The combination of technical and physical skills make Cristiano Ronaldo better than Messi. His teammates were not up to par, and his passing skills weren’t up to the mark. These are all valid concerns, but a more balanced team should be the goal. Let’s look at a few scenarios to answer this question. We’ll start with the two Argentine giants.nCristiano Ronaldo’s combination of physical and technical abilities makes him betternIf you’re looking for a player who can score goals, look no further than Cristiano Ronaldo. This incredible physical specimen has evolved from a tricky winger to the ultimate poaching target man over the years. Despite this, Ronaldo’s game is not without its faults, with many crucial goals being scored by him. In terms of free-kicks, Ronaldo has the best of all time, but he has a tendency to sulk. Cristiano Ronaldo is the ultimate goal-scorer, with his combination of technical skills and physical abilities. But despite his impressive goalscoring record, Ronaldo is a very limited player in recent years.nMessi doesn’t have the same physical prowess as his rival, and the lack of size could have cost him the opportunity to make a deep impact. However, his pace is incredible, and he can beat defenders in a race to the ball. This makes him a dangerous counter-attacker.nAlthough Messi and Ronaldo have better technical skills, they are not the best at physical attributes. The best players can go out and flame out in the first round. They can be the hope of a nation and leave behind a storied legacy. Soccer football editors at SB Nation have created a shortlist of players who have the potential to win the World Cup.nDespite his age, Cristiano has been breaking records since his youth, and even at 36 he is still scoring 0.89 goals per game. As a result, he’s developed an elite mentality. He also adheres to an extensive diet, and focuses on high-impact football training. This ensures he’s always at peak physical condition, and isn’t prone to injuries.nMessi’s teammates weren’t as good as Messi’snThe argument for why Messi’s teammates weren’t as effective at the World Cup is not unfounded. The former Barcelona winger is a top-level player who has a limited repertoire compared to the greats. For example, Messi has been a professional athlete since his early adolescence. He is also one goal away from tying Pele’s world record. And while Argentina has a strong domestic development pipeline, the quality of its soccer players is far from perfect.nThe teammate comparison, however, is too shallow. While the players in the other teams weren’t nearly as good as Messi, it is important to remember that Messi is the protagonist. The others were secondary to him. And while they were good at their jobs, they weren’t as good as him. This is especially true for the Argentine national team, which was a dismal second-place finish.nAnother argument for why Messi’s teammates weren’t as effective as Messi’s at the World Cup is the fact that Argentina’s team was not built around a superstar. While Argentines had many talented players, they failed to reach the knockout stage of the tournament. That was because their coaches failed to assert their authority and egos and the team wasn’t built around superstar players.nThe other argument for why Messi’s teammates weren’t as effective as his own team was the lack of good players. Barcelona’s new coach, Frank Rijkaard, struggled to convince Messi to train the team. He had to convince him to give Messi a day off to train because the new coach couldn’t convince him to.nRonaldo’s teammates weren’t as good as Messi’snThe Ronaldo vs Messi debate has now reached the biggest international competition. Argentina’s dismal performance in Russia has led to some blaming Messi for his own failure to live up to expectations, while Ronaldo is receiving a fair bit of criticism for the same reasons. After all, the Portuguese superstar stormed through the Spanish defence for a hat-trick in Portugal’s opening game.nRonaldo has a bigger physical advantage. Compared to Messi, he is 6’1 of pure Portuguese muscle. He’s very hard to push off the ball and possesses dizzying pace. His powerful shooting ability from both sides of the field is arguably more dangerous than Messi’s. But Messi’s teammates couldn’t measure up.nAs for the rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo, the former has been the best at his position for years, while the latter has been the face of rivals Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for the last decade. Their escalating rivalry has resulted in Ramos twice being sent off for fouls on Messi, and they’ve fought it out in some amazing El Clasico battles over the years.nWhile Messi’s teammates weren’t as good as those of Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal’s work ethic and conservative tactical set-up makes them one of the better teams to watch at the World Cup. The Portuguese showed tremendous spirit during the tournament, and they might even drag the team over the finish line if Ronaldo’s injury prevented them from scoring their goal in the final.nMessi’s passing skills aren’t up to the marknYou may think that Messi’s passing skills aren’d be good enough to help him win a World Cup. But in fact, Messi is a better passer than most other forwards and his passing