In a game dominated by physicality, who is faster? Ronaldo or Messi? This debate is a tough one to answer, but there are a few key differences that separate the two. Although Messi is a more persistent player, Ronaldo is also quicker. In addition, Neymar has much more agility and speed. We will discuss those differences below. Until then, let’s take a look at what makes each player the best.
Ronaldo is a machine
Both players are exceptional in their own right, but Messi has a certain knack of scoring goals and Ronaldo is a goal machine. The difference lies in their approach to the game. Ronaldo is a more elusive goal scorer who plays higher up the field while Messi is more comfortable dropping deep and proving his mettle on the defensive end. Both are talented, but Messi is the more rounded player and has the advantage in the field.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a mesmerizing striker who scores goals with both his feet and head. He has a low center of gravity, which makes him very quick to change direction and evade tackles. Ronaldo plays a wide-ranging role on the field, combining free-attacking with playmaking, and dribbling to finish his moves. Ronaldo has scored over a hundred goals for Real Madrid and 35 for Portugal.
Cristiano Ronaldo has become one of the best players in history. He has set records for the most goals scored in a single La Liga season and has the record of scoring against every team in the competition. He is also the fastest player to reach 100 goals in a single season in a European league. And his latest news is that he’s set to be a part of Argentina’s World Cup squad in 2022.
Despite being a teammate, Messi is the star of the show. In the last two years, he has won the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award. He has been hailed as the best dribbler in history, and his passes and shots have the accuracy of a brain surgeon. Moreover, he is the driving force behind the team, making it possible to score goals without much effort.
Messi is a persistent player
Despite his incredible talents, many people question whether Messi is a persistent player. The Argentine has a deep affection for his national team, and his loyalties are well documented. Even his fellow countrymen have wondered if he is ready to give up his dreams of winning an international trophy. However, the Argentine defender is steadfast in his goal. Here are three reasons why he is a persistent player.
A persistent player makes every pass count, and Messi is no different. His passes are more likely to reach their target, advancing the ball toward the goal. Compared to other forwards, Messi completes more passes than any of them, with nearly three times as many being completed as those of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, and Francesco Totti. This consistency is reflected in his goal scoring rate.
Another thing to keep in mind is that Messi is not a natural goal-scorer. His ability to shoot is not the same as that of his fellow greats, and he isn’t as strong in the air as his predecessors. While he is an excellent passer, he does not go for many aerials, which is surprising given his size. However, if he is a persistent player, he could reach the top of the league very easily.
Ronaldo is faster
Cristiano Ronaldo is faster than Messi, but whose top speed is higher? This debate has been raging for years, and Messi has a slight edge. The Portuguese international did not appear in his first game for Portugal until his eleventh appearance. By contrast, Kylian Mbappe played all 120 minutes of his team’s game against England during Euro 2004. So who’s faster?
Cristiano Ronaldo is 0.9 mph (1.5 km) faster than Lionel Messi. Both players can reach their top speed within five yards, and are able to change course at an insane rate. Messi, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, is the faster player, but he’s still behind Neymar in overall speed. Ronaldo is 31 km/h faster than Neymar, but both players have impressive skills on the ball.
While Messi’s incredible speed is undeniable, Ronaldo has better balance and versatility. The Portuguese combines dizzying speed with a powerful shooting ability with excellent jumping ability. He is still playing at his peak in his mid-30s and is an excellent role model for the next generation of players. Unlike Messi, Ronaldo has no problem shooting with either foot, and his athleticism makes him the better finisher.
Both players are considered world-class, but Ronaldo has more versatility. While Neymar is a great player, his skills are not comparable to Ronaldo’s. He has five Ballon d’Or awards and is considered the best player of all time. Messi is faster, but Neymar is a better dribbler. He can also shoot and pass with the precision of a brain surgeon. Both players can make eye-popping moves, weave through a defense, and slip the ball past the goalkeeper.
Neymar is more agile
While both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are considered to be elite dribblers, there is a lot of debate surrounding the question of who is the more technical and agile. The two players have a lot of similarities and some differences, but they are also vastly different in terms of their abilities. While Messi scores more goals per 90 minutes, Ronaldo is faster and has more overall agility.
When it comes to individual statistics, the Portuguese striker has the upper hand. He averages a goal every 81 minutes compared to Neymar’s 62. While the latter is quicker and more athletic, Messi is able to create more chances for teammates. Neymar has been more productive than Ronaldo in terms of assists, and his ability to create opportunities for teammates makes him far more dangerous.
A comparison of both players is unavoidable; the former is better in all areas except for head-to-head scoring. Ronaldo is faster and more agile, but Neymar is more efficient at tackling, passing, and shooting. Both players are considered the world’s best and have received praise from other greats, but the Brazilian is considered to be the most technically superior. This is a valid comparison for the next year’s season.
In a recent study, GoodCall calculated the relative differences between Messi and Ronaldo’s decision-making abilities. GoodCall’s statistics measure player decision-making ability, and the two players have similar EPMs. As a result, Messi’s EPM was 238. He made good decisions 0.63% of the time. Ronaldo’s EPM is 118, but his decision-making rate was only 0.43%.
Ronaldo is more of an executor
When it comes to scoring goals, Ronaldo and Messi have different strengths and weaknesses. Ronaldo tends to play high up the field, but when given the chance scores wonderful goals. On the other hand, Messi is more comfortable holding the ball for his team, and has a higher success rate with his passes. Both players have great finishing ability, but Messi is also more versatile than his Brazilian counterpart.
Although both players are great ball handlers, their physical attributes and natural talent are far greater. Ronaldo is 6’1 and pure Portuguese muscle. His speed is staggering, and he has superb dribbling and shooting abilities. It’s hard to defend against the Portuguese star. In addition to his natural talent, he is more athletic and skilled than Messi. In addition, he has better technique and dribbling skills.
Neymar and Ronaldo have a long way to go to reach their full potential. Ronaldo has been the better player for Real Madrid, but Neymar has outshined both of them this season. Although Messi and Ronaldo are arguably more successful as creators and finishers, both have their limits. Neymar is still a phenomenal talent, but he needs to focus on his game and get over his arrogance.
Both Messi and Ronaldo are explosive. Both players have incredible physical attributes, but they lack Messi’s magic. Messi is able to dribble the ball with such precision that the ball is passed to the other player. Ronaldo is a good passer and scorer, but he does not have Messi’s explosiveness. So who’s better? But only time will tell.