Cristiano Ronaldo-Messi: Greatest Rivalry for Years to Come

Thomas YungContributor IJune 25, 2009

ROME, ITALY - MAY 27:  Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Manchester United FC and Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Stadio Olimpico on May 27, 2009 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

The rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be taken to a whole new level next year with the addition of the reigning European Footballer of the year, Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid.


Lionel Messi, despite not winning the European Footballer of the year in 2008, has led Barcelona to three trophies in the 2008-2009 season including the La Liga, UEFA Champions League and the Copa del Rey with 38 goals in all competition.


Many have already agreed that Messi, based on the success he brought to his ball club, will be awarded the 2009 European Footballer of the year award.


Cristiano Ronaldo on the other hand, has led Manchester United to two titles in the 2008-2009 season including the Premier League and the League Cup scoring 26 goals in all competition.


Playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid next season is Kaka, the 2007 European Footballer of the year who scored 16 goals in all competition for AC Milan in the 2008-2009 season.


These three superstars are perhaps the most important footballers today playing for the top two Spanish teams next year.


Real Madrid, under the management of  Florentino Pérez is building the next Galacticos era with the acquisitions of Ronaldo and Kaka while Barcelona continues to build on last season’s success with Messi, Thierry Henry and Samuel E’to.


With Ronaldo vs. Messi being the main attraction in Spain, the attention of the footballing world will be on La Liga especially when Barcelona goes up against Real Madrid.


For the next five to seven years, the rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi in Spain will surely become the most intense matchups in the world of football when two of the best players in the world goes head to head against each other to see who is the best footballer playing for the best football club in the world today.


The last meeting between Barcelona and Real Madrid in May, the edge went to Barcelona with a 6-2 scoreline with Messi scoring twice against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.


One would imagine a much closer outcome when the two Spanish giants meet again.