When it comes to football, the debate about who is the best never ends. On one side is soccer giant Lionel Messi, often called the ‘GOAT.’ On the other is Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner whose tenacity and dedication are his second. Whichever side you choose in this debate, their achievements speak for themselves. We’ll finally put all players’ stats and performances to settle the question. We’ve compared them and made a final list based solely on their performance.
1.LionelMessi – Paris Saint-Germain/Argentina
Lionel Messi is a true football legend and is often considered one of the greatest players ever to walk the field. At just 5 feet 9 inches tall, this PSG Argentine forward possesses unrivaled skill. His ability to battle defenders while dribbling, coupled with his incredible playmaking, passing, and finishing skills, could captivate viewers.
2. Robert Lewandowski – FC Barcelona/Poland
As captain of the Polish national team, he is admired by fans around the world for his impeccable positioning, technique, and finishing. Having won Poland’s Player of the Year award eight times, it’s no wonder many voted him as the superior striker in the world. His skills recently earned him the prestigious IFFHS World’s Best Top Goal Scorer award in 2022. This fantastic performance speaks to his ability and talent on the field.
3. Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint-Germain/France
Kylian Mbappé is a French footballer who plays as a forward for PSG and the French national team. He has been part of the national team France since 2017 and has twice won the Golden Ball as the best young player in the world. He also won the World Cup with France and helped his club PSG to the Ligue.
4.Cristiano Ronaldo– Al Nassr /Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the greatest athletes in the world. In a decade-long bid for the Ballon d’Or that Ronaldo won again this year, not only has he been Messi’s longtime rival, but his team regularly wins national and European honors, and he also became known as a goal-scoring machine. His technique and talent have drawn many new fans to the game, and his on-field beauty is often featured alongside Messi in discussions of modern football greats.
5. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City/Belgium international
The Belgian footballer has made waves in the Premier League and has been playing for Manchester City since 2016. His impressive game has made him one of the best players in the world. He possesses considerable strength, speed, agility, technique, and intelligence, making him an ideal midfielder. These skills have earned him coveted awards such as IFFHS Men’s World Team, UEFA Team of the Year, UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season, and ESM Team.