Unlike Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) -a long-standing senior player from Brazil- and Maradona, Messi has won an Olympic gold medal after Argentina defeated six countries in the men's Olympian football championship in the Games of 29th Olympiad in mainland China, becoming the first world-class soccer player to win a trophy in the Modern Olympics since the early 1950s when Ferenc Puskas took the Hungarian team to its first Olympian title in the Finland Summer Games. 435 Responding to the claims that he and Messi do not get on well on a personal level, Ronaldo commented, "We don't have a relationship outside the world of football, just as we don't with a lot of other players", before adding that in years to come he hopes they can laugh about it together, stating; "We have to look on this rivalry with a positive spirit, because it's a good thing." 427 Representing archrivals Barcelona and Real Madrid, the two players faced each other at least twice every season in the world's biggest club game, El Clásico , which is among the world's most viewed annual sporting events. Due to football's developmental stagnation relative to other sport and because there are so many different positions, and so many roles within those positions, it is hard to have a worthwhile conversation about who the best football player of all time is. Since the main objective of the game is to score a goal, the best goal scorers such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will always be near the top of any list about the game's best players.
So if scoring goals are what makes footballers great, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, having better players boasting better goal tallies ahead of them, cannot be the greatest footballers of all time. Because of Messi's general disinterest in all business matters, as well as his demanding schedule with Barcelona and Argentina (through May 14, Messi had scored 34 goals in 35 La Liga games this season), his advisers generally try to schedule no more than one morning a month with time dedicated to promotion or media. He became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League match in early March, and a few weeks later he surpassed Cesar Rodriguez's club-record 232 goals to become Barcelona's all-time leading scorer.
László Kubala holds the La Liga record for most goals scored in one match, with seven goals against Sporting de Gijón in 1952 194 Lionel Messi holds the Champions League record with five goals against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012 a 195 Eulogio Martínez became Barça's top goalscorer in a cup game, when he scored seven goals against Atlético Madrid in 1957. 9 10 Barcelona players have won a record number of Ballon d'Or awards (11), with recipients including Johan Cruyff , as well as a record number of FIFA World Player of the Year awards (7), with winners including Ronaldo , Romário , Ronaldinho and Rivaldo In 2010, three players who came through the club's youth academy ( Lionel Messi , Andrés Iniesta and Xavi ) were chosen as the three best players in the world in the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards, an unprecedented feat for players from the same football school. Also, in the current season Ronaldo has made a great start by scoring 12 non-penalty goals to Messi's 7. A plausible explanation for this is not that Ronaldo is now a better player but it is attributed to the changing roles of both players at their respective clubs
The footballing world watched on in utter amazement and delight yesterday as Messi's Barcelona put 7 goals past a hapless Bayer Leverkusen side in a UEFA Champions League game at the Nou Camp. Whether you call it soccer, football, fútbol, or the beautiful game,” it is the most popular sport in the world, and Argentine footballer Lionel Messi stands as one of its finest players—not only of his time, but of all time. Lionel Messi has a new challenge: Carry Spanish league with Ronaldo gone Lionel Messi's Barcelona among the teams preparing for the start of the season in the U.S. with the International Champions Cup.
110 He scored in each of his first four league fixtures with the club, the first Madrid player to do so. 111 His first Champions League goals for the club followed with two free kicks in the first group match against Zürich 112 His strong start to the season, however, was interrupted when he suffered an ankle injury in October while on international duty, which kept him sidelined for seven weeks. Argentina native Lionel Messi has established records for goals scored and won individual awards en route to worldwide recognition as one of the best players in soccer. He has helped lead the team to eight La Liga titles, four Champions League crowns, five Copa del Rey titles, seven Spanish Super Cups, three European Super Cups and three Club World Cups, winning FIFA's Ballon d'Or award a record five times after scoring a La Liga-record 523 goals in 602 games.
In 47 UEFA matches since 2010, Barcelona has scored 104 goals, or 1.08 goals per game more than a Spanish team comprised of a similar offensive core and using the same tiki-taka” playing style, minus Lionel Messi. Despite having 407 career goals in club and international play (including a record 91 in 2012 alone) and a record four Ballon d'Or (World Player of the Year) awards, until this year's tournament, Messi hadn't scored in a World Cup match since 2006. Lionel Messi was chosen as the player of the tournament at under-20 World Cup on the year; played his first game for the Argentine national team; and made his first goal with the professional team FC Barcelona.
On 11 August, Barcelona started the 2015-16 season winning a joint record fifth European Super Cup by beating Sevilla 5-4 in the 2015 UEFA Super Cup They ended the year with a 3-0 win over Argentine club River Plate in the 2015 Club World Cup final on 20 December to win the trophy for a record third time, with Suárez, Messi and Iniesta the top three players of the tournament. But Messi mouth, Reporters never hear "I am the world's first" kind of remarks, recently accepted an interview with Fox Sports, the Argentine said: "Barcelona is the most handsome of the Peak." 2 vs respect for slander "Cried the Roman players seeking to play them we have a few less", "Arsenal to win is as simple as kicking a child", these are 07/08 in Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo for the Champions League trip to fall by the wayside derogatory language, even in the Barcelona semi-final 180 minutes of no play, the Portuguese also verbally Barcelona right worthless. At club level, Messi and Ronaldo represented rivals FC Barcelona and Real Madrid C.F. , the two players facing each other at least twice every season in the world's most popular regular-season club game, El Clásico (among the most viewed annual sporting events), until Ronaldo's transfer to Italian club Juventus F.C. in 2018.
In conclusion it is evident that both Lionel Messi and Cristano Ronaldo are head and shoulders above any other current players in World football and there are no signs of this changing any time soon. He's led FC Barcelona to 32 trophies, won an Olympic gold medal with Team Argentina and holds the Guinness World Record for most goals scored in a season but there's still one major milestone the world's greatest soccer star has not yet achieved: a World Cup victory. In April 2010, one of the most interesting statistics came from Messi when he became Barcelona's first footballer to score four goals in the Champions League-all against Arsenal F.C. Likewise, he made a name for himself in soccer world as he was Barcelona's top scorer in the Champions League ( twenty-five goals).
In an almost move for move reproduction of Maradona's "goal of the century" against England in the 1986 World Cup semi-final - English fans will never forgive Maradona scoring off a handball in the same match, dubbed by Maradona himself as "the hand of God" - Leo Messi received the ball from Xavi, beat a total of five Getafe players and then knocked the ball past the goalkeeper into the net, running a distance of 63 metres in doing so.