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Messi Is Not Better Than Ronaldo

Messi Is Not Better Than Ronaldo

Joe Cole believes Lionel Messi is a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo. He is just plain wrong.

Lionel Messi could be a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo. He has the abilities, his close control is nothing like I've ever seen and his football brain is outstanding, incredibly sharp.

But he's trailing Ronaldo right now, whatever Joe Cole says.

'Ronaldo's been fantastic but in the semi-final Messi showed he's the top man,' said Cole.

'He is only 20 as well, imagine how good he will be in the next 10 years.'

While I admit that Messi played better over the two legs than Ronaldo I struggle to see why it proves anything. Martin Petrov played better than Ronaldo in that ill-fated Manchester derby yet nobody in their right mind would claim he's the better footballer.

If the little Argentinian ever realises his full potential, he could be better than Diego Maradona, no doubt. And he can become a much better player than even Ronaldo.

But he's been troubled by injuries and never reached his best, not to mention consistently performing to his best which he didn't do either. And quite simply, his end product is nowhere near Ronaldo's.

You can't put forward reasonable arguments that would convince me that he is the better player because he performed better over two games. Ronaldo scored 41 goals this season and he's not an orthodox, out-and-out striker. This firmly labels him as the best of the world. The notion that Messi may be superior to him on the evidence of 180 minutes is crazy. Two seasons of consistent brilliance inferior to two games of pretty footy? You're having a laugh.

And anyway, why does Joe Cole feel it important to talk up Messi? Last time I checked the little genius was playing for Barcelona - and though one might debate whether Ronaldo or Messi is the better player, it is no question that both are better than anyone Chelsea have on their books. Of course, measured over two games Cole could be a world beater, too - but we all know he's not.

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Date:Thursday May 15 2008
Time: 11:42AM

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Joey Cole knows what he's talking about. And if we did get Messi (which I don't think we will), we would all see for ourselves! On another note, does this site get ANY fans? Or do they just have trouble with the readin' and the writin'?
15/05/2008 12:09:00
Joe Cole is the oracle when it comes to footy - accept it!
15/05/2008 12:20:00
Putters speaks sense for once!
15/05/2008 12:27:00
Wrong way round it should be Ronaldo not better than Messi!
Tiny T
15/05/2008 12:33:00
joe cole is just a meat head, ronaldo is better than messi, everyone is just jelous we have him! so they say he aint the best
15/05/2008 13:10:00
Ronaldo is no doubt a great player playing in the BEST club in Europe.Messi is the BEST player playing in a not so great club in Europe.Put these two in the same team/club, well...TOTALLY UNSTOPPABLE!! Fergie,break the bank and purchase MESSI!!!
15/05/2008 13:11:00
Ronaldo's been better the last two seasons, no question. As for the future... Well I like the idea of buying Messi!
15/05/2008 14:23:00
ronaldo has been world class over the last 2 season he's scored over 50 goals in all competition and how many messi has scored? im not dissing messi i think he is a class playa i wouldnt mind him in our team :D
15/05/2008 14:29:00
ino this is'nt to do with the subject, but i herd manchester council are not going to put big tvs in the center of manchester after the rangers fans, is this true??
15/05/2008 15:02:00
if u watch la liga football and see what messi does with the ball it is like what every1 waz sain about ronaldinho 3/4 years ago but better i have 2 admit ronaldo is the better goal scorer but messi is the better player and if u asked most senior footballers who hadnt played 4 united they would say messi in their team infrount of ronaldo.Ronaldo would be the best if he stopped doing so much dazziling skills although they are enjoyable to watch he shouldnt doo to much.He also shouldnt sulk and be a baby when things arnt going his way.Both of them attributes make messi the better player in my opinoin.
15/05/2008 18:42:00
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