Cristiano Ronaldo has been more of a complete player than anyone else in the world, for the last five years at least.
The 27-year-old can score from 40 yards, or from a cheeky backheel inside the box. He can dribble past defenders, score exceptional free-kicks, make mind-blowing assists, and he has skills that keep the spectators entertained and the opponent team's fans anxious.
His brilliant footwork allied with his tremendous pace makes him one of the most lethal goalscorers in the world. He trails a little behind the Argentine Lionel Messi when it comes to the collective game, but his individual technique is on a par with the greatest players of all-time. He has incredible physical strength and is great with headers too. He is a good leader.
Ronaldo has constantly performed, with the jeers of the crowd ringing in his ears, and silenced them on multiple occasions with his charisma. After playing his part in the sending off of Wayne Rooney in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2006, the winger became one of the most hated players in England. But this did not stop him from firing in goals for Manchester United, he became an unstoppable force and won it all with the team in the following years. He has also been booed by his home fans at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the Real Madrid stalwart never backed down.
Lionel Messi is from another planet when he wears that number ten jersey of Barcelona. It is almost impossible to ignore the value that he brings to the team. But can he perform the same playing for any other team in the world? Lionel Messi has grown up and is playing with the same team mates since he was 13. He has developed an understanding with his team mates which is quite visible on the field but will he be able to replicate the same performance when he plays out of his comfort zone? Cristiano has already proved his brilliance in this context with both Real Madrid and Manchester United.
While Messi might have won the Olympics gold in football at the Beijing games in 2008, he has otherwise failed to impress in the national shirt. We can’t imagine Barcelona getting thumped 4-0 , by any team in the world, under the reigns of Lionel Messi, but the same player in the Argentina uniform gave in and couldn’t prevent the result at the hands of Germany in the FIFA World Cup 2010 quarter finals. Whereas Ronaldo, over the years, has helped his team reach the Euro 2004 finals, semi-finals of Euro 2012, World Cup 2006 semi-finals.
Messi was crowned FIFA Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive time on January 7, 2013. Not all people agree with the votes of the captains, managers and the media of the countries under FIFA.
Some feel the image of Cristiano Ronaldo has been an important factor whenever he is pitched against Messi for this award. There are very few players in the footballing world who have a better work rate than Ronaldo. The man is programmed to play football, never stops playing, even gives his best in friendlies.
He does deserve recognition for his hard work and brilliance.