A Detailed, and Fact Based Study. Who Is Better, Ronaldo Or Messi?

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A Detailed, and Fact Based Study. Who Is Better, Ronaldo Or Messi?
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Messi Or Ronaldo

The discussion over who is the best player in the world has been going on forever. At any point of time, people differed on who they consider to be the best footballer of a certain era. This era is no different. Although in my opinion that has more to do with personal preferences that actual facts on the ground. 


In this day and time, we are blessed to witness two talented footballers plying their trade in world football on a weekly basis. Leo Messi and cristiano Ronaldo. Hence, the discussion over who is the best footballer in the world doesn't end with a tournament, or with a match. It goes on throughout the year, as they dazzle everyone with their performances in whatever competition they play in. In my opinion, Leo Messi has the upper hand. He is without a doubt the finest active footballer in the world. However, Real Madrid fans, and some English fans, especially those of Manchester United, would argue that Ronaldo is more "Complete".


And so, I thought, the best way to settle this argument is to look at their overall contribution to their teams in the Spanish League, and in The Champions League, since these are the two major competitions in which both players play week in and week out.


Let us agree on a definition first. The most complete player, is the player who adds value to his team's all around performance. Scoring goals, providing assists, retains position, and enhances his teams chances of scoring and winning through effective play. To this end, I will study 11 different aspects of their game. Interlinked on numerous occasions, but when looked at individually, they accentuate important contribution to the overall team's performance. These aspects, or parameters, are:

  1. Goals scored
  2. Goals from open play
  3. First Goals
  4. Goals to minutes ratio
  5. Assists
  6. Assists to minutes ratio
  7. Shots on Target
  8. Shots accuracy
  9. Completed passes
  10. Passing Accuracy
  11. Contribution to team goals
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