As 2013 draws to a close, one name is dominating the footballing world: Cristiano Ronaldo.
Just over a decade ago, the exact same thing could be said. While Cristiano's arch-nemesis is undoubtedly Lionel Messi, through sharing the same name and many of the same mercurial talents, a natural cross-generational comparison is that with the Brazilian Ronaldo.
This video captures the rare combination of speed and skill, and precision and power that these two supreme athletes and footballers possess(ed).
Younger fans unfortunate to have only witnessed El Phenemeno in his post-injury, overweight “El Gordo” years may side with Cristiano.
Those who witnessed the raw talent, the brutal displays of acceleration and attacking play of R9 circa 94-98 will surely feel that no one comes close.
The Brazilian Ronaldo was blessed with such a prestigious talent that were it not for his injuries, weight issues, and questionable professionalism, he could have been the greatest player of all time (he arguably was anyway).
He had an instinctive magic that allowed him to destroy some of the best defenders in history (last year, at 36-years-old Nesta effectively shackled Messi; in his prime, he could not handle R9).
Cristiano, in contrast, has taken significantly less raw talent and moulded himself into the complete attacker through sheer determination and dedication.
His consummate professionalism has transformed into a goalscoring and recordbreaking machine. Whoever you prefer, sit back and enjoy rom7ooo's brilliant tribute to two of the best footballers of the last 20 years.
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