Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are unarguably the two best players in the game currently, and we all are lucky to witness the two on top of their game. Both of them are marching on and breaking record after record.
While Lionel Messi has scored his 400th career goal for club and country, Cristiano Ronaldo recorded the best ever scoring start to a La Liga campaign. Messi has now scored five La Liga goals and provided a further seven assists, while Ronaldo sits on ten goals and two assists, which means that both have been involved in a total of 12 goals for their respective sides. To put this into context, Real, Barca and Valencia are the only three La Liga sides to have scored more goals than the number Messi and Ronaldo have been involved in.
Many pundits often suggest La Liga is a ‘two-team’ league, and one could even go further and say La Liga has turned into a ‘two-man’ league, with only Atletico Madrid’s hard-working and effective unit able to stop these Galacticos. But where do the records stop for Messi and Ronaldo? Perhaps an even a better question is, will the records ever stop for the two superstars?
With his 248 La Liga goals, Messi now sits only three goals behind Telmo Zarra in the all-time scoring charts in the Spanish league, with Ronaldo also recently breaking into the top ten. Both of them are more than likely to beat Raul’s all-time record of 71 goals for the most goals scored in the Champions League. With both sitting on 68 goals apiece, the question is not if they will break this record, but rather when they will break it.
Messi is already FC Barcelona’s record all-time scorer and Ronaldo is chasing Real’s club record at an astonishing pace. It seems as if every time Messi breaks a record, Ronaldo goes on to break another one, and vice versa. With 73 goals, the Argentine holds the record for the most goals scored in a European season during the 2011/12 campaign, but if Ronaldo continues his early pre-season form, that record could be broken this campaign.
Both players seem to have matured when compared to previous years, as proven by Ronaldo’s break from football at the beginning of the season to avoid a repeat of his injury problems from last season. Messi, meanwhile, seems to be happy to contribute more to the team than hunting down his own goalscoring records. The 27-year-old plays in a slightly deeper role under new Barca boss Luis Enrique and has set up more goals for his teammates than any other player in Spain so far. Ronaldo, who was previously dominant when cutting inside from the left wing, has adapted to the role of Real Madrid’s lone striker, or alternatively being used on the right wing.
I am already excited to see both of them clashing in the El Clasico at the end of this month and I hope they can continue their brilliant early season form. For me it’s not a debate about whether the one is better than the other… I just appreciate watching the greatest players of my generation at the pinnacle of their game.
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