Messi and Ronaldo saw their World Cup dream virtually shatter in front of their eyes. The two greatest Footballers of our generation have given us so much and have won everything there is to win except this one elusive trophy. Messi has won 31 trophies while Ronaldo has gone on to pick up an equally impressive 27 major titles, but it isn’t trophies that make these two special.
#WorldCup It is unfortunate that #Messi and #Ronaldo miss out to win worldcups which may be their last hurrah. Proud to say was born in this era where 2 legends ruled football both having their own style of play. Comparison is a tiny word between them pic.twitter.com/Z30cTF495x
— Bharath Kumar VN (@vn_bharath) July 1, 2018
When Ronaldo and Messi are on song they beautify Football, every dribble that has so much complexity and technique looks so effortless when it comes off their boot. They’re both game Changers of the highest order, influencing a majority of their team’s wins and mesmerizing Football fans for over a Decade.
Messi made his debut back in 2004 and has been sensational for Barcelona. However, the Argentine hasn’t been able to replicate the same success for Argentina, not because of his performance but effectively because of misfortune. He went on to win an Olympic Gold Medal as his only major International honor. The Little Magician has appeared in 4 Major finals (3 Copa America and 1 FIFA World Cup Final) and has failed to come out on top in each of them.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been equally effective for Manchester United and Real Madrid. With the Portuguese National team, Ronaldo has had better fortune than his Argentine counterpart. Portugal, against all odds, beat hosts France in the 2016 UEFA Euro.
The Qatar 2022 World Cup is four years away, Ronaldo will be 37 and Messi will be 36 Years Old. The likes of Tim Cahill and Andres Iniesta have played in the World Cup well into their late 30’s. The question that arises is, will both Messi and Ronaldo still be at their prime by then?
To be entirely honest what Messi and Ronaldo have achieved is phenomenal and can’t be measured by a World Cup. Not winning it, it’s the World Cup’s loss.