Live graphic compares the eight best goal-scorers of our generation at the same age

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We truly are blessed to share the planet with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

While the debate over which of the two is is “better” will undoubtedly rage for decades to come, you simply can not deny that they are two of the most unreal talents the world has ever produced.

The duo has made the business of breaking records look like an absolute stroll and continue to plunder goals left, right and centre with terrifying ease.

When you think of what makes the beautiful game beautiful, these two immediately spring to mind.

They have cast a mighty shadow over the landscape of world football and many a sublime talent has had to make do with never being considered on their supreme level.

The likes of Wayne Rooney, Robert Lewandowski and Luis Suarez all boast unbelievable numbers but they simply don’t match up to Ronaldo and Messi.

However, a brilliant live graphic has emerged comparing the goalscoring exploits of the eight greatest hitmen of this generation at the same age and it puts it all into an interesting new light.

While Messi and Ronaldo are top of the pops now, the graphic shows that in their younger years, the likes of Sergio Aguero and Rooney were far more prolific.

Marvellous stuff.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the sheer volume of goals Aguero had notched before he even turned 22.

The Argentine was miles ahead of Messi and Ronaldo in his early years and, while his numbers have tapered off somewhat, surely has to be considered one of the greatest strikers alive.

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It is also interesting to see that Ronaldo’s big surge came a bit later in his career than it did for Messi but, once it kicked in, it never stopped.

In fact, the graphic shows that Ronaldo has managed to catch and overhaul Messi but the Argentine maestro, who has plenty of time on his side, won’t be concerned in the slightest.

Luis Suarez ends in third place with Lewandowski coming in fourth while the often heavily criticised Karim Benzema rounds out the list with a very impressive 293 goals to his name.

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Meanwhile, Gonzalo Higuain’s numbers don’t lie and show exactly why Chelsea hoped who would be the ideal man to solve the issues in front of goal.

With numbers in the heady 600's though, this really is Messi and Ronaldo’s planet and, quite frankly, it is very kind of them to share it with us.

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