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Since 2008, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo have claimed every Ballon d’Or award, and in each of the past five years the pair has finished one-two in the voting.

Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Who's better?

So which footballer is better? We present seven arguments making the case for each player…


Messi is better than Ronaldo because, 1) ⚽ Messi’s five Ballons d’Or are the most of any player in history, 2) ⚽ Messi has won four Champions Leagues and eight league titles, whereas Ronaldo has won three Champions Leagues and four league titles, 3) ⚽ over his career, Messi has scored .79 goals per game compared to Ronaldo’s .68, 4) ⚽ Messi has 214 assists in 644 games, while Ronaldo has 183 in 804 games, 5) ⚽ Messi has more goals and assists than anyone in La Liga history, 6) ⚽ in 2012, Messi netted 91 goals, and 7) ⚽ Messi has received only a single red card in his career.

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Ronaldo is better than Messi because, 1) ⚽ Ronaldo has won a European Championship with Portugal, while Messi hasn’t won any tournament with Argentina, 2) ⚽ Ronaldo has won league titles in two different countries (England and Spain), 3) ⚽ Ronaldo has won Ballons d’Or in two different countries, 4) ⚽ Ronaldo is a better athlete than Messi, with superior speed, jumping and strength, 5) ⚽ Ronaldo has 93 Champions League goals to Messi’s 83, 6) ⚽ Ronaldo has four European Golden Shoes to Messi’s three, and 7) ⚽ Ronaldo was named the most charitable sports star by

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