Ronaldo is better than Messi
Commentary Munich – Cristiano Ronaldo triumphs again with Real Madrid in the Champions League. His success is a signal to his critics. The SPORT1 commentary. It is the question of conscience for every football fan: Who is the best in the world? Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? after Real Madrid’s clear 4-1 win over Juventus Turin in the Champions League final, my answer is Ronaldo. Even if it hurts, many fans are faithful to Messi. Many people are annoyed by Ronaldo’s peacockiness in comparison to Messis supposed humility. Me too. But at the moment there is no way around the realisation that Ronaldo Messi has run out of place, and for a long time it was a hare-and-hedgehog game between the two of them. At every milestone that Ronaldo reached, Messi already leaned relaxed and waited. But his lead in trophies and awards has been lost: four Champions League titles (three of them over the past four years), 105 goals in the top division alone, four world football titles and the fifth almost certainty – Ronaldo has equalled or outstripped the Argentinean in the statistics. It’s no wonder that the Portuguese rider has already won a major title with the national team, as opposed to Messi, and it’s no wonder that in the hour of Cardiff’s triumph his critics point to the sheer numbers, which is the only drawback of Ronaldo. He could long ago sit back and relax and let his work speak for itself. But sometimes he still seems like the pimply teenager who wants to show it to everyone who doesn’t believe in him. Before the final Lothar Matthäus had allowed himself to take a lead against Ronaldo. He’d dive too often in big finals. Ronaldo’s answer: Two goals in the final, ten in the last five games of the knockout round, while others accused Ronaldo of not being a leading player. Anyone who saw the injured superstar jumping up and down on the sidelines a year ago at the European Championship finals in Paris with his knees bandaged thickly as a “co-trainer” knows that this is also not true. Ronaldo is just horny on goals. Disparaging gestures in the absence of pretending speak for this childish addiction to happiness. It’s almost impossible to find a former player who complains about Ronaldo. 32 is the former player. There is no indication of a near end to his unique career. Why should he should, now that he’s finally finished playing the hare and hedgehog game with Leo Messi.