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Messi vs. Ronaldo: The Greatest Rivalry by Luca Caioli
In 2009 Real Madrid paid £80m, a then record fee, to sign a ready-made superstar in an effort to keep pace with a Barcelona side that had won it all. In doing so, they sparked a rivalry like no other; Messi vs Ronaldo.
The seasons that have followed have been truly spectacular, the battle for supremacy increasing in profile and intensity all the while. Their styles, personalities and footballing allegiances continue to divide opinion, but their dominance of the record books has now put one claim beyond debate - this is footballs greatest ever head-to-head.
Acclaimed football writer Luca Caioli draws on invaluable testimonies from those closest to the two stars, with exclusive insights from friends, families, teammates and managers, to tell the inside story of this fascinating rivalry.
Messi v Ronaldo in 2017: Who’s having the better year so far?
Argentine professional footballer. Portuguese professional footballer. The Ronaldo—Messi rivalry is a football rivalry between fans of Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentinian forward Lionel Messi and supposedly between the athletes themselves. They are two of the most decorated football players ever, having won a combined 63 trophies Ronaldo 29, Messi 34 during their careers thus far, and have regularly broken the 50 goal barrier in a single season. They are amongst the 28 players in the history of the sport to score over career goals, currently ranked at 6th Ronaldo and 7th Messi respectively, with both having scored over goals each in their careers for club and country. Some commentators choose to analyse the differing physiques and playing styles of the two,  while part of the debate revolves around the contrasting personalities of the two players: Ronaldo is sometimes described as someone of temperamental character while Messi is portrayed as having a more reserved character.
A Christmas Clasico brought the curtain down on another remarkable year for the rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Between them they have won 10 La Liga titles, seven Champions Leagues and 10 Ballons d'Or, forever altering the game in the process as record after record falls before them. But, as comes to a close, whose year has it been? Goal takes a look back to see how they measure up to one another. The primary indicator of success in football is the number of trophies accrued during the course of a player's career.