May 22nd, 2012
04:39 PM ET

Who are European football's 'Most Valuable Players?'

Juventus, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund all celebrated titles this season. (Getty Images)
Juventus, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund all celebrated titles this season. (Getty Images)

I have finally been able to catch my breath after what was a dramatic Champions League final weekend in Munich, which capped off an exciting finish to the European club campaign.

Before we all get into Euro 2012 mode, I wanted to look back at the season that was and pick out the star performers. Below is my list of the most valuable players in each of the top four leagues.

Spain

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (center) – He led Real Madrid to their first title in four years and he did it in style, scoring some spectacular goals. He finished the season with 46 goals and 12 assists, but you can’t use just numbers to describe the influence he had on Los Blancos. He was the heart and soul of the title-winning side and out-performed Messi in the key game between the two sides at the Camp Nou in April.

2. Lionel Messi (left) – A record 50 goals in La Liga for the Argentine phenomenon, who was once again sublime. We are running out of adjectives to describe the 24-year-old, who continues to get better and better. Messi loses out to Ronaldo because Barcelona lost out to Real Madrid.

3. Radamel Falcao (right) – The best pure striker in the world as far as I am concerned. He is a cross between Ivan Zamorano, Hugo Sanchez and Gabriel Batistuta. "El Tigre" can score from anywhere and he singlehandedly kept Atletico Madrid in the hunt for a Champions League spot. If it weren’t for the Colombian and his 24 league goals, Los Colchoneros would have struggled to finish in the top half.

England

1. Yaya Toure (center) – Manchester City would not have won the Premier League title without the Ivory Coast international. No chance. Even if you forget the two vital goals he scored in the penultimate game against Newcastle, his presence was decisive during his side’s title run. Yaya is the kind of player you can count on when a game is on the line. He always knows what to do with the ball and his experience and class make him one of the top midfielders on the planet.

2. Robin Van Persie (left) – Arsenal should do everything and more to keep RVP at the club. Pay him whatever he wants, give him a title of Sir or Lord, because without him the London club would have been a mediocre mid-table side this season. Arsene Wenger has to build a team around the Dutchman, even if he is about to turn 30. Van Persie played every Premier League game this season and scored 30 goals. Arsenal desperately need him to stay.

3. Sergio Aguero (right) – His fantastic strike in the final seconds of the campaign clinched Manchester City's first title in 44 years, and that alone would have been good enough for him to be in contention for Player of the Season award. However, the Argentine did so much more in his first year in England. He was a constant threat to every defense in the league and opened spaces for his fellow strikers to shine.

Germany

1. Robert Lewandowski (center) – Probably the best Polish forward since the legendary Zbigniew Boniek. Lewandowski has proven in the last two seasons that he is among the best finishers in the world, winning consecutive league titles with Borussia Dortmund. At 23, the sky is the limit for this talented front man. He scored the only goal in the huge Bundesliga clash with Bayern in April and netted a hat-trick against the Bavarians in the German Cup final.

2. Marco Reus (left) – He is fast, he is skilful and he has an eye for goal. Reus is one of the most exciting prospects in German football and he has just earned a big-money move to Dortmund. Don’t expect fans of Monchengladach to be bitter. Reus’ 18 league goals led them to fourth place and a chance to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

3. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (right) – After disappointing stints with Real Madrid and AC Milan, “The Hunter” has once again confirmed his goalscoring credentials at Schalke 04. The Dutchman netted 29 goals in the Bundesliga this season, helping his side finish third in the table.

Italy

1. Andrea Pirlo (center) Like fine wine, the midfielder gets better with age. He was picked up for free by Juventus from Milan and marshaled the midfield with superb class and style. Pirlo led Serie A in assists, with 13, and was the main reason why the Old Lady lifted the Scudetto for the first time since 2003.

2. Claudio Marchisio (left) – After being farmed out for a couple of years, Marchisio finally became the player Juventus always hoped he would be. His nine goals were second best in the team and he added skill and speed to a midfield which already had style (Pirlo) and grit (Arturo Vidal).

3. Sebastian Giovinco (right) – I could have picked Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 28 league goals, but since Milan failed to win the Scudetto, I have gone for the diminutive Parma forward. The former Juve youngster has come good at the Enio Tardini and finished the season in double figures in goals and assists. Look out for him to make a move to a big club in Europe this summer.

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  1. jumpingpolarbear

    Messi. End of Story :)

    May 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  2. Abiola

    Ronaldo is favourity 4 word best dis season

    May 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  3. Charles

    Messi is number one in the world. Three titles already secured this season and an additional one coming on the 25th. Ronaldo is good and hard working, but messi is better and has more natural football skills. In my opinion, Messi will still retain the world player of the year.

    May 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  4. THA

    Messi loses out to Ronaldo because Barcelona lost to Madrid? Really? That's absurd. How about all the times Barcelona thrashed Madrid? Madrid just defeated Barcelona; Barcelona have humiliated them on countless occasions in the recent past. Considering Messi's records, and his spirit on the field, Ronaldo doesn't even come close to his level of awesomeness. I used to be a CR7 fan, but then I saw class, commitment, humility and pure talent in Messi- something I have never seen before in any player. Messi>>>>>>>>Ronaldo.

    May 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  5. Bader

    definitely Messi

    May 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  6. some dude

    Who made this list? After Spain he seems to have run out of ... well, i don't know what.

    May 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  7. Xainu

    respect for all good players but there is no one like Messi.

    May 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  8. markogb

    Messi Messi Meeeesssssi

    May 22, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply
  9. vispond

    From one Portuguese to another Portuguese...right Pinto?