is incredibly effective. In fact, Messi’s passes are among the best in the world in terms of percentage of successful passes and goals scored per pass. And, in fact, Messi has the best combination of goals scored versus assists in the game.nAfter a long ball to Italy in midfield, Argentina regain possession. But, the Italians’ high line is causing problems for Argentina. This causes Argentina to have to slog their way back and make things difficult for themselves. After a brief delay, Argentina get the ball back and play it around in their own half. Italy’s keeper, Donaruma, makes the save despite the lack of time to clear the ball.nThe most telling sign that Messi’s passing skills aren’ t up to the mark is his preference for shooting with his left foot. Messi scores 23 percent of his goals with his left foot. His right foot makes up the rest of the time. If his passing skills aren’t up to par, he will struggle to win a World Cup.nAfter Argentina’s 2-0 lead, Italy continues to try to equalize. Messi is on the point of scoring a goal with a header from a corner. After all, his incredible statistics have helped him become one of the most prolific scorers in the history of soccer. With 750 goals for his club and his country, Messi is a one-man wonder.nRonaldo’s teammates aren’t as good as Messi’snLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of the best players in the world, but they’ve never won the FIFA World Cup. Until last year, the two had never met, but they both came close. Now the 2018 World Cup begins in Russia, and Messi and Ronaldo will face off in the final. What could possibly go wrong?nEven in modern soccer, top players have inconsistent careers. Ronaldinho looked like he’d be cementing his world-beating status in the mid-2000s, but his career was doomed by a lack of work ethic and a flamboyant lifestyle. Nowadays, conversations about Messi and Ronaldo’s careers are almost as much about the players’ lack of teamwork and discipline as they are about their individual brilliance.nNeither player’s teammates can compare to their star players. Messi has more goals and assists, but his teammates aren’t nearly as good as Messi’s. And Ronaldo’s teammates aren’t as good as Messi’s at a World Cup? Those are two very different questions. It’s hard to say, but both men are among the best players ever. So let’s discuss each of their teams.nAs for the lackluster teamwork, Messi’s teammates won’t be up to par with Ronaldo’s. However, there’s a good reason for this. Despite Ronaldo’s age and the fact that he’s a few years younger than Messi, his teammates aren’t as good as Messi’s.nHow many goals has Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the World Cup? If we add up the goals he has scored in all five World Cups, we can see that he is currently the all-time leading scorer in World Cup history. Cristiano is the oldest player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup, and has scored at all four of his previous tournaments.nCristiano Ronaldo has scored 15 goals in five World CupsnIn his five World Cups, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 15 goals and set a World Cup record. His goal in the 2010 World Cup capped a disappointing tournament for the Portuguese. Ronaldo had scored just one goal in four games and faced a barrage of criticism. That tournament was his lowest point in international football. Now, however, Ronaldo has more than doubled his goal tally.nHe is a legend. The Portuguese captain and former Real Madrid forward is expected to score at least one goal in the first game. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in history. With 115 goals, he is the all-time leader for men’s international football. In fact, he only trailed Egyptian legend Mohamed Salah on the list of top scorers. In this World Cup, he will be bidding to break his own record and win his fifth World Cup.nAs of 2018, Ronaldo has played at five World Cups and will match Lionel Messi’s record of 15 in six. However, he is far from catching up to the all-time World Cup goal scorers. Only Lothar Matthaus, Antonio Carbajal, Rafael Marquez, and Andriy Shevchenko have played at more World Cups than Ronaldo.nAt the 2014 World Cup, Ronaldo is the highest-scoring player in the tournament, with 14 goals. He also won the 2006 World Cup, with three goals. And in the final, he scored the winning goal to seal victory. Despite his age, Ronaldo is still a young man. He has been the captain of Portugal since 2007 and has not shown signs of slowing down.nHe is the oldest player to score a hat-trick in a World CupnCristiano Ronaldo is now the oldest player to score a hat trick in a World Cup. The Portuguese forward’s hat-trick came against Spain in the 2018 World Cup. Ronaldo is 33 years old and is now the oldest player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup. His three goals came in the first half and the second half. Ronaldo has now scored 50 hat-tricks at club level, and has 10 for the national team.nThe Portuguese forward is also the second-oldest player to score a hat-troop in a World Cup. Lionel Messi is the oldest player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup. The most goals scored by a single player in a World Cup have been scored by Pele and Ronaldo.nThe previous record was set by Raul, who