Lionel Messi Was Unhappy to See Cristiano Ronaldo Win the Ballon d’Or: Explore the Real Reason Behind Messi’s Claims About the Former Real Madrid Star – Sportsmanor
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of the greatest players to ever grace the game of soccer. They both have been at the top of the game for more than 15 years. Never in history have two players been at the top fighting against each other for such longevity. The records of both players speak for themselves.
Whenever it looked like one player was going ahead, the other one struck back with insane performances. Lionel Messi won four straight Ballon d’Or awards from 2009 to 2012. But Cristiano Ronaldo’s insane will to keep working hard made him fight back. Ronaldo came back into the top scene and won four Ballon d’Ors in a matter of five years between 2013 and 2017.
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It is difficult to compare both of these top players. They both have unique skills, and that just makes it unfair to compare them with each other. Lionel Messi, on the one hand, has an incredible left foot, and he can make things happen with it in a matter of seconds.
Additionally, he has unbelievable creativity on the pitch. Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand, is very athletic, and he can use both his feet and his head in the opposition box. His mentality makes him a beast.
They both competed against each other in the same league for 10 years. While Ronaldo played for Real Madrid, Messi played for Barcelona. The two clubs have a history of the biggest rivalry in football. The match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, which was known as ElClásico was always a high-intensity affair. Whenever the two players faced each other, the atmosphere in the stadium was electric.
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The two players have always shown great respect for each other. Even though the fans of both players never miss a chance to fight against each other on different topics, the two players always show compassion for each other in the media.
Why was Lionel Messi hurt after seeing Cristiano Ronaldo win his 5th Ballon d’Or?
Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d’Or in 2017 after having an incredible season with Real Madrid. He managed to win his third consecutive Champions League, scoring a total of 42 goals and giving 12 assists in that season. Lionel Messi revealed that he was not pleased to see his rival level with him on the Ballon d’Or.
Messi had been ahead of Ronaldo for a number of years in the soccer world. But, after winning his sixth Ballon d’Or in 2019, in an interview, Messi said, “When Cristiano Ronaldo pulled level with me, I’ll admit that it hurt a little as I was no longer alone at the top. But, at that moment he deserved the Ballon d’Or and I couldn’t do much more about it”.
After edging his nose in front of Ronaldo again on the Ballon d’Or list, Messi revealed that he was clearly not pleased after the end of the 2016-17 season.
🎙️ Lionel Messi:
“It hurt me when Cristiano Ronaldo won his 5th Ballon D’or.” pic.twitter.com/U9gvq54VbL
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Now, the two players don’t have the same rivalry as before. But they still keep entertaining their fans in different parts of the world. Ronaldo plays for Al Nassr, a Saudi Pro League team. Messi plays for Inter Miami, a Major League Soccer team. Even though they play in different leagues, they still try to perform at the highest level.