Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have outlined one another’s careers, legacies and the world of soccer for greater than a decade.
They’ve managed to match one another, scaling beforehand unmapped heights, but they embody totally different philosophies.
There may be Messi — shorter, extra introverted, a pure footballing genius who shares his creativity with the staff, aiding virtually as a lot as he scores. After which there may be Ronaldo — taller, a bodily specimen who bulldozes his approach by means of defenses, grafting and coaching till he was merely higher than anybody else on the sector.
However for all their accolades, neither has gained the World Cup. The Qatar 2022 competitors might be their final probability to find out whether or not one among them can lastly win the largest trophy of all.
See how the star gamers match up, going again to their skilled debuts.
Ronaldo makes skilled debut at 17 years previous, taking part in for Portuguese facet Sporting Clube de Portugal.
Wins first Portugal cap at 18, approaching in its place in opposition to Kazakhstan.
At 17 years previous, Messi makes first of 778 appearances for Barcelona. On the time, he’s the youngest to characterize the membership in an official sport.
Makes Argentina debut, at 18 years previous, in its place in a pleasant match in opposition to Hungary, however is distributed off simply two minutes later.
Nets first of seven World Cup objectives, scored throughout 4 tournaments, to change into — at 21 years previous — the youngest Portuguese participant to attain in a World Cup.
Turns into youngest participant to characterize Argentina at a World Cup and scores inside 13 minutes, changing into sixth-youngest goalscorer within the match’s historical past.
Scores arguably his biggest purpose as he weaves previous a number of Getafe defenders. One in all 672 strikes for Barça.
Evokes Barcelona to beat Ronaldo’s Manchester United in Champions League remaining, his second of 4 titles. He finishes the match as its high scorer.
Joins Actual Madrid from Manchester United for a then-world document $130 million charge.
After inspiring Barça to a historic three trophies in a single season, the 22-year-old turns into first Argentine to win Ballon d’Or.
Wins the inaugural Puskás Award for his electrifying 40-yard purpose — the ball traveled a median velocity of 64 miles per hour — for Manchester United in opposition to Porto.
Argentina knocked out of the 2010 World Cup by Germany within the quarterfinals. Messi is called within the Workforce of the Match, however he suffers accusations of caring extra about membership than nation.
Time journal names Messi as probably the most influential individuals on the planet for the primary of two consecutive years.
At 24, he breaks Barcelona’s scoring document and scores a document 91 objectives in the identical calendar 12 months.
Time journal names Ronaldo among the many 100 most influential individuals of the 12 months.
Argentina loses to Germany within the World Cup remaining. Messi wins a match document of 4 man-of-the match awards in a single World Cup and accepts the Golden Ball award for participant of the match with seven objectives.
The CR7 galaxy is called after the soccer star, on the finish of a season the place he loved probably the most prolific marketing campaign of his membership profession, scoring 61 instances in 54 video games.
Turns into Actual’s all-time main scorer with 324 objectives. He ends his Madrid profession with 450 objectives in simply 438 video games.
A purpose within the Copa América Centenario quarterfinals establishes him as Argentina’s all-time main scorer. After La Albiceleste’s loss within the remaining, he publicizes his worldwide retirement, a call he reverses shortly afterwards following pleas from Argentina’s president.
Wins first main worldwide trophy on the European Championship in France, however is carried off injured in tears after simply 25 minutes of the ultimate.
Initially sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud, however escapes with $2.3 million effective as a substitute. Messi — alongside together with his father Jorge Messi — was discovered responsible of defrauding Spain of $4.6 million between 2007 and 2009.
Scores a hat-trick in opposition to Bayern Munich to change into the primary participant to attain 100 Champions League objectives.
Scores his a hundredth Champions League purpose, reaching the milestone in fewer video games than Ronaldo. Solely he and Ronaldo have scored no less than 100 objectives within the competitors up to now.
First participant to win the Champions League 5 instances. He gained his first with Manchester United in 2008 earlier than profitable the competitors with Actual Madrid in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
At Russia 2018, turns into first man to attain in eight consecutive main worldwide tournaments.
On the age of 33, Ronaldo indicators for Italian staff Juventus in a reported $117 million switch deal.
Accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, who claims she was paid $375,000 to signal an NDA; case later dismissed. He denies the allegations.
Messi despatched off within the thirty seventh minute of the third-place Copa América playoff. He refuses to simply accept his third-place medal and receives a three-month ban from worldwide soccer in addition to a $50,000 effective.
Returns to Manchester United and finishes first season because the membership’s high purpose scorer. Relationship with staff implodes after explosive interview in November 2022.
Indicators on a two-year deal for French staff Paris Saint-Germain, bringing his long-term affiliation with Barça to an finish with the Catalan membership struggling financially.
Breaks worldwide scoring document with two objectives in opposition to Eire, taking his tally to 117 objectives in 191 internationals and cementing his standing as an all-time nice.
First individual to succeed in 400 million Instagram followers.
Wins document 164th Argentina cap and scores ninetieth worldwide purpose, transferring him to 3rd on the all-time males’s worldwide scoring chart.
Aiming to win a first World Cup after 4 failed makes an attempt. If he scores, he’ll change into the primary man to attain in 5 World Cups. He wants three extra objectives to overhaul Eusébio and change into Portugal’s all-time main scorer within the competitors.
Aiming to win a first World Cup after 4 failed makes an attempt. Ought to he take to the sector in Qatar, he’ll enter elite firm as solely three different gamers have beforehand competed at 5 World Cups.