The debate to decide once and for all whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's best player continues to rage on, but the statistics prove that there is only one winner.
Real Madrid star Ronaldo is obviously a brilliant player. The Portugal international has turned from that skinny yet promising teenager we all saw make his Manchester United debut against Bolton in 2003 to an extraordinary powerful athlete capable of winning football matches on his own.
It's been a remarkable transformation and Ronaldo's hard work and dedication to attempting to become the world's best player has clearly paid off. To an extent, at least.
Because while Barcelona's Messi is around, Ronaldo will always need to settle for second best. That's nothing to be ashamed of, though. Messi is arguably the best player in football history. A genuine phenomenon.
Here's why Messi is the world's best player.
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