The Ronaldo Messi rivalry is a football rivalry between fans of Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentine striker Lionel Messi, and allegedly between the athletes themselves. Both have won ten Ballon d'Or / FIFA Ballon d'Or (five each) prizes Not only are they considered the two best players of their generation, but also by many athletes, including players, writers and players fans, as the greatest of all time. They are two of the most successful footballers of all time, having won a total of 63 trophies in their career so far (Ronaldo 29, Messi 34) and regularly surpassed the 50-goal mark in one season. They are among the 28 players in the history of the sport who have scored more than 500 career goals and are currently ranked 6th (Ronaldo) and 7th (Messi). Both have scored more than 690 goals in their career for the club and the country. Sports journalists and experts regularly discuss the individual merits of both players to find out who they think is the best player in modern football. It was car racing compared with previous global sports rivalries such as the rivalry Muhammad Ali - Joe Frazier in boxing, the rivalry Roger Federer - Rafael Nadal and the rivalry Björn Borg - John McEnroe in tennis and the rivalry Ayrton Senna - Alain Prost in Formula 1.
Some commentators analyze the different body shapes and playing styles of the two, as part of the debate revolves around the different personalities of the two players: Ronaldo is sometimes described as someone with temperamental character, while Messi is presented as a more restrained character.
At club level, Messi and Ronaldo have represented rivals FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. The two players faced each other in the most popular club game in the world, El Clásico (one of the most-watched annual sporting events), at least twice a season, from Ronaldo's arrival at Real in 2009 until his transfer to the Italian club Juventus F.C. Outside the field, they are also the face of two rival sportswear manufacturers, Messi of Adidas and Ronaldo of Nike, who are also outfits of their national teams and vice versa for their clubs. The two highest paid players in football, Messi and Ronaldo, are among the highest paid sports stars in the world. In 2018, Messi took Ronaldo's top spot on Forbes' list of highest paid athletes for $ 111 million. With 211 million Facebook fans in 2019, they have the world's two largest social media followers, Ronaldo with 122 million and Messi with 89 million. In addition to a total of 288 million followers on Instagram starting in 2019, Ronaldo is the most visited person in the entire service with over 168 million followers and Messi with 120 million followers.
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