Cristiano Ronaldo and Fernando Torres. Two of the best players in the world, but who is the best?
I don't usually like comparing players with others and asking "whose better?" Especially when they play in different positions, but these two have set the Premier League alight this year, so I thought I'd make an exception for them.
As part of a very talented Manchester United side this season, Ronaldo has been the stand out performer among them all.
His fellow players obviously rate him very highly, as he has won the PFA Player of the Year award two years in a row now.
Last year I don't think he should have won it. This year, however, I think he deservedly retained his title.
Although Torres has been in sparkling form in his debut season in England, Ronaldo has established himself as one of the best in the world.
Ronaldo reached 40 goals for the season on Saturday, an outstanding feat for any player. I'm not going to say "40 goals for a winger" because he has not been playing wing for United. He has had an almost completely free role which has worked out better than anyone could have imagined.
Torres' 32 goals this season is certainly not a bad total either, especially as he has played less games. He has also broken long standing Liverpool records, such as scoring in seven straight home games, a record he has now extended to eight.
Overall, I think that Torres is more important to Liverpool than Ronaldo is to Man Utd. But who is the best player? At the moment it has to be Ronaldo.
Torres is key to Liverpool, as has been stated on numerous occasions when he has been left out of the starting line up. However, if Liverpool can buy themselves another quality striker, I'm thinking the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, then I think Torres would shine even brighter.
Although, saying that, when Torres has had four years experience in England like Ronaldo has, he may just be better than Ronaldo is now.
But for now, Ronaldo is the best in England. Not the world. Just England.