33 open-play games and did not take a penalty.This is a record that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi do not have yet.

They are part of the most valuable football clubs in the world: Messi and Ronaldo both play for super-clubs located in Spain, where top teams score goals by the dozen.Unfortunately, the second millennium’s financial order created a modern super team. This creates a certain level of predictability in both continental and domestic leagues.Real Madrid CF’s Ronaldo is a Spanish football player who plays for FC Barcelona.Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona are both extremely wealthy football clubs. They can afford to purchase and stockpile top-quality football talent from around the globe. Ronaldo and Messi are constantly surrounded by top players who help them to dominate continental club football and raise their international profile.They have a slew world-class player pool that allows them to dominate both domestic (Spanish La Liga), and continental (UEFA Champions League).

Playing in the Modern Era is a great advantage. It’s almost impossible to compare players from different eras in a game that has evolved so much over time.Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo di Stefano were great footballers in an era where the game was played at a slower pace than it is today.They are still as great as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.Because of the changes in the rules and the quality of the footballs used, the game has seen a shift in how it is played.The modern game has made players stronger, fitter, and faster than ever before. However, players, especially defenders, are now technically weaker than ever.Modern players have an advantage due to the Champions League’s expansions in the nineties. Having a group stage gives them a margin for error that was not possible with the knockout format of pre-1995.Attackers have never had it easier – Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo would probably never have scored 40-60 goals per season in the 1980s, when the rules and footballs weren’t beneficial to attackers (strikers), while defenders/defenses were populated with top-class talent.

They are part of football’s rich historical past: We see the history of the game through the lens of our national experiences. Or at least, we did until the modern age, when we can now watch the Spanish league, Messi, and Ronaldo every weekend.It’s worth noting that most Europeans only watched their national teams play in the European Cup or UEFA Cup matches during the 1970s and 1980s.Here’s a suggestion: Next time Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo score an amazing goal, and someone suggests that the debate (on who is the greatest football player) be over, go to YouTube and spend ten seconds watching goals from Diego Maradona and Johan Cruyff, Ferenc Puskass, Ferenc Puskass, Roberto Baggio and Eusebio.There have been many geniuses in football, and Lionel Messi as well as Cristiano Ronaldo are part that rich football history.

Positional and generational biases in football: The search for the greatest football player is like the hunt for the Holy Grail.All footballers are product of their times.Because football is a slower sport than other sports, and because there are so many positions and so many roles within each position, it is difficult to have a meaningful conversation about the greatest football player.Because the primary objective of football is to score goals, goal-scorers like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo will always be at the top of any list of the game’s greatest players.