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    Early Life

    Ronaldo was born in Funchal, Madeira, in Portugal, on February 5th 1985. He began playing football at age 8, when he joined amateur youth team Andorinha. In 1995, he signed with the local club Nacional, and was then signed by Sporting CP.
    Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 24th 1987. He started playing football at age 5, when he joined a local club coached by his father. He moved to Newell’s Old Boys in 1995, but at age 11, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. The sporting director of FC Barcelona, Carles Rexach, became aware of his talent and gave him a trial with the team, offering to pay his medical bills if he moved to Spain. He moved to Barcelona with his father and enrolled in the club’s youth academy.


    Ronaldo becgan his adult career with Sporting CP in 2002. He was signed byManchester United in 2003, after which he won the FA Cup. He is the captain of the national Portugal team and has played in the team since 2003. In 2009, he transferred to Real Madrid, his current team.
    Messi played in Barcelona’s junior teams between 2000 and 2003, before debuting for FC Barcelona C team on November 29th 2003. He began playing for the FC Barcelona B team on 6th March 2004. He began playing for the main Barcelona team in 2004, and has played there ever since. He has also played for the Argentinean team since 2005, and is currently their team captain.

    Playing Style

    Ronaldo is a fast striker who scores with his head and both feet.
    Messi has a lower center of gravity than most players, allowing him to change direction quickly and evade tackles. He uses short bursts of acceleration on the field and is predominantly a left-footed player. He plays a free attack and a playmaking role, and is known for his finishing, his pace, dribbling, vision and passing ability.

    Goals scored

    In his first team, Sporting CP, Ronaldo scored 3 goals. He scored 84 goals during his 6 years at Manchester United, and has scored 112 goals for Real Madrid. He has scored 35 goals for the national Portuguese team.
    Messi scored 5 goals with the Barcelona C team and 6 with the Barcelona B team, before joining the main Barcelona team, where he was made 214 appearances and scored 169 
    goals. In the Argentinean national team, he has appeared 70 times and scored 26 goals.


    Many goals Messi and Ronaldo have scored are the stuff of legend. Nevertheless they have had their fair share of misses. This is a compilation of some of them:


    Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or in 2008, the European Golden Shoe in 2008 and 2011, and was named FIFPro Player of the Year, World Soccer Player of the Year, Onze d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008. He was also named FWA Footballer of the Year in 2007 and 2008, and was awarded the FIFA Puskas Award in 2009.
    Messi received the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009, and the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He also won the 2010-2011 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award and was also names Onze d'Or 2009, 2011 and 2012. He was also the UEFA Champions League in Top Goalscorer in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and Pichichi 2010 and 2012.


    Ronaldo holds the record for the most goals scored in a season for Real Madrid, the first top European league player to reach 40 goals in a single season for two consecutive years, the fastest Real Madrid Player to reach 100 league goals, and the first player to ever score against every team in a single season in La Liga.
    Messi is the first player to score five goals in one UEFA Champions League match. He is the first player to top-score in four consecutive Champions Leagues. He set the world record for the most goals scored in a season in 2011-12, set the current goal scoring record in a single La Liga Season, with 50 goals, and holds the record for the most goals scored per minute in La Liga. He is the youngest Argentine to ever play in the FIFA World Cup and the first player to ever score against all 19 teams consecutively in La Liga.


    Ronaldo sparked controversy by comparing his contract with Manchester United to slavery.
    Messi was accused of racism by Royston Drenthe in 2012. Drenthe claims that Messi called him “negro” during play.

    Personal Life

    Ronaldo became a father on 3rd July 2010 and his son, Cristiano, is in his custody. Since the start of 2010, he has been dating the Russian model Irina Shayk. He visited Indonesia to raise money for reconstruction after the 2004 earthquake and tsunami, and he has also donated money to hospitals and to fund treatment for a young boy in Madeira. He
    Messi is dating Antonella Roccuzzo. She is expecting their first child in September 2012. Messi established the Leo Messi Foundation in 2007 to support access to education andhealth care for vulnerable children. He is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

    Notable Quotes

    By the players

    I don't consider myself as the best player in the world. I'm not obsessed with individual titles. I'm much more interested in being part of a team which wins trophies.” – Cristiano Ronaldo.
    Something deep in my character allows me to take the hits and get on with trying to win” – Lionel Messi.

    About the players

    "I have nothing but praise for the boy. He is easily the best player in the world. He is better than Kaka and better than Messi. He is streets ahead of them all. His contribution as a goal threat is unbelievable. His stats are incredible. Strikes at goal, attempts on goal, raids into the penalty box, headers. It is all there. Absolutely astounding." - Sir Alex Ferguson, July 2009.
    "Messi is my Maradona," - said Maradona himself, as the head coach of the Argentine national team.

    Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Lionel Messi

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    Full nameCristiano Ronaldo dos Santos AveiroLionel Andrés Messi
    Known asCR7Lionel "Leo" Messi
    Date of birth5 February 198524 June 1987
    Place of birthFunchal, Madeira, PortugalRosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
    Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
    Playing positionForwardForward
    Current clubReal Madrid C.F.F.C. Barcelona
    National teamPortugalArgentina
    LeagueLa LigaLa Liga
    Games appearances651478
    Goals Scored397364
    Career highWon the UEFA Champions League with Manchester United in 2008, and subsequently won the FIFA Ballon d'Or.Won the FIFA Ballon d'Or 4 times in a row.
    Career lowLosing to Greece in the final of Euro 2004 on home.Unable to perform to his best in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where Argentina were eliminated in the quarter-finals with Messi looking on from the bench.
    StrengthsRonaldo will take on any defender with searing pace, and mesmerising footwork to boot. His ability to beat a player and whip in crosses makes him a feared opponent. The way his free-kicks swerve with pace and power is a great asset to his team.His ball skills are second to none, his runs from midfield are usually lethal and he is almost impossible to tackle when he gets his head down. His balance when running at speed is incredible. Also his goal scoring ability is amazing.
    WeaknessesOn occasion, he goes to ground far too easily and sometimes tries a trick when a simple pass would do. Despite his scoring he sometimes messes up a goal scoring opportunity by doing fancy moves he is incapable of pulling off.Too often he searches for a way to finish moves by himself without looking for teammates in a better position to shoot at goal. His strength can be questioned at times when trying to finish close to the net and gets pushed off the ball too easily.
    TriviaCristiano's name Ronaldo came from his father's favourite actor, Ronald Reagan.His debut with the national team (against Hungary) was a disaster: he entered the game in the 18th minute of the second half, and 47 seconds later was sent of. Ironically he would move on to become one of the greatest football players of all time.
    Senior careerSporting CP, Manchester United, Real MadridBarcelona C, Barcelona B, Barcelona
    Club Appearences542395
    Club goals350327
    Club honours1221
    International appearences10983
    International goals4737
    International honours02
    Individual honours62101
    Wealth$160 million$110 million


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