    May 22, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  10. Grecian

    Messi not #1? You dumb

    May 22, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  11. Kobina

    Ronaldo trumps Messi this time round. Messi has been hugely favoured in times past because he's pure talent and class but let's face it, this season he's been a bit jaded. Who won't be? Playing four seasons in a row without any major injuries and only little vacation. The number of goals are misleading as it's converges on few games that he scored 3,4,5 etc. he also went on scoreless streaks and getting to the latter end of the campaign, as Barca lost hope of catching up on Madrid, they started playing for only him to score. Racking up 2/3rds of Barca's goals is a terrible statistics for a team but great personal achievements.

    Ronaldo on the other hand, scored against EVERY La Liga team this season, a record in La Liga season and led the goal king chart till late in the season when Barca concentrated their efforts on Messi winning the pichichi. Madrid could have done same but like Ronaldo said, he's won it before so won't want to win it at all cost to the detriment of the team. Ronaldo deserves to be number 1 this season. He's earned it.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  12. Araz

    Pedro Pinto, stop portugese propoganda. Lionel is the best. also please report number of assists that Messi made. But Ronaldo is also an excellent player but just that Messi is mercurial, voila!

    May 23, 2012 at 12:06 am | Reply
  13. chidiebere

    messi is good but Ronaldo is better this time,and has shown more hunger for it.

    May 23, 2012 at 12:16 am | Reply
  14. jerJoE

    I love footbal. I follow La Liga, Premiet League, Serie A and Bundesliga and what Messi does cannot be compare. CR7 is the fastest player dribling, he runs really fast, and is phyzically superior to Messi. However Messi is better becaue not been so pysically gifted he plays REAL FOOTBALL he plays for a TEAM. This little guy makes ANYONE to look great with what he does. Again, I just love football...

    May 23, 2012 at 12:16 am | Reply
  15. Francineudo

    o melhor é messi.

    May 23, 2012 at 12:27 am | Reply
  16. Stephen Kelly

    C'mon, there's Messi, then a big gap, then everyone else with CR7 at the front of the pack.

    May 23, 2012 at 12:44 am | Reply
  17. Stainless Figueiredo

    Lady's and gentleman's welcome to messi world, pure, simple and 100% best football ever...

    May 23, 2012 at 1:01 am | Reply
  18. Ania

    Nice to see Robert Lewandowski recognized, he's got an amazing future ahead!

    May 23, 2012 at 1:26 am | Reply
  19. Teddy

    Pedro Pinto must not be much of a Serie A fan. I can't claim to know Bundesliga players well, but I am well acquainted with Serie A. Pirlo is a quality player going through a false second spring. Juventus didn't play in Europe this year, and the long rests were kind to his fragile health. He will be exposed for the butterfly he is next campaign. Marchisio is a solid player, but certainly not in the realm of MVP conversation for a league. Lavezzi for Napoli was clearly the difference maker for that side; when he was on the pitch Napoli's goal average went up dramatically. Cavani was equally brilliant as a clinical finisher; their chemistry together (and Lavezzi's injury difficulties) were the prime difference makers as to where they finished on the table. Di Natale is the heart of the Udinese attack, and has been so for years. KP Boateng at Milan was a huge difference maker when on the pitch; perhaps not enough to be considered an MVP on the list, but certainly more influential than Marchisio. I mean, c'mon: Mr. Pinto mention names like a juventino fanboy or someone who only watches Serie A when Juventus plays, but he left out Vidal and Chiellini.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:28 am | Reply
  20. Ben

    who scored record high 50 goals in La Liga this season ??? Who scored record high 72 goals this season in all competition ??? Who has won three consecutive Ballons d'Or. Who has won FIFA World Player of the Year award??? Who has won UEFA Best Player in Europe Award??? It is foolish to compare Messi with anyone in the soccer world. Messi, Messi, Messi !!!

    May 23, 2012 at 1:46 am | Reply
  21. Acydo

    Messi plays, beatiful, elegant, creative football. Messi gives us fans great, sublime spectacle. Let the rest, great playes, compete among themselves. Messi plays, he does not compete.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:29 am | Reply
  22. Paulo Da Silva

    i don't even see the point on debating on this topic! so lets just enjoy the beautiful game than debating which player is better than the other!

    May 23, 2012 at 5:08 am | Reply
  23. sunil

    Messi loses out to Ronaldo because Barcelona lost to Madrid? if the only game defins a level of player like messi then watch previous matches then u'll know who have done extremly well in big matchess. In this season also messi is in a presure to handle all the strike force of BArca due to lack of effective counter part but also he has done it with 72 goals in all compitation which is much more higher then the goal scored by the other barca players. Wining trouphy is result of a team in which Real Madrid beat Barca this season but if we have to compare individual player then i didn't see any confusion coz MESSI has proven himself as he is the BEST OF THE BEST.

    May 23, 2012 at 7:34 am | Reply
  24. dragon

    Ronaldo>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Messi

    May 23, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply
  25. kayode

    definitely Messi!!!

    May 23, 2012 at 9:32 am | Reply
  26. kenyan

    chritiano!!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
  27. george

    Messi is second to none in soccer!!!. Period.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
  28. shushan

    one la liga and already the best in the world? better than messi? well players of man city made the history, how about them then? i think messi is artistic, intelligent, the impact he has in the game is second to none, ronaldo is more about power, that's all. i still don't know why pinto is advocating all the time for ronaldo, patriotism? hopefully they will accept this comment...unlike last time..

    May 23, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
  29. isaac

    Ronaldo is the best in the world.It does not matter the number of goals,assists etc that a player has but whether all that resulted in a major throphy."

    Ronaldo more than helped R.M win the la liga this season and even in the crucial game at the Bernabeu,he outshined Messi and scored.

    Ronaldo Ronaldo Ronaldo.If there is any justice in football, then CR will be the BEST IN THE WORLD.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
  30. Paul Joahm

    I totally agree with this picks!

