Messi 0; Ronaldo 1: Wait, the greatness debate has not ended yet

By: | Published: July 11, 2016 11:32 AM

Victory in sports depends on the overall performance of all team members. A team wins and a team perishes, not the individual genuises.

ronaldo-rt-LWhen Messi takes to the pitch again in club football for Barcelona, the Ronaldo vs Messi debate will prop up again.

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.

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.

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 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.

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