We all have an opinion on whether Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi is the better footballer, but never allow your heated debates about the two footballers to lead to violence.
A shocking story has emerged today - per Spanish news agency EFE, and brought to our attention by the Mirror - describing how a fan of Ronaldo killed his friend (a Messi supporter) following a “heated discussion over the players’ respective merits”.
The incident, which happened in Nalasopara, in Mumbai, saw Messi supporter Obinna tragically lose his life after being attacked by a broken piece of glass.
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Local police chief Kiran Kabadi revealed that Obinna, who was celebrating his 34th birthday, threw a glass at Nwabu (the Ronaldo fan) but missed following their argument about the world’s two best players.
Nwabu then picked up the broken piece of glass and fatally wounded Obinna in his apartment. The 24-year-old has now been arrested.
Arguing whether Ronaldo or Messi is the better player is, ultimately, a futile exercise.
It’s all down to the opinion of the individual. But it’s undeniable that both players are the best of their generation.
Messi regarded by some as best player of all time
Messi secured a record-breaking fifth Ballon d’Or award in January following another remarkable calendar year with Barcelona.
The Argentina international is regarded by many as the greatest footballer of all time and is La Liga’s - as well as Barcelona’s - all-time leading goalscorer.
Ronaldo fans think he's more complete
Ronaldo, who has won three Ballon d’Or awards, is considered by his fans to be a more complete player than Messi.
The Portuguese superstar proved himself with Manchester United, winning multiple titles and the Ballon d’Or, before moving his game to a whole new level after joining Real Madrid in 2009.
Ronaldo boasts an absurdly good 1.05 goals-to-games ratio with Los Blancos and is the Spanish giants’ all-time top goalscorer.
The 31-year-old is also the leading scorer in the UEFA Champions League - seven goals ahead of second-placed Messi.
The two players have spurred each other on over the past seven years although their rivalry is one based on competitiveness rather than animosity.
Ronaldo admits Messi rivalry spurs him on
"I’m sure that the competition between us is a motivating factor for him too," Ronaldo told French magazine France Football, per the Mirror, in January 2015. "It’s good for me, for him and for other players who are keen to grow.
"Messi has four Ballon d'Or awards, I have three.
"This is all good for the world of football."
But after Messi won his fifth Ballon d’Or in January, it’s hard to imagine Ronaldo equalling his rival’s tally, never mind surpassing it.
Who will go down in history as the better player: Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? Have your say in the comments below!