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'I'd Rather Have Messi Than Ronaldo'

'I'd Rather Have Lionel Messi Than Cristiano Ronaldo'

By David Kappel - Mar 13, 2018 06:00 PM @kappilinho

Cristiano Ronaldo has overtaken Lionel Messi's goals tally for the first time this season, but a LaLiga expert has insisted he would still choose the FC Barcelona talisman over the Real Madrid superstar.

Read: Ronaldo Overtakes Messi In 2017/18 Goal Charts

The Portuguese scored a brace against Eibar on the weekend and has now scored 33 goals in 34 appearances across all competitions this season.

Messi, meanwhile, has netted 32 times in 41 matches, but Sky Sports' LaLiga expert Guillem Balague has explained why he would still choose the Argentine over Ronaldo.

"I've got a question for you, the readers," Balague wrote in a column for Sky Sports.

"Who would you rather have in your team – Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? Let me argue the case for both.

"Ronaldo is doing what he did last year, scoring for fun – 17 goals in 10 games – having preserved energy at the start of this season. His goals have everyone in the team thinking they can beat anybody right now, and are perhaps firing Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League title.

"But the team needed him and his goals earlier in the season. He scored only 16 from August to January, during which Barcelona opened up their current 15-point lead in the league.

"Contrast that to Messi. He's scored one less goal than Ronaldo but has needed seven more games to do so. He has appeared throughout the season, though, filling in gaps while Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have been adapting and Andres Iniesta has been injured.

"But will Messi be able to maintain this pace right until the end of the season? There have been seasons where Barcelona have demanded so much of him that he has burnt out at the end. It's a question mark for sure, Messi may have actively rested during games and therefore be ready for the end of the season.

"So, given the current set of circumstances, who would you rather have – Ronaldo or Messi? A Messi, of course, who has scored or assisted more than 50% of the goals for the team."

Read: Neymar Linked With A Shock Return To Barca

Messi or Ronaldo – who would you rather have for your team if you could choose only one? Have your say in the comments section below.


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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Mar 20, 2018 05:59 AM
Of course I'll have Messi in my team!
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Ta Akon Joined: 24 Nov 2017
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Ta Akon Mar 17, 2018 05:10 PM
Messi is coming
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nqobilemiphi@gmail.com Joined: 08 Feb 2018
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nqobilemiphi@gmail.com Mar 16, 2018 12:31 PM
jealousy is love and hate at the same time,AS of CR7 he is the greatest player of all time so does Messi they are performing miracles for their respective teams so I respect LaLiga expert Guillem Balague views thats his opinion .so Mina will pick Ronaldo in my team # Respect others Opinion.
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Makhweyane Mar 16, 2018 05:57 AM
Hard work pays off yes messi is younger than cr7 he can still do a lot but so far he have a though competition with cr7
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John jabu Mar 15, 2018 10:48 AM
Please don't tell me about the old days while was playing for Manchester United
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John jabu Mar 15, 2018 10:47 AM
Let us be fair not favoufavouritism mean what does cr7 do on the field of play apart scoring does he created opportunities for his fellow players
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Evergreenmessi Mar 14, 2018 11:08 AM
@Pirates_999 immagining bus parade in madrid celebrating pichi chi (baxuthane) sharing among the entire forty something menbers till it fell under the bus just like 2011 del ray cup yo that day
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Phiriejoe Mar 14, 2018 10:23 AM
@mccrobert,I agree with you my man,
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Phiriejoe Mar 14, 2018 10:22 AM
Messi obvious,the king of football,the maradona and the pele part2
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Thobeka Masina Mar 14, 2018 10:12 AM
unfortunately he had to choose one...nd he followed his heart
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Pirates_999 Mar 14, 2018 08:02 AM
It's your opinion old man, in future when comparing players be specific and don't only show up when your boy's team is doing well in La Liga we need fools like you every season to tell lies...King CR7 will forever rule!
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mccrobert Mar 14, 2018 06:33 AM
stupid enough south africans,this journalist here said he would prefer to have messi in his team not yoz ,listen to journalists b4 insult them with yo brainless comments,read careful guyz,stop insulting bcoz u are illiterate or dump,
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Glamour boys akaKhosination Mar 14, 2018 05:58 AM
Poor analysis or you think we have forgotten? Cr7 dod not played first 6games of the season, he was suspended. Secondly he adjusting to central position as no9. Thirdy hr dod not play some games since he was injured. Ron is fully fit now and Madrid is winning again even though it is too late. Just because you hate CR7 that doesn't mean people have to lie.
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DavidOlumide Mar 14, 2018 12:06 AM
Your own opinion. CR7 is the best, he is the pilot of the plane of Real Madrid, he knew that and he is proving it, stop d jealous
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FIDOSH MASILELA Mar 13, 2018 11:45 PM
@Evergreenmessi its funny cos yu say dat wat best player brings remind me were was he last season despite playing almost every game
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Evergreenmessi Mar 13, 2018 10:23 PM
@#eddie fighting for pichi chi
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#eddie Mar 13, 2018 10:17 PM
Obviously messi.....ronaldo is jst worthless
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Evergreenmessi Mar 13, 2018 10:06 PM
Everybody's choice top goal scorer top playmaker 50% goals assisted by him 50% scored by him which is good for other strikers he has been consistant from beginnig till now we are involve in all possible competition he never left us wanting we are in better position to win treble thats what best player brings to the team not to sleep hole season most of games for other big teams useless they will only help to win pichi chi may be messi or suarez wins it but its not important yes for suarez it will be good for him as an outright striker
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Faysal Mar 13, 2018 08:59 PM
Every one wants messi
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Michaeltshigama Mar 13, 2018 07:52 PM
This cow is confused n it's his choice to choose whoever he likes coz billions of people likes CR7

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