    Top 2012 best players in the world:

    1 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Golden Ball – deserves it)
    2 – Lionel Messi (Great season but didn't any major trophy)
    3 – Yaya Toure
    5 – Falcao
    4 – Van Persie

    May 23, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
  31. Horacio

    These are players recognized for their contribution to their teams so Ronaldo must win since he finished ahead of Messi. Messi may be a better player overall, but last season Ronaldo was the most influential in Real's title winning side.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
  32. pedro

    & what about portugal?...
    =:-(

    May 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  33. poret

    surely Van Persie, he had an excellent form last season scoring 30 premier league gaol.

    May 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  34. Italy1976

    Undoubtably Messi is the most natural gifted player on earth, but for me Ronaldo is the best player in the world, for the simple reason that he has proven to be a champion in another major league (Premier League) as well, winning everything there is to win...i would like to see Messi play in another league (different speed, team tactics, defense etc) and see if he can reach the same level as in Barcelona...

    May 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  35. GABRIEL GANA

    1 Cristiano Ronaldo
    2 van persie.
    3. messi
    4. yahaya toure
    5 Falcao

    May 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  36. Jose fernandez

    Ronaldo is the best, do any one knows that messi is a big zero wen it comes in the air. Messi is good only for himsel but Ronaldo is not selfish so CR7 best in world

    May 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  37. Onama Charles Balli

    Robin Van Persie is the best all time striker who brought Arsenal from a poor start of the 2011/2012 season to third position

    May 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  38. O. UMONDAK

    Ronaldo is very good but is only unlucky to exist at the same time as MESSI. Messi is just too good. Even if Maradona was playing at this time , Messi would still have been better.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  39. Yinka

    Messi is a great ftballer but cr7 just deserve to win world best,cos he proved it this season.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  40. jsmith

    Ronaldo is the best player in the world. I have seen a Ronaldo as Sporting crack, Man United champion, Real Madrid champion! Excelent performances, different teams, different countries. What about Messi ?? Iniesta and Xavi working hard to serve the dwarf... it easy that way... Ronaldo push all the team !

    May 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  41. gary

    72 goals 14 champion league goals 50 lali goals 5 in a champion league game lead his team in assist all are record 3 titles an a possible 4 might not b significant but if this cant convince u then there is noting he can do that will

    May 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  42. Mickey

    Definitely Messi. All this talk about not winning la Liga means nothing, because before la Liga Messi has already won 3 trophies this season, and is waiting for the 4th one. If Barca wins Copa del Rey, what will Mr. have to say then, because both players played in that competition. What I think is that RM meant the la Liga so much that they intentionally dropped the King's Cup to concentrate. Surely, in real footballing sense, I think the man who single handedly carried his team when it became clear that all other players were fatigued for playing too many games was Messi. He made more assists and scored more goals than CR. Simply Messi.

    May 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  43. gasper

    who is Ronaldo to messi,cup or no cup is always messi

    May 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  44. Jõao

    1-Ronaldo
    2-Falcao
    3-Hulk

    BEST TEAM IN WORLD FC PORTO

    May 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  45. damian

    Ronaldo is the best he deserve it.

    May 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  46. samy

    Some guys arguing that messi scored more goals than ronaldo and messi should win baloon d'or this season too... I ask all of you to look into last year wherein cr7 outscored messi but it was argued that his goals counted for nothing. So, this time around cristiano ronaldo deserves it as messi did nothing in important matches of CL/La liga and scored useless goals after the title is decided. CR7 all the way! Moreover, CR7 scored every opposition in la liga this year. A feat never achieved by anyone so far

    May 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  47. alehandro

    Messi or Ronaldo. Pepsi or Coke. It all comes down to personal taste. Both were sensational, but this season Ronaldo shaded it because he was a winner and that's why the play he game. Just one
    other comment concerning a player who wasn't among the top 3 in his league according to the author. Vincent Kompany was the primary reason that Man. City won the Premier League. He stopped goals, he scored goals, he marshaled the troops, and his presence was the foundation on which many of City's successes were built. I know defenders usually play second fiddle to the glamor boys up front, but the Belgian is much more than just a stopper and for me would be near the top of any list purporting to highlight the men of the season.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  48. cigge

    Ronaldo is best

    May 24, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply
  49. cigge

    1 CR
    2 RVP
    3 Messi
    4 Falcao
    5 Yaya Toure

    May 24, 2012 at 12:19 am | Reply
  50. Jake

    Messi is still the best. the fact that Barcelona lost the second el classico is nothing. Do you recall Barcelona also beat them in the first run. mess is and will forever be ahead of c ronaldo. keep it up angel Messi

    May 24, 2012 at 1:44 am | Reply
  51. Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Messi, Ronaldo and Vincent Kompany

    May 24, 2012 at 5:50 am | Reply
  52. Niamatullah'Ghousi'

    In all over the world Messi is the top and all time record breaker.

    May 24, 2012 at 6:31 am | Reply
  53. Archie Plinger

    "Messi loses out to Ronaldo because Barcelona lost out to Real Madrid". What Pinto really means is Messi loses out to Ronaldo because Messi is Argentinian and Ronaldo is Portuguese!

    May 24, 2012 at 7:31 am | Reply
  54. Rasta

    Wat a blind argumennt from ONE-EYED people..Wit all due respect.. Ronaldo is good, but it is quiet unfortunate that he exist thesame time as Messi.. U cannot compare a 4 cylinder engine 2 a V-8 or V-12.. U first have 2 compare Ronaldo 2d likes of Iniesta, Aguero, Falcao, Tevez b4 u talk about MESSI. Such comparism is an insult of d highest order 2 Messi. He outclasses Ronaldo!!! Can Ronaldo dribble past 5 players & a keeper b4 scoring?? ASK URSELVES..Messi does things Ronaldo does, but ROnaldo cannot do wat MESSI does..To all those dreamers wake up & stop betraying ur conscience.. U can promote Ronaldo cos u r his fans..But reality is miles away from u..GEt delivered from ur illusions... Welldone Messi.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:09 am | Reply
  55. jsmith

    1 – Ronaldo (Champion)
    2 – Falcao (Europa League)
    3 – Drogba (Champions league)

    where are the messi's titles ?? ops...

