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Who is the best soccer player in the world? Messi vs Ronaldo.

It's a commonly asked question, ''Who is the best soccer player in the world?" Another one is "Who is better? Messi or Ronaldo? Today I will be answering both of those.

Let's start with awards, from my research on michelacosta.com I found that Messi has won 19 more major awards then Ronaldo, but some of this can be unfair, because Messi won the Olimpia de Plata - Argentine Player of the Year 12 times, which Ronaldo would never have a chance at, because he is not an Argentine. Ronaldo won the Premier League Golden Boot, while Messi has never participated in the Premier League, so I have the analysis of the things they both could have won, Messi has 16 more. So statistically Messi is better in the category of awards.

The next category is pretty important. It is... You guessed it (well, maybe you did) Goals! If you know anything about soccer, you know that they both are pretty good, okay really good goal scorers, but who is better? Based on what I learned from the18.com Ronaldo has more goals, with 743 in 1035 matches, with an average of 0.72 goals a match. While Messi has less goals, but less games too, with 723 goals in 910 matches, that means an average of 0.79 per match. Which makes Messi better in that category.

The next leg is about who has advantages, I think that Messi has a better team, with better players then Juve or Real, so it's pretty easy to say that, if you agree with me in this catagory, (which you may not) then it is pretty easy to say that Ronaldo wins.

The last classification is the international stage, in which I quote theperspective.com "Ronaldo’s international career puts him on a higher level than Messi. In fact, Messi has never won an international trophy. He lost finals in both the Copa America (the South America championship) and the World Cup. Meanwhile, Ronaldo led his Portugal side to win the 2016 European Championship. Even if Messi ever leads Argentina to win the Copa America, Ronaldo’s international achievements will be considered greater. Unlike other sports, international trophies in soccer are the ultimate glory. His three World Cup trophies fixed Pele’s stature as the best player ever, and Diego Maradona winning it for Argentina puts him before Messi. Only a victory at the 2018 World Cup in Russia could change that." So Ronaldo wins that one too.

What are we at now? What a tie how could this be? I totaly didn't mean for this to happen. Wink, Wink.

So the best player in the world is..... None of the above, so who is you may ask, it is... Virgil Van Dijk. I tricked you all along! I am laughing at you and so is the best soccer player in the world, right below this!


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