scored a hat-trick against Uruguay in the 1990 World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo is the oldest player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup. With the hat-trick, Cristiano Ronaldo is tied with Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Di Stefano, who scored nine goals for Italy in 1966.nAnother world record for a hat-trick in t-shirts is held by Pele, who scored 92 hat-tricks during his career. Pele is still the all-time leader in hat-tricks, but he was only 20 when he scored a hat-trick. He also holds the record for the most international hat-tricks in a World Cup.nIn another World Cup record, Cristiane is the oldest player to score a treble. He opened the scoring for Brazil in the 15th minute and doubled it five minutes into the second half. He then rounded off his record with a pinpoint free-kick. If you want to break this record, Cristiane Ronaldo is the man to watch.nIn the 2018 World Cup, Ronaldo did not score a hat-trick, but he was second to Croatian Luka Modric. Ronaldo has been representing Portugal since 2003, and made his debut in a friendly against Kazakhstan. He will be 37 years old in 2022, and Portugal is placed in a tough group with the World Cup on the horizon.nHe has scored seven goals in the FIFA Club World CupnCristiano Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer of the Champions League, scoring seven goals in eight games in four editions. However, he is not alone in that record. Other players with similar totals, such as Gareth Bale, have also made an impact in the competition. While Luis Suarez has played only two games, he has already scored five goals.nThe Portuguese legend has won the club world cup three times in a row and will have a great chance to repeat the feat in 2018. He has scored four goals in the competition and two goals in the final, equalling the record set by Brazilian legend Pele. But the most impressive stat of all is the fact that he has played in four different FIFA Club World Cups, making him the most prolific goal-scorer at the competition.nDespite only scoring one goal at the FIFA Club World Cup final, Cristiano Ronaldo is still the most prolific player in the competition. He scored seven goals for Santos in the 1963 and 1962 Intercontinental Cups. During the 2017 tournament, he was with Real Madrid and scored four goals. However, he failed to score in the tournament in 2014.nAfter scoring his seventh goal, Ronaldo ran back to the Madrid dugout and was welcomed by teammates. This tournament is now the most prestigious club tournament in the world. Madrid and Barcelona each have three titles. Until now, European clubs have dominated the competition. Brazil’s club sides, however, have broken this trend. The World Cup’s elite football competition is held every two years.nIn the final, Ronaldo scored one of his most important goals of the tournament. After a 2-0 lead against Gremio, the Portuguese superstar stepped up and converted a 25-yard free kick to give his team the lead. The Brazilian international tricked Jailson into giving away the free kick and hit the ball through the Gremio wall. The winning goal was a deserved one for the world champions of soccer.nHe has scored at all four of his previous World CupsnThe Portuguese international has scored at all four of his previous World Championships. In 2006, he made his debut and scored in Germany, where Portugal finished second to Spain. In 2010, he struggled with injury and was only able to score one goal in four games, a record that stood until this year. He missed out on his second chance to play in the final and was benched for the final two games, losing to Germany and France. After that, Portugal’s qualifying campaign ended in a 2-0 win over Iran, which gave Ronaldo his first goal for a World Cup since 2006.nAlthough Portugal did not win the World Cup in Russia, Ronaldo managed to score three times in 13 games. In his career, he has broken record after record, both at international and club level. In total, he has scored 79 goals for Portugal, and he has dominated the game for his country. As of today, he is still only thirty-three years old, but that might be his last chance at glory.nPortugal qualified for the 2014 World Cup after defeating Sweden in a play-off. Ronaldo had a great season with Real Madrid, scoring 51 goals and winning 17 Champions League games. However, he suffered a back injury in the run-up to the World Cup, which cost him valuable time and a chance to lead Portugal. Portugal’s three group stage games were won despite Ronaldo’s absence.nThe Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has played at four World Cups. This will be his fourth, and he will try to break Eusebio Ferreira’s record of nine World Cup goals. Ferreira scored nine goals in the 1966 World Cup, while Ronaldo has seven goals in 2018.nDespite missing his first FIFA World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo has already secured his place among the greatest footballers of all time. He needs just three more goals to become Portugal’s all-time leading scorer. He is unlikely to break Eusebio’s record of nine goals, who scored four uncontested goals and a penalty in the third-place match. This is a remarkable achievement and one that has made him a legend in the sport.