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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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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 15 2008

Time: 11:42AM

Your Comments

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'?
Joe Cole is the oracle when it comes to footy - accept it!
Putters speaks sense for once!
Wrong way round it should be Ronaldo not better than Messi!
Tiny T
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
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!!!
Ronaldo's been better the last two seasons, no question. As for the future... Well I like the idea of buying Messi!
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
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??
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.
hit the nail on the head fenton. jeleaosy. if the tables were turned and we had messi and barcelona had ronaldo, eveyone would be saying ronaldo is better than messi. fact is the stats dont lie, ronaldo the top goalscorer in his league and inthe champiosn league and had been immense this season. if a am not wrong the best player in the world is not a permenent fixtuere, jus tlook at ronaldo (the fat one!). maybe messi will be better than ronaldo next season, but this season ronaldo has been the best player in europe and jelousy is the only thing which blinds people in this country from seeing his real talent. im sure in madrid no-one is saying messi is better than ronaldo, its all about rivaries..and tbh i liek it that way, it makes it all the sweeter when he scores past them.
Ronaldo is the best in the world. There is really no argument that can be made otherwise. Though it can be said he doesn't show up in big games, but he can change that on Wednesday.
What more does "that boy Ronaldo" have to do?
what does joe cole know? Has he even completed 90 minutes this season? Jealousy that he can not be as good as either of them.
Jealously indeed. Messi is amazing but is slightly injury prone. Ronaldo is the total package, speed, control, power, freekicks, heading etc. Messi is a different kind of player and I see both ruling the world for a long time. But this year and last, Ronaldo was by far better in my opinion.
Oh and I forgot to add, Cole is doing this to get into Ronaldo's head before the final!
Everyone knows that judging two players who have only been playing for a few years is crazy. Wait 15 years. Then look back and say who was the better player, if you must. Who's to say in 2 years time Messi won't score 50 goals in a season and that Ronaldo might fail to score any? You don't know. The fact is, they're both world class players at the moment. See how it goes.
Also can I just say - Joe Cole is a great player and to say otherwise yet to say that other fans are putting down players through jealousy is hypocrisy. Give some respect to players who play well. There's no need to unfairly criticize.
I thought it was Ashley Cole who made these comments, the interview I read had him make reference to being in the final and how he wants to win it this time around. Anyway I have to agree Ronaldo is a better player that Messi I just feel that Spanish league players get overrated.

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