    May 24, 2012 at 9:40 am | Reply
  56. Stop this madness

    Messi is better than Ronaldo Q.E.D.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
  57. jsmith

    Ronaldo is the best player in the world.
    But Falcao is very good as well.

    May 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  58. donadoni

    anything you write against ronaldo and for messi, pedro pinto will not accept or publish it, for the third time, they have not accepted my comments, no democracy? i used to watch his sports program, but no more.....

    May 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  59. HAHA

    You know what pedro, maybe kobe isn't the best because lakers won't win it this year. Maybe Bolt isn't the best because of the DQ at the world champions. I absolutely understand you're logic Pinto. You're analyses never fail to raise the hair on the back of my neck.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  60. HAHA

    I will admit that you aren't the only one Pedro.... football fans do use weird logic...

    May 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  61. JohnO

    Furthermore, how can put Ronaldo above Messi when you state: "Most valuable players".
    Just the fact that Messi scores 50 in la liga and 72 in overall competitions, makes him already surpass Ronaldo...

    May 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  62. mahmoud

    pinto you can compare aguero with van persie but not ronaldo with messi they both have different style however now messi is better

    May 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  63. Tony Fantillo

    Messi without any question...you have to look at the whole person not just the ability to score which he has...Messi is selfless, is a team player and is the ultimate finisher...Ronaldo has the skills but is short on a balanced temper and plays his "prima donna" card far too frequently...there you have it...messi all the way!

    May 24, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  64. Tony Fantillo

    As for the others, one would have to judge and compare them by the position they play, ie strikers for strikers; midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers...

    May 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  65. paul

    Ronaldo and Messi are great players. They understand the game. Messi won almost all the titles in the world. Ronaldo cries when he did get a al. I was shocked when he said he was better than Messi. Is it because Real Madrid won La Liga this year? Messi is the best. Ronaldo needs to stop promoting himself.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  66. paul

    Messi is only 24. Ronaldo is 27. Messi won many trophies than Ronaldo. Is it because Ronaldo won La Liga this year ? Ronaldo IS NOT THE BEST. He needs to shut up and play better to reach where Messi is.I heard that comment from Real Madrid'S coach that Ronaldo was better than Messi. What is going on in the heads of JOSE M and CR7???? Messi will always sleep upstairs while Ronaldo sleeps in the basement.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  67. soares

    messi 100%

    May 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  68. byford

    messi and barcelona are boring... i prefer action! ronaldo and madrid are top! much better

    May 25, 2012 at 9:34 am | Reply
  69. Ekies

    Well to you have to take a good look at some of these players listed here they don't perform when it matters most...but players like the Deadly DD.(DROGBA) are players you can always rely on when ever they are on the pitch playing. both in big games or small teams though he might not have the skills but he will always trouble any defense and he will never stop scoring.

    May 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  70. Funke

    It is ronaldo. I love his style

    May 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  71. Carlos

    Messi is still better. Beyond technical ability where they are close but Ronaldo lacks the magic Messi has, the play attitude factor is definitive. Messi plays for the team to win and Ronaldo plays for the camera, lives for the camera.

    May 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  72. Carlos

    Real Madrid's championship is mainly Mourinho's achievement, not Ronaldo's. Player level, Messi is still better, and it will stay like that the more wow Ronaldo tries to look.

    May 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  73. Carlos

    And sure, they will probably give Ronaldo the best player award, but it will be only to balance things up, to make them more interesting.

    May 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  74. FXS

    Thanks to all those who really understand soccer and quality player attributes. You have proven that CNN has gotten Spain's #1 and #2 in the wrong order.

    May 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  75. Clara

    No objectivity Mr. Pinto, what a pity. Do you even try?
    Those who love football, like football and understand football choose MESSI.

    May 26, 2012 at 7:20 am | Reply
  76. Munyuki Manatsa

    I am for Christiano and Yaya

    May 26, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
  77. Alfred

    Yiu want to compare Ronaldo to Messi?? Noooo... your not supposed to be here, go to a football school and learn football. Messi is uncomparable. A BIG FULL STOP.

    May 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  78. humblelion. Nigeria

    Between the three contenders in the Barclay's premiere league,the most outstanding player there is Robin van Persie,He showed great skills you cant find anywhere in the league.Beter than Yaya, or Aguero.

    May 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  79. B. sumo

    I love Messi and Ronaldo, really messi is the best.

    May 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  80. Lawrence

    If the fact that Ronaldo scored the decisive goal against Barca which helped real win La Liga makes him better than Messi, then Drogba is the worlds best this season because he scored all the decisive goals that helped Chelsea become champions of Europe for the first time! You can't judge by just one game, you have to look at the entire season wholistically, Messi won four trophies this season to Ronaldo's one and he broke all scoring records ever set. Please, Ronaldo's good but if I were a football coach, I'd rather have Messi in my team. The young man is everything you want in a footballer, plus he makes a great role model because of his humble disposition. Messi's the best, by miles!

    May 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  81. Docchiro99

    I feel that Messi is a more complete player because he always attempt to assist other in scoring whereas CR7 hardly assiist anyone to score as he prefer to score all the goal himself. When Messi score a goal, he raise his hands to salute the greater power of the universe whereas CR7 shows his muscle power by pointing at his quadriceps or he punches his pectoral muscles to describe how great he has been in scoring a goal. He brag too much about himself and he lacks humility. He must learn from Messi how to be humble. Messi is a player from a different planet and we should not even bother to make any comparison between them. By the way Mr. Pinto, why did you not mention the number os assist Messi accomplished as you did for CR7?

