The Argentine talisman, Lionel Messi and his Portuguese archrival, Cristiano Ronaldo have both engraved their names into the history of football.
Already at the peak of their magnificent careers, these iconic stars are hailed around the world as the greatest talents of modern football.
The Barcelona sensation, Lionel Messi has emerged into the limelight of European football in spectacular fashion; known for his mesmerizing skills, sensational dribbling, and blazing speed, the Argentine has evolved into one of the game’s most illustrious stars.
The Barça phenomenon has been the talk of the football world, smashing momentous records and playing a lead role in Barcelona's trophy-laden years.
Not trailing far behind is the Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo; prominent for his deadly free-kicks, lightning speed and aerial dominance, Ronaldo has often been considered the most complete midfielder of the era.
His god-gifted talent, combined with his extraordinary physique, make him one of the world's most effective players.
Both of these living legends of football have proved exceptional in their own way, it is unquestionable that they are very best of the game.
In the endeavour to single out the best of all, a controversial debate arises – the most heated debate in all of football.
It is indeed difficult to determine the better of them when they exhibit such striking differences, yet both hitting previously unimaginable heights.
Some may match their voices with FIFA, lavishing praise on Lionel Messi for his mouth-watering magic, mind-blowing records and, perhaps most importantly, his moral excellence on the pitch and humble character.
Others may brand Cristiano Ronaldo as the true protagonist of modern football, boasting that his splendid free-kicks, spine-tingling headers and unrivalled speed are no match to the instincts of Messi.
Messi may not be the most physically imposing figure in football, but this fact has always been overshadowed by his fancy footwork, intriguing style and his excellence in teamwork.
Ronaldo's moral misdemeanours have undoubtedly been the greatest setback in his career. His disloyalty to his club and his lack of teamwork also adds to the growing number of reasons of why many people dislike the Portuguese.
Being the only player with the ability to change direction at full speed also means that the Argentine has a better control of the ball than ‘CR7’.
Though Ronaldo is virtually more proficient at headers due to his body build, there still remains a controversy reigning upon the prospect of who is the most effective at free kicks.
Ronaldo has won just a single Ballon D'or in 2009 – a stark contrast to Messi's consecutive four.
Ousting Ronaldo in the most prestigious award in football four times, it simply does not require anything more to determine the single most important figure in the game.
The acquisition of four golden boots, scoring five goals in a single match and becoming the highest scorer in the history of La Liga are just some of the world records established by Messi.
Rising through the ranks at FC Barcelona, Messi has become a symbol of the club and perhaps the most loyal player of his era.
He has always been a character of great morality on the pitch and is portrayed as the ideal model for young football enthusiasts to learn from.
There is no mistaking Messi’s dominance as the world’s greatest, especially when you consider the last four years of Ballon d’Or victories – voted for by captains and coaches throughout the football world.
The last four years have been an era dominated by this rising star and he is sure to write his name into the books of history with more records and dazzle football spectators with his perplexing skills for years to come.