Cristiano Ronaldo embarrasses rival Lionel Messi and now has extra incentive for next feat

When fans label Cristiano Ronaldo the ‘GOAT’ they mean it. The acronym for ‘Greatest Of All Time’ labels Ronaldo as the best, with no equals.

Lionel Messi has been the other top superstar of this generation, who controversially has six Ballon d’Ors to Ronaldo’s five – but all the individual statistical feats belong to Ronaldo.

Ronaldo is the highest international goalscorer, the highest Champions League goalscorer, and the highest goalscorer in totality, with 807 career strikes.

This season Ronaldo has 18 strikes for United, and to still be firing in the goals at the age of 37 shows his enduring longevity.

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Outscores Messi’s league tally in one game

Lionel Messi was expected to rip up Ligue 1 this season with PSG. It just hasn’t happened. In a perplexing series of events, the Argentine has scored only two league goals in 2021/22.

Ronaldo outscored this in one single match for Manchester United, and while his league return is not as high as he would like it to be, his 12 strikes are the second best in the division.

Messi, who is three years younger than Ronaldo, played his 18th Ligue 1 game of the season yesterday as PSG hosted Bordeaux.

While PSG won 3-0, Messi struck out once again, and his league goal tally remains at just two.

The gap between the two greats is now embarrassingly one-sided, with Ronaldo statistically better, and still delivering at an older age in a tougher league.

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Incentive to shine

Ronaldo and Manchester United have a big opportunity this week to progress past Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Atletico are an opponent Ronaldo has scored against 25 times in the past, and he will be desperate to keep United’s final hope of silverware alive this season with victory in the last 16 clash.

There is extra individual incentive for Ronaldo too. Lionel Messi’s PSG were eliminated this past week by Real Madrid, with the Argentine missing a penalty in the first leg.

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Ronaldo reaching the quarter-finals while Messi digests last 16 elimination would be another tick in the ‘Ronaldo is better’ box, to outperform his rival in Europe’s top competition in 2021/22.

This extra motivation should further inspire Ronaldo to replicate the magic he showed this weekend, on the big stage in the Champions League.

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