Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons are getting tiresome

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Ask anyone to name the best player in the world and the names of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will inevitably crop up. The kingpins of Barcelona and Real Madrid have ruled the football roost for the last few years, pushing the bar as to what's possible in the game on an almost weekly basis.

Goals, assists, and more moments to get you out of your seat than it's possible to recall, there's absolutely no doubt that these two are on a complete other level to the rest of their peers. However, are the wider footballing family, dare we say it, getting tired of the battle? Bored even.


Ahead of tonight's game at Old Trafford between Argentina and Portugal, you'd have to conclude so. In a stadium that holds 75,000 supporters, only 20,000 tickets have been sold for a match that sees both players against each other for the first (and possibly only) time on English soil.

Surely that is reason enough to want to purchase a ticket, but the UK public have voted with their feet. Evidently the sight of seeing two players live, who've scored over 850 competitive goals between them, isn't enough to get the locals to part with their hard-earned.

It might be the only chance that some people get to see these giants of the game in action so it's a little concerning that so few supporters are willing to attend.

Perhaps both are victims of their own success. After all, when you're seeing the numbers that these guys are producing week in and week out, the impossible becomes ordinary and commonplace. Never before has the old adage "you don't know what you've got till you lose it" been more apt.


At the very most we have seven years to enjoy both of these incredible talents. By then Ronaldo will have already retired and Messi will be 34 and at the tail end of his career.

At this point in time, not only are both fit and firing but it's arguable that they are at the peak of their powers. Ronaldo's incredible scoring run from the start of this season has never been matched before, and Messi stands on the verge of becoming the all-time top scorer in La Liga.

Imagine telling your grandkids that you had the opportunity to go and watch both together on your doorstep but you didn't bother!

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