    May 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  82. Ike

    Messi came from the Heavens, Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal. Messi is #1, Ronaldo is perhaps #2!

    May 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  83. Amanuel Babu

    C.Ronaldo must work hard to be on the same level with MESSI.This is absolute reality!

    May 27, 2012 at 4:54 am | Reply
  84. Leonardinho_5

    You haven't listed any defenders or goalkeepers and very few midfielders; would Messi be able to perform so well without Xavi's oversight and excellent passes? I don't think so. If you are really going to indulge in this kind of hypothetical tomfoolery, Pinto, select a full team based on MVP criteria and you may be surprised at the result. The dynamics are in the teamwork. Strikers more often than not rely on team members to set them up with scoring chances. Goals are exhilirating and sometimes executed with the kind of artistic flair one would expect of a Falcao, but it should not distract from the fact that it takes a lot of players to move the ball from one goalpost to the other. And there is a last man standing that face bullets coming at him at 36 m/s, often with a wicked spin that makes it difficult to judge it's flight path. Strikers alone don't win matches.

    May 27, 2012 at 10:54 am | Reply
  85. Dma

    You put Giovinco on the list for Italy and not Cavani? Why not learn something about European soccer before commenting on it. Stick to your Red Bulls-

    May 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  86. frank

    To be frank, if CHRISTIANO RONALDO does not win this year's Best World Player Award then there is nothing meritorious on this planet of ours. He actually beat Messi to the award when He singlehandedly marshaled all the forces in REAL MADRID to defeat super Barcelona in the Laliga decider. He more than Deserves the CROWN this year. No C- RONALDO no Best World Player Award this year.

    May 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  87. Dmalify

    1. Messi
    2. CR-7
    3. Falcao

    England you totally messed up:
    1.Aguero
    2. RVP
    3.Yaya Toure

    May 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  88. bunklesbaby

    To be forthright Messi has an edge over Ronaldo as far as events unfolded in the recently concluded season

    May 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  89. tenor

    well Mr Pedro, i always love reading your article. but when it comes down to MESSI – RONALDO, you always slightly favour your countryman. I find it bit ridiculous, considering your status and calibre. Messi is Messi, he can not be compared to any other player. Please do not tarnish your status by being bias.

    May 27, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  90. thanu

    Ronaldo

    May 28, 2012 at 6:44 am | Reply
  91. pick

    best world leonel andrea messi

    May 28, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
  92. Aftab

    well, pedro pinto the same guy who said city will not win the premiere league, how come they won it now,, correct your thoughts mate, messi is the thing now

    May 28, 2012 at 9:00 am | Reply
  93. andy

    is obvious that football fans will like to acknowledge who they favor in sporting activities.. but if we will ever compare CR-7 N MESSI we are doing justice to football..I like CR-7 because he's outstanding, consistent n determined but unlike MESSI his success story is FIVE consecutive years he's meant to rule the soccer arena!! CR-7 is good but MESSI is better n awesome!!! WORLD BEST FOR THE FORTH TIME messi..

    May 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  94. Mark Biram

    messi is the best player in the world by a country mile. ronaldo will do nothing at the euros again.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  95. deFacto

    Why has Messi run out to Ronaldo, because Barca came second in the league after Real?

    What about winning the FIFA World Cup?
    (Real can't even qualify for this tournament)

    World Champions = Barca
    European Champions = Chelsea
    Spanish Champions = Real (defeating & LOSING to Barca)
    Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) = Barca (defeating Real)
    UEFA Super Cup Winners = Barca
    Spanish Super Cup Winners = Barca (defeating Real)

    or

    Barca won 4 out og 6 possible tournamens this season
    Real won 1 out of 5 possible tournaments this season

    &

    Messi has set a new world record for scoring the most goals in a season = 73 + a new record in La lIga = 50

    May 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  96. Cameo

    Barca has in this season also won the FIFA Club World Championship, and you have to first win the UEFA European Club Championship in order to attend the FIFA tournament (which Real hasn't been able to Ronaldo or not) + in this season Barca has also won Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) the UEFA Super Cup & Spanish Super Cup.

    And is it only these things that determines it, Messi has no matter what (currently) still made the most goals, has a better efficiency and made the most assists including setting a new World Record for most goals in a season, beating Gerd Müllers incredibily goal scoring record.

    So measured on titles this season + individual stats Messi v Ronaldo =
    1)Messi = FIFA Club World Championship, Copa del Rey Winner (or runners up), Spanish championship runners up, UEFA Super Cup Winner & Spanish Super Cup Winner.
    + New world record for most goals in a season, and more assists and better effectivity in terms of goals in relation to trial (incl. topscorer in the UEFA European Club Championship & the Spanish championship).
    2)Ronaldo = Spanish championship Winner.

    = Messi is the best.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  97. Mark Parent

    Cristiano outplayed Messi in 1 key game in April against Barça, but Messi outplayed Cristiano in the other 5 match-ups of Barça vs. Real Madrid. Apart from being an incredible goal-scorer (he scored a record-setting 73 goals in all competitions), Messi is a much better team player. Remember also, Madrid bagged 1 trophy, La Liga, this year, Messi led Barça to bag 4 trophies!

    May 28, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  98. binanci

    ronaldo>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>messi

    May 28, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  99. sxs

    i think messi and ronaldo are the best but ronaldo has most followrs than messi

    May 29, 2012 at 2:25 am | Reply
  100. practicalgal

    Of course Ronaldo is #1. That's why I have his soccer shirt. ;-)

    May 29, 2012 at 3:34 am | Reply

  101. messi 梅西

    May 29, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
  102. Paul

    Messi broke some major records this year. Gerd's record has stood for four decades, until 2012. Messi also broke the Barcelona official all-time scroring record. Barcelona missed Villa, if he was in Barcelona would tip the scales and be UCL winners again.

