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Messi or Ronaldo? The never-ending rivalry [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2018-6-25 14:08:48 |Display all floors
This post was edited by CeciliaQ at 2018-6-25 14:09

The endless debate between Real Madrid’s Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Messi rumbles on as both players try to etch their name into World Cup history. A rivalry that has haunted the strikers – arguably the best duo to come out of the 21st century – throughout their respective club careers and continues to follow them in Russia. But as we progress into the second round of fixtures, there’s no denying one is coming out on top.

The image of Messi furrowing his brow and rubbing his forehead intently during the national anthem before Argentina’s game against Croatia on Thursday may prove to be the defining one for a player who buckled under World Cup pressure.

And pressure there is with Messi carrying the hopes of 44 million people desperate for Argentina to relive the glories of 1978 and 1986. Unlike Portugal, who were not a football powerhouse before Ronaldo and won’t be after, Argentina have a rich history in the World Cup with two titles and two further appearances in the final under their belt. Few teams have made such an impact on the competition as the Albiceleste.

After losing three consecutive finals in international tournaments, Argentina expect a lot of their star man as they look for Messi to emulate the performances of what was arguably all-time great Diego Maradona, who played in four World Cups.

But the 3-0 defeat by Croatia means Argentina's fate in Group D is now out of their hands; they need results to go their way to stay in the competition. In a game that they were struggling to make a mark on, Argentina needed just one moment of inspiration and had the player capable of providing it.
However, Messi, who carried his nation to qualification for Russia almost single-handedly, has not shown the ability to do the same when it mattered most and after he saw his second-half penalty saved against Croatia, Argentina’s fate was sealed. At the final whistle, he could not get off the pitch quickly enough – appearing weighed down - his spirit crushed with the burden of expectation when playing for his nation.

It was much of the same story against Iceland, which saw Messi miss a penalty and the chance to give Argentina the edge, ultimately leading to a humiliating 1-1 draw against a side much their inferior. The Argentine skipper has a reputation for missing penalties. He now missed four of the last eight penalties for Club and country – the most notable during the defeat by Chile in the Copa America final in 2016 during a penalty shootout. After which he withdrew from international football only to be dragged back to the team after pleas during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

There is no denying Messi is one of the greatest footballers there has been or ever will be, but portrayed as a humble and at times reclusive character – does he have the force of personality to handle the pressure of an entire nation on his shoulder. His confidence does not seem quite as secure as his Portuguese equivalent.

In comparison rival Ronaldo has thrived under the weight of expectation to lift a team of mortals to greater heights and score four goals in two matches for Portugal, including a thrilling hat-trick against Spain. Perhaps he has more of a personality that suits - and even at times enjoys - this type of challenge. Even when Ronaldo’s form eludes him, as it certainly did at the previous two World Cups, his belief in his brilliance never waivers nor does his obsessive fixation on gaining a permanent place in football’s history.

Messi’s club form, in contrast, has never been under scrutiny, excelling for Barcelona in three different positions: outside-right, false nine withdrawn center-forwards and this season as No. 10 playmaker. His career-long allegiance to Barcelona has meant lifting every trophy available with his club, winning La Liga nine times and the Champions League on four occasions. While Ronaldo at Manchester United and then Real Madrid won five league titles (three in the English Premier League and two in La Liga) plus five Champions League titles.

It is a fight that has been played out since 2008 when Ronaldo won his first Ballon d’Or award, given to the world’s best player. In the years since he and Messi have lifted it five times each, and no one else has got close to standing in the way.

The battle on the pitch is matched by battles for followers on social media with the biggest stars have hundreds of millions potential customers that brands with little connection to football want to reach. Chinese dairy company Mengniu is one of a number hiring Messi to appear in World Cup adverts.

The superstar has currently six sponsorships with annual endorsement earnings up to 32.7 million US dollars that also includes Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies. While Ronaldo annual endorsement earnings from 12 companies amount to over 36 million US dollars. The 33-year-old star has a three-year endorsement deal with Chinese emerging luxury SUV brand Wey.

Despite a trophy cabinet of silverware and multi-million US dollar sponsor deals, neither Messi nor Ronaldo have ever won a World Cup, and as both players edge towards the wrong side of 30, it could be one of their last chances. Although Argentina hasn't been performing to the standard football history dictates, it’s not too late for Messi at Russia and if the striker can replicate his club form on an international setting – there won’t be anyone stopping him – not even Ronaldo.

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Post time 2018-6-25 15:55:34 |Display all floors
It is nonsense and bullshiiiit.

But football is about teamwork, the trophies you got means nothing, because it is not you alone to win it. You score because you do the job, if you are a goal keeper, then let us see how many scores you can get?

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Post time 2018-6-25 15:59:50 |Display all floors
The champion of 2018 FIFA World Cup will be neither Argentina nor Portugal.

Fans can check back here to see my judgment after the end of the championship.

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Post time 2018-6-25 17:08:45 |Display all floors
Neither team is a serious candidate for the WC title. Messi is the more complete player. Cavani of Uruguary is the best all-around player in the world.

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Post time 2018-6-25 18:35:09 |Display all floors
I don't watch soccer but I really hate that Messi guy for some reason. Ronaldo doesn't bother me.

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Post time 2018-6-25 18:51:10 |Display all floors
I think the reason I hate Messi so much is this nonsense narrative about how he is so humble and such a nice guy but Ronaldo is a jerk with a big ego. I don't believe it an a lot of other people don't either. Everyone does not love Messi. Many of us hate him and we want to see him fail. Or hear about it.

Lionel Messi is a prima donna just like Cristiano Ronaldo... the Barcelona star just hides it better

If only he could be more like Lionel Messi. The pair go head to head for the Ballon d’Or again tonight, along with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. It is another chance to compare and contrast.

Messi, the good fellow, the humble hero. Shy, modest, the ultimate team player. Ronaldo, the villain, the strutting peacock, all glowers and sneers at every misplaced pass. We love this image of Messi, wearing his genius lightly. ‘When I retire, I want to be remembered for being a decent guy,’ he says.


He knows what he is. He can see the replays, like the rest of us. It would be unnatural if he was happy to blend into the background, to allow his career and talent to drift on the whims of others. That was certainly not the experience of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for instance. He blamed his Nou Camp exit on Messi’s influence.

‘It started well but then Messi started to talk,’ he said. ‘He wanted to play in the middle, not on the wing, so the system changed from 4-3-3 to 4-5-1. I was sacrificed and no longer had the freedom on the pitch I need to succeed.’

We can dismiss this as just another clash of egos — except Messi is supposed to be without one. We are suckers for the narrative that paints Ronaldo and Messi as opposites but they have more in common as players and men than we will ever know. What is the current crisis at Barcelona other than Messi spreading his arms wide in frustration and shouting puta to the sky?

From Barcelona at their peak under Pep Guardiola, to Argentina at the World Cup in Brazil, the bottom line has been the same: keep Messi happy. FIFA even gave him the Golden Ball award for the player of the tournament in Brazil, when members of the German team — not least the mighty Neuer — were plainly more influential.

The fact he shares a sponsor, adidas, with FIFA no doubt helped; but it was further indication of his special status. Messi is as pampered as any footballer has ever been; he just has a very nice way of appearing unaffected by it.

- Daily Mail

Messi's image is a creation of the media and he is a fake.

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Post time 2018-6-25 20:17:14 |Display all floors
Neither are the greatest of all time..
years ago george best played on 90% dirt pitches but produced simular football. And he was drunk most of the time..
george was the greatest
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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