Victory in sports depends on the overall performance of all team members. A team wins and a team perishes, not the individual genuises.
In the legend vs legend debate in sports, much is often settled by fans’ preferences than by actual performance.
Like in cricket, where no one can claim with authority as to who is the best between Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara — both legends in their own right and perfect ambassadors of the game, in football also it can’t be certified yet as to who is the best between Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi — both considered as best footballers of our times.
Though reactions coming after Portugal’s victory over France in the final of European Championship, sought to settle the debate with the fans claiming that Ronaldo is the best as he has helped his country win a major tournament, while Messi retired recently after failing to do the same for his country in Copa America.
— mephobia (@mephobia8) July 11, 2016
Messi, take inspiration from #Ronaldo and from his undying passion to win trophies and his resilience. Dont quit on your nation.
— Prince Varkhitaryan (@revprince) July 11, 2016
Top 3 Best Players in The World
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Injured Cristiano Ronaldo
3. Lionel Messi
— ♛ Filipe Orlando (@MrFilipeOrlando) July 10, 2016
However, delivering the verdict as to who is the best after one tournament would be far fetched. Both the players, are still young and more importantly likely to continue playing to enthrall their fans in years to come.
Victory in sports depends on the overall performance of all team members. A team wins and a team perishes, not the individual geniuses.
Remember how many years of toil it took for Sachin Tendulkar to help India win a World Cup? It took plenty, and when he did, it was not because of his individual performance alone.
Messi played but Argentina lost the match, Ronaldo didn’t and Portugal won the match. Its not about the big guns but teamwork and effort.
— Soha Ali (@Sohaha2) July 11, 2016
Similarly, Portugal’s win in the European Championship was not because of his individual brilliance. In fact, he was on the sidelines, with an injury in the first half, when his team scored that winning goal. He was stretchered off in tears and he cried again but with joy after the win.
Messi retires from international football
Cristiano Ronaldo carries the Euro 2016 trophy for Portugal handed by Xavi pic.twitter.com/6XWMErvwSv
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@TeamCRonaldo) July 10, 2016
Messi may have retired from international football, but he is still 29 there have been indications he may return. Nothing can be better news for football of our times, if he does manage to win over his temperamental decision to retire and make a comeback.
Even if he doesn’t, none can discredit him for his footballing credentials. And when Messi takes to the pitch again in club football for Barcelona, the Ronaldo vs Messi debate will prop up again. As there is never an end unless it ends finally. Thankfully, in sports there is never an end.