Lionel Messi beat Cristiano Ronaldo and was hailed as the best player in the world in the last 25 years.
Modern soccer has been mostly dominated by Messi and Ronaldo. Though the two have not been as impeccable as they were prior to 2008, many believe that they are still ahead of the iconic players within their timeframe.
With a combined 11 Ballon d’Ors and countless records broken, it’s really hard to argue that Messi and Ronaldo have surpassed the likes of Ronaldinho, Ronaldo De Lima, Diego Maradona and even Pele.
However, just like in any other sport, there can only be one greatest player.
According to a recent ranking made by statisticians from FourFourTwo, it was Messi who was hailed as the greatest player.
As expected, his long-time nemesis Ronaldo closed in at second place.
Scoring a total of 743 goals, winning five Ballon d’Ors and five Champions Leagues and dominating Premier League, La Liga and Serie A, “CR7” earned the second spot in the list.
But Messi, who boasts 724 goals and six Ballon d’Ors and 10 LaLiga titles, topped the list.
The 32-year-old has been lauded for being the best all-around player to ever grace the pitch in the last two and a half decades.
In between the given timeframe, Messi managed to score in 21 LaLiga appearances in a row.
The Barcelona superstar hit the back of the net against all 19 other teams and recorded a total of 33 goals in LaLiga back in the 2012-2013 season.