    May 29, 2012 at 7:30 am | Reply
  103. Ibe

    MESSI is the best player to have ever kicked a ball, then there's zidane, Ronaldinho etc before C Ronaldo. As for this season the figures are there for everyone to see.

    May 29, 2012 at 8:40 am | Reply
  104. mike

    Messi this, Messi that. He is great, but Ronaldo gets the nod because his team did win the championship this year. Guess all these Messi lovers didn't watch the Championship League finals where Messi was invisible, completely shut down. He choked, period.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  105. Kiên

    c.ronaldo is most striker in the world...

    May 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  106. Michael

    messi is good but Ronaldo is better this Season, and has shown more hunger for it. CR7 World Best No two ways about it because he has out shined Messi this season..

    May 29, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  107. Michael

    Why cant Messi apply the same playing force in his Country National Team? Argentina Hosted Copa America 2011 but were knocked out by Uruguay Luis Suarez won the best Player LG Copa America 2011 Ahead of Messi????. The reason why Messi is ex-ordinary is because he is playing in the best team in the world. If Messi is truly good, he should leave Barcelona FC and move elsewhere and let see if he can do such magic in another clubs like Manchester City, Arsenal Liverpool. Ronaldo has proved himself already in the English League now doing the same Magic in the Spanish La Liga Ronaldo all the way…..

    May 29, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  108. Easy

    I hate to admit, Messi is still the best although i would have prefered Ronaldo

    May 29, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  109. Justin

    Ronaldo...

    Because it`s true that Real Madrid can acheive the La Liga title owing to him...

    Even though Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Iguain made over-40 goals for Real, that`s because many opponent DFs had focused on Ronaldo and both of Karim and Gonzalo relatively had a rather spacious space as attacking spearheads...That`s the effect of virtuous circle generated from Cristiano...

    So I think in terms of the result of this season, Ronaldo has worth to be the World Player of the Year...

    May 30, 2012 at 1:17 am | Reply
  110. Mccolonel

    Ronaldo is the man.... love you

    May 30, 2012 at 8:11 am | Reply
  111. Ruknutts

    Ronaldo is a much better player, yes Messi is very good too, but he has a much better team to support him. If Messi had to work as hard as Ronaldo
    he would be just an average player. You will see the real Messi when he is with his National side, not barcelona. A great player can play with any team and still perform, this is not the case with Messi.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:53 am | Reply
  112. Nsajigwa Mwasokwa SisiKwaSisi

    "Ronaldo is very good but is only unlucky to exist at the same time as MESSI. Messi is just too good. Even if Maradona was playing at this time , Messi would still have been better"...
    someone has written this above, and is quite right. Louis Figo was good (indeed better than christiano)...so was tiery henry de lima and rivardo...but there was ZINEDINE ZIDANE the magic one, who outdistanced them all...christiano and all other good players of this generation faces the same dillema faced by figo and other before zidane.messi is that zidane of this age...just superhumanly good!!
    Nsajigwa Dar es salaam Tanzania

    May 31, 2012 at 8:00 am | Reply
  113. Toyin

    Pedro pinto is spot on on this issue.messi,a fine player.CR7 a complete player.we know the number of sensless penalties awarded to barca which increased the goal tally of messi.CR7,a god.

    May 31, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
  114. Nduka N.

    lets face this fact between CR7 and Messi once and for all....lets put sentiment apart, look at this way, Messi has been playing only with barca till now, he have not played in any other team or even in another country...CR-7 have actually proved why he can not be compared with messi in any aspect of football. messi is just a club material, went to world and failed, played...Ronaldo can do better than messi if he was in barca. Barca is equally the spanish team, what have messi done in the argentina national team.....lets try him in another league b4 comparing him with lord of football, CR7. Ronaldo proved himself with sporting Lisbon, manchester united and Real madrid....FIFA, shine ur eyes this time...u have favoured mess enough

    June 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  115. Megster

    Haters will hate but Messi WILL WIN his 4th Balon D'Or on January.

    June 2, 2012 at 7:32 am | Reply
  116. Chi

    Facts being presented shows that CR7 has scored against almost all the teams in La liga this season. Meaning that he was consistent in all the games he played this season for such to happen. His assist has also improved,coupled with the the fact that he was a better big game player than Messi this season. Messi was found wanting in many big/small games this season e.g. classicos,Chelsea Home and away etc... whilst CR7 held his own even in defeat.

    June 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  117. Mateo07

    A portuguese choosing a portuguese is never credible! Messi is a better player in all parts of the game except shooting at distance. That's not really a question anymore. It doesn't matter who won the leauge or who scored most during the season, the way he play says it all. Messi is dominant as central midfielder, as winger and as a central forward. He works over the whole pitch, in defence, creating the attacks, he is scoring and he makes a lot of assists for his team mates. There is really no one like him!

    June 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  118. Jose

    Easy to say that messi is the best when he's got andres iniesta and xavi pulling the strings. CR7 has already proven that he can be champion in both the premier league and la liga. I would like to see messi in the premier league or any other league without xavi and iniesta

    June 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  119. vick

    ronnie is the best. he won the la liga and he was the heart beat of madrid. if messi is gud he shuld leave barca. mtcheeew

    June 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  120. yosz

    To be world player of the year Cristiano should be born again.It is not a question that Messi is the best ever.To the Cristiano here it is time to prove so many things,and a simple homework: the european championship ,
    Let him show us actually who he is ,it is time hurry up

    June 4, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  121. Yaya

    Absolutely Messi !! No one can be compared with him.

