Lionel Messi: Why His Draw with Cristiano Ronaldo in El Clasico Was Fitting End

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 9, 2012

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 25:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (L) shakes hands with Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid prior to the Copa del Rey quarter final second leg match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on January 25, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The Clasico was all it was built up to be. The two biggest clubs in Spain competed in a spirited match, and though Real Madrid didn't get the win they needed, the 2-2 draw was fitting.

Both goals for both sides were scored by the premier players of the world. The debates rage on about whether FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi is a greater player than Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Both men have now scored eight goals this season, and continue to prove why they are elite.

Some may give Messi the edge. He's scored 346 goals in his illustrious career, and he's only 25 years old. He is at least the greatest Argentinian player since the legendary Diego Maradona,  and that in itself is a huge accomplishment.

Barca's success also helps Messi's case. They have won LA Liga five times in Messi's nine years.

Ronaldo's resume is even more impressive from a goal-scoring perspective. He has scored a whopping 465 goals in his 10 seasons. In addition to his individual accomplishments, Ronaldo has had his fair share of team success as well.

Madrid won La Liga in the 2011-2012 season, and he was a part of three Premier League champions with Manchester United. 

Both men are extremely stylish and play the game with great charisma. In Sunday's match they went back and forth to the delight of the neutral football fans across the world.

Ronaldo tallied the first goal in the 23rd minute, but Messi would answer him just eight minutes later. The Argentine eventually gave his side the lead in the 61st minute, but it was short-lived as Ronaldo knotted the score for good with his second goal in the 66th minute of the match.

Neither player came out on top, and this is the way it should be. The greatest aspect of this rivalry is that there isn't a clear winner. No one can definitively say that Messi or Ronaldo is the better player.

The debates are fun and good for the sport. Every great player in every sport needs a rival. To conquer them only ends the rivalry. In turn, this can lead to a lack of appreciation of the player because his era may be viewed as a weak one.

After the Clasico the arguments will remain, as both stars continue to shine.

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