Cristiano or Messi? Let’s enjoy it without having to choose

The exploits they offered us, mainly under the tunics of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, ​​marked all lovers of the round ball.

I was also about to list their amazing prices, but soon realized there wouldn’t be enough space to write my post.

More than statistics and figures, it is above all emotions and memories that these two champions have offered to fans around the world.

But this love has often, by reflex or by the media game, led us to have to choose between the genius of Lionel Messi, guided by a grace and agility that came from heaven, and a Cristiano Ronaldo, a phenomenon often reduced to the status of a worker. efficient, who ends up scoring more than he plays.

But are we necessarily obliged to put these players in opposition?

Can you love one player without necessarily hating the other?

This reflection came to me after the magnificent acrobatic return marked by Lionel Messi with Paris Saint-Germain last Saturday.

Minutes after the final whistle, media and fans around the world couldn’t help but dig into the archives to unearth a similar goal scored by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2018 edition of the Champions League, under the Real Madrid jersey against Juventus.

Two masterpieces scored on hostile ground and which, a rare thing, provoked the applause and wonder of the supporters of the opposing team.

These spectacular gestures, which should quite simply arouse admiration, paradoxically lead us to have to choose – always choose – to debate on the most beautiful gesture, who is the best player in the world, even if it means forcing comparisons.

Another spectacular comeback from Cristiano Ronaldo in 2017 in a match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Photo : Getty Images/Alex Caparros

Katia Aveiro, sister of Cristiano Ronaldo, took to the game by sharing a comment made by supporters of her brother on social networks.

» One is a gun and the other is a bicycle. One is in the French Championship against Clermont and the other in the Champions League quarter-final against Juventus. »

These comments made me the effect of a mirror and reminded me that I was one of those who almost always compared these two prodigies, during the analysis of the matches or even during the debates between friends.

Cristiano Ronaldo was in my opinion The best player in the world given his aura and the leader he was in the club and in the selection.

All the arguments, even the most eccentric, were valid to highlight the superiority of the CR7, compared to the the ayatollahs of Lionel Messi, determined to defend the little Argentinian genius.

I am thinking, for example, of ex-captain Patrice Bernier, an unconditional lover of FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi.

Cristiano or Messi?  Let's enjoy it without having to choose

Patrice Bernier

Photo: The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes

He was my roommate during all our trips during my career at the Montreal Impact.

I let you imagine the hilarious scenes offered by these long debates in hotel lobbies in the United States.

With hindsight, this vision of football may have made me miss strong emotions, living half the exploits of Lionel Messi, mainly when he played for FC Barcelona.

But that time is over !

The World Cup is fast approaching and could be the last world tour for these two aliens.

Like what Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer gave us in tennis, these two football icons deserve our hats by enjoying every dribble, every pass, every goal they still have to offer. .

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