    June 4, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  122. bes

    Messi...the begining and end of football ,the finest player of ever,he is just like UFO

    June 4, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  123. ald

    So what is the meaning of Messi ?It means The king of football,every one come after him/ sourse : Oxford Advanced Learners Dictinary/

    June 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  124. CJSpitz

    In my opinion, Messi was best out of those candidates from La Liga~ despite of losing the title, what he did was just indescribable and undisputed. Breaking so many records this season is one reason and he did it while so many key players in Barca were out because of injuries. Just think about it, it's the first ever to score 73 goals in the history of football~ world record!!! Football is keep on developing and he is going against the odds! 28 assists are another~! He isn't just goal scorer but, he also provides as well. He is first ever to win CL top scorer for 4 consecutive yrs! Scoring 5 goals in one match especially when it was in CL tournament phase. 10 hat-tricks this season which is also record-breaking(11 including one from Argentina)~! You can win the trophies at least once in your career if you are in a well-shaped team but, you can't guarantee of breaking a record.... but he broke so many in one season~! Living legend!

    June 6, 2012 at 8:09 am | Reply
  125. El Libero

    Pedro, Pedro, Pedro...!!...In your blog there about the top 3 in Spain, you mentioned Hulk.....Well done! He is as good as any striker out here in La Liga but the comparisons you made were with Zamarano(Chile) Sanchez( Mexico) and "Batigol" (Argentina).......why? Why did you do this mistake...are you biased towards other nationalities that are not Latin, Spanish or Ibaric.....For the record you failed to mention Raul in that list of com parables......and if you going to compare pure strikers than when you hear the name Sanchez, then Ian Rush is also mentioned in the same sentence....same era!
    Anyways, this is just an observation to the man who has the best job in the world.....!!

    June 7, 2012 at 9:27 am | Reply
  126. Celestine

    Messi is ever d best (1) 11 hat-trick (2) 5 goals in a champions league macth (3) 50 goals in la liga (4) 73 goals in all competition (5) 4 trophies out of 6 (7) best in dribbling (8) best in incredible passes (9) very obedient & not rough (10) compared 2 maradona & pere C-ronaldo (1) 1 trophy out of 6 (2) scored every team, compare & no d best; MESSI is truly the best

    June 8, 2012 at 3:58 am | Reply
  127. Celestine

    People say messi should leave barca to another club but c-R left man-U for a greater club,,, Beware! So please choose a greater club for messi ok

    June 8, 2012 at 4:04 am | Reply
  128. Mike

    Aside from the statistics, most valuabe player means the value that the player brings to his team and to football overall. In that respect there is no.one to match Messi. CR7 is a great player, but he is always thinking about himself. Just watch his reaction when he scores and when others on his team score, especially when he hasn't. It's all about me. He is a naturally gifted footballer but also he is naturally selfish. Messi is not selfish, he lives and breathes for Barcelona and Argentina, and it shows. He has more goals and assists than anyone. This is why he is more valuable. By far.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  129. menace

    ronaldo da better this year

    June 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  130. Bernardo

    If you take the front leg kik drible off of Ronaldop what alse he has to offer ?
    Messi creates and master mind the plays and the whole team almost plays around Messi , I can not say that for Madrid.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  131. CHARLES DENU

    IS IT BASED ON INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OR CLUB ACHIEVEMENT? I THINK RONALDO IS NO WHERE NEAR MESSI IN TERMS OF INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE AND ACHIEVEMENTS. HE HAS SET AND BROKEN A LOT OF RECORDS IN EUROPE AND SPAIN. CAN U PLEASE TELL ME WHAT RONALDO HAS DONE

    June 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  132. emiola jide

    messi is thebest player in the world better than ronaldo

    June 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  133. Eddy

    This guys is nuts, he chose Ronaldo over Messi??? that comparison is not even close, Messi is by far the best player on the planet, period.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply
  134. Kilian

    73 goals and 28 assists in the 2011-2012 season and he's not MVP ? What? You give it to Ronaldo based on their team's results. Do you understand the 'P' in MVP ?

    June 21, 2012 at 1:17 am | Reply
  135. heru

    messssssssssiiiii

    June 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  136. charliepee

    It surprises me when people do not understand a simple puzzle , all these players are good , you become the best among them when you help your team to win some trophies, so it's so simple Ronaldo is the main guy this time....

    June 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  137. Bethel

    i will give it to Ronado. Ronado can get a good result with a terrible midfield.

    July 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  138. mohamed mhando

    messi is the best player,he plays beautiful football and since he is still young i expect much more from him in future.

    July 5, 2012 at 8:11 am | Reply
  139. jackie

    Iniesta

    July 5, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply
  140. ibu

    To be honest with you guys..... MESSI IS THE God OF FOOTBALL..... No one else comes near him in ranking. FIFA or UEFA can give it to anybody, but the football (gospel) fact is that Messi is the best player ever to play the game of football after his country Maradona, but Pele is the greatest having won the World cup three times. Until Messi retires or another genius appears, he has no comperism.Thanks

    July 5, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
  141. Abu ayala

    pls we should 4get about sentiment, lets face d truth Messi is d best.

    July 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  142. Robin

    OK, so his logic is that R.M. won the second match agains Barca. So the lost on the first match doesn't count? What about the 2 matches for the Super cup? compare wins to losses between the 2 teams and you will see who comes ahead. And for all those who say that CR7 is the best becaue he won La Liga? How many trophies is that? How many did Messi win this Year? La Liga is a major championship, but winning the FIFA club championship is big too, isn't it? Congratulations to R.M. for winning La Liga, but that didn't prove they are better then Barca. Count the Trophies!!! MESSI is the GOAT!!!

    July 6, 2012 at 9:04 am | Reply
  143. wilson preston

    if rooney is not in the list leave andd start selecting cricket players

    July 6, 2012 at 10:26 am | Reply
  144. Francis

    All round, CR7 is the complete footballer. He has proved it with Sporting Lisbon, Man U, Real Madrid and Portugal. Messi has captivated fans with Barca and still has to prove himself with Argentina. Both are great footballers, though Messi is mostly ably assisted by Iniesta and Xavi while CR7 can peform with minimum help.

