Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo - who is best?

Watch videos and see stats with the two world cup players from Argentina and Portugal

Lionel Messi vs Cristiano RonaldoLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are probably the two best soccer players to participate in the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. And recently Messi was announced World Player of the Year by FIFA.

But who is the better?

Both playing in the spanish league La Liga, the Messi of Argentina and Ronaldo of Portugal compete on their respective teams (F.C. Barcelona and Real Madrid) on being the top scorer in the league.

The similarities are plenty for the two top players. Believe it or not, as of October 2009 Both Lionel and Cristiano scored eleven goals this season in La Liga.

Both of them have incredible quick feet in the game, they have a fast pace, they seem to love running at defenders, committing defenders or to run from deep positions in the field. So the y are equal if you compare their technique, playing skills and look at them from a dribling point of view. Lionel Messi has a lower centre of gravity than Cristiano Ronaldo though, and he may be better in the tighter areas.

Ronaldo has scored the most goals though and seems to have become stronger in the last years. He has participated once in the World Cup 2006 playing for the national team of Portugal.

Messi has had some bad luck with injuries in the last two years, but that looks to be a past chapter. He will be playing his first World Cup this summer in South Africa on the national team of Argentina. And then he has recently been named World Player of The Year by FIFA

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Comparing Messi and Ronaldo on hard statistics

The numbers rarely lies, and these updated statistics for the two players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, helps you determine which the better soccer player in the World Cup 2010.

Comparing Messi and Ronaldo
  Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo
Height 169 cm (5 ft 7 in) 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Age 22 (24th June 1987) 24 (5th February 1985)
Appearances on National team 41 (ARG) 68 (POR)
Goals for National team 13 (ARG) 22 (POR)
Appearances in club, total 178 332
Goals in club, total 91 134
Goals in club, 2009-2010 11 11
Goals in club, 2008-2009 38 26
Goals in club, 2007-2008 16 42
Goals pr. appearance 0.51 0.40

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Videos comparing Ronaldo vs Messi

If gameplay, skills and technique are your favorite measures to select the better player of the two, then have a look at the collection of videos below.

The first video is a compilation of matches in La Liga in 2007/2008

The next one is also a compilation from around 2008, showing shots of Messi and Ronaldo in La Liga in all their glory

This video is a compilation of just Messi playing his best soccer.

And the final video is Ronaldo showing of his skills by himself.


The coming World Cup 2010 in South Africa will most likely be an exciting stage for the two rivals to play their best and let us decide, which will be the best soccer player of 2010: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

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