For more than a decade, seeing Lionel Messi in order has certainly meant seeing Cristiano Ronaldo, next to him or in front of him. For over 10 years, the two players have competed for nearly every singles trophy, winning 12 gold balls between them (7 for Messi versus 5 for Ronaldo). But at the start of the season, the dynamics of the players are no longer the same.
Indeed, since the beginning of the season, Lionel Messi has flown. Both in the Argentine national team and with his club Paris Saint-Germain. The Argentine, at this year’s World Cup, appears to be in full possession despite his 35-year-old age. Furthermore, during his last 13 matches with Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain, he scored 10 goals and provided 8 assists.
He is the complete opposite of his eternal rival. After a mixed season on a team level but very successful on a personal level, Cristiano Ronaldo has had a chaotic start to the season. At Manchester United, he came on as a substitute under Ten Hag. Holder is in Portugal, struggling to find his way into the net. In the 8 matches he played this season, the Portugal international has scored only one goal, from a penalty kick, and has not provided any assists.
Sad statistics that Cristiano Ronaldo is not accustomed to, which confirms that Messi has surpassed him this season. Unless the Portuguese reverse everything over the next few months. We’re used to rising from the ashes, and that’s all his fans expect from him.