    July 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  145. Rais

    Messi is good.But he must go to another club like ronaldo to prove that he was very good without best player like xavi and iniesta.go to another league.prove it.I recommend portsmouth and bring that team to be champion league.

    July 7, 2012 at 6:37 am | Reply
  146. Beggi

    Rolanldo is the best

    July 8, 2012 at 3:51 am | Reply
  147. bryan

    messi in this moment is the best soccer player in the world but ronaldo is a good player and van persie in the future was a MVP.

    July 9, 2012 at 2:04 am | Reply
  148. Jide

    It is out of envy and sometime hard-feelings for Ronaldo that always made some people pick Messi. Some great players do not score many goals. To equate the best to the number of goals is to reduce soccer to a game that lacks the artistry for which soccer is most admired. CR7 has the edge always.

    July 10, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  149. khalifa Majid

    Pinto again with portugese propaganda. If Messi is not injured he can best for another fiver seasons.
    Messi messi messi
    case closed.

    July 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  150. Chinedu

    Messi has been beta than cr7 in the past 3yrs.but cr7 was beta last season.it is not the matter of scoring goals,the question is how important is the goal.messi can dribble 5 players and score.but cr7 can shoot from 40 yards and score.this year cr7 deserves best player award.his goals were more important

    July 13, 2012 at 3:04 am | Reply
  151. Bayo ironremi

    To start with, CR7 is the best, this has been prove in 3 leagues, world cup, and euro nation cup, but messi, 1 league, no wrld cup, no nation cup.

    CR7 score all la liga oposition, the same call not be said of messi. before the season begin CR7 promised to sacrifice goal for club honour and this he achivied.

    who is messi when CR7 was injure in for more than 4 weeks in his first season in la liga and yet messi could only score 2 or 3 goal ahead of him, even pep Gardiola confess to respect the goal machine call CR7.

    if CR7 was playing for self glory where will messi be with best and fastest moving midfeider/winger/striker on planet earth.

    Am just short of words and adjective to qualify this gr8 player that has captivate million of people in the world.

    CR7 is the only active or not that has the greatest number of followers.

    CR7 is IT!

    July 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  152. Jb Campbell

    Hmmmm..... the best player in the world is not listed here but I'll give you a clue. Won Euro 2008, World Cup in 2010 and Euro 2012. Players for Barcelona and has vision and awareness that messi can only dream of... Andres Inestia is surely the best player in the world. Messi is a fine striker of that there is no doubt....Ronaldo is worthy to grance any top 5 list but look how Barca play with out Inestia – they struggle... so c'mon lets not state the obvious but think with our heads... Inestia it is.

    July 15, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
  153. Thiago

    It's not only that Madrid won against Barcelona. The difference of points was amazing, undertaking 100 points. The quality of the players of Barcelona is better, probably, the best team of all times. So if Cristiano managed to overide Barcelona, then this year, Cristiano deserves it. Even if Messi is better, this year, he wasn't.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  154. walata

    rolando is better than messi dis time

    July 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  155. janes

    RONALDO!!!!!!!

    July 25, 2012 at 7:39 am | Reply
  156. richard

    Cristiano ronaldo....nothing can compare...Messi is ok...but Ronaldo is tha bomb

    July 26, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
  157. Dawa Adams Ibrahim

    Messi is all in the football world.Hé is incomparable to his contemporaries.Bravo Messi!

    August 1, 2012 at 6:59 am | Reply
  158. jack

    Ronaldo won 1 title, messi won 4. messi scored more goals & made more assists. Ronaldo didn't take portugal to the euro final, so gets no bonus points there either. How is this even a discussion? Messi is head & shoulders better on all metrics & more importantly is actually liked by his teammates rather than ronaldo whose teammates even find him selfish!

    August 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  159. michael halliday

    i have read all the comment posted by people on this issue of MESSI & RONALDO. The truth is that Ronaldo is better this session then messi. more so,if u really want to known a good player let messi leave barca and play in other clubs around the world.
    CR7 all the wayyyyyyyyyyyyy.

    August 2, 2012 at 9:16 am | Reply
  160. Ariel

    In football and as a human being, Messi by FAR...

    August 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  161. Rick

    forget for a long, long time. That goes for players as well, the srseuptar names – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney – and the rest who have travelled from all four corners of the globe to showcase

    August 2, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  162. Karen

    The way I see it football is an Art not a Killer sport. So, looking at it from an artistic point of view I must admit I have never seen anyone playing quite like Ronaldo. Imitations, yes.One cannot even to start to compare Cristiano's artistry with that of Messi. OK, he is effective but all he has to show is his Road-Runner number (Beep!Beep!) and his "killer instinct". Well, Ronaldo can do that too and... much more. The other thing is Ronaldo is beautiful and sensitive. Messi a dwarf who looks rather messy. Sorry folks, I have to tell it as it is. One cannot even start to compare a Picasso piece with a Da Vinci masterpiece. Ladies prefer Da Vinci – obviously. One is a one trick pony, the other a multi-talented genius. The question who is better Ronaldo or messi? is for dummies – not for dames...

    August 3, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  163. igledys Saranga

    this site knows nothing about soccer...How can messi lose to ronaldo?????

    August 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  164. Peleg

    Messi is better than Christiano by far.Forget about the fact Christiano won La Liga.Thats not all that counts to be the worlds best player.Messi was the highest goal scorer in all competitions in Europe last year.La Liga ,champions league inshort everything.second highest decisive passser in Europe as well.how can u compare him to Ronaldo.

    October 30, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
  165. tracylake2002

    Messi is all of above them. In Spain he is the best.In England it is the flying Dutchman Robin van persie.In Italy no doubt it is Andre Pirlo, a great play maker.In Germany it is Reus, Upcoming superstar and winger.
    Messi is the favorite all time.He is the most valuable to all leagues in Europe.

    December 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply

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