Cristiano Ronaldo Vs Leo Messi: Who Will Steal the Show?

Samuel DieudonneCorrespondent IMay 27, 2009

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 12: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal (L) and Lionel Messi of Argentina listen to questions from the media as nominees of FIFA Player of the Year 2008, at the Zurich Opera House on January 12, 2009 in Zurich, Switzerland.  (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)

It’s the moment everyone has been waiting for; even the Roman gods reigning in the skies can testify that they are drooling over the prospect of seeing two of the worlds greatest players face off in the Champions League final tonight.

Cristiano Ronaldo

For Cristiano Ronaldo, the man of Step overs and trademark freekicks this is an opportunity to prove his naysayers wrong once again. I'm even surprised I have to say this given all he's accomplished in these last two seasons.

The last season, he scooped up all the individual awards there was after scoring a haul of Goals (42); extremely impressive for a winger whilst confirming his status as the world's best footballer (a fact Messi is vying to change) after he lead his team to a dream treble.

This season, Portugal's golden boy has shown no intentions of slowing down either, after his 19 goals so far have helped Manchester United en route to another successful treble. He's proved to be the complete player with show-stopping performances against Porto, Arsenal, in Europe and Tottenham, Chelsea, in the Premiership.

With the Carling Cup and Premier league trophy already secured in the cabinet, Ronaldo will be looking to repay Sir Alex Ferguson's faith in him by securing that all important Consecutive Champions League winners cup medal.

Lionel Messi

The Argentine boy wonder they call him seems to have done nothing wrong all season to harm that reputation; a man Maradona considers to be the best all-around player on the planet has taken the footballing world by storm this season.

A small sized playmaker with a thunderous shot and overwhelming speed, agility coupled with exceptional technical ability, Messi is always a joy to watch when he gets on the ball.

This season, the Argentine wizard has already secured Barcelona two trophies, the Copa Del Rey and Spain’s La liga title.

Lining up alongside Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o, quiet possibly the worlds most dangerous attacking trio (well over 90 goals scored between them), the Argentine wizard who just like his opponent Ronaldo will be hoping to secure himself some more individual awards after consecutive Primera titles in 2005-2007.

After winning the Soccer Olympics last year in Beijing Messi seems to have evolved to become arguably the worlds best footballer. After putting demolishing performances against Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, the Argentine wizard is poised to confirm his status as the best there is...

Messi already has 37 goals to his name this season, and he’ll be hoping to add to that already impressive tally tonight.

Who better to do that against than United? Just ask Real Madrid’s former striker Ronaldo.