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Ronaldo WILL get the boot. I can feel it hahaha, and no less than what he deserves.
I'd like for Ronaldo to win the Ballon d'Or this season just because I'd rather not see Messi win it again and some of the seasons where Messi won it, Ronaldo deserved the award. It seems as if Ronaldo would have to win La Liga, the CL, and outscore Messi in order to win the Ballon d'Or the way it's structured right now.
Everyone is so biased towards Messi. :/ Yes he's spectacular, but Ronaldo is as good as him, if not a tiny bit better. Imagine if it was the other way around, Ronaldo at Barcelona and Messi at Real, who would be better then?
Ronaldo has one thing that Messi doesn't, which is that Ronaldo can score goals from more positions. Messi is primarily good in the box, although he can score some nice free kicks.
If Ronaldo played in Barca's system, I think that Ronaldo would make all of those runs that Messi does and get all those little tap ins that Messi does. For all people talk about Messi, a lot of his goals come down to Barca's system and a little looped ball over the top, such as his goal against PSG, or a simple through ball where defenders get caught ball watching. I think that the fact that Ronaldo scores as many goals as he does in a system where he's not playing up top a lot of the time is really impressive.
Ronaldo brought his team to the SFs of the Euros, and they nearly beat Spain there, but Ronaldo didn't seem to get any credit for that in the Ballon d'Or voting. Messi didn't even play in any international competitions for Argentina during that time.
Messi and Ronaldo are probably the two best players in history, but I'd still take Zidane over either of them for one match.
What great player doesn't benefit from the system they play in?
I don't think that I can think of another great player who has benefited so much from the system that he's played in. The fact that a lot of La Liga teams are really poor defensively is part of why I didn't think as highly of Messi's goal numbers as some others did. In my mind, I knocked a good 15-20 goals off for the shoddy defense there. I think that Messi would still score 60-70 goals in leagues with better defense on average (although the Premier League isn't as defensively solid as it once was), but I do think that La Liga allowed for it to become a little inflated at times.
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I'm not taking anything away from Messi, as he's one of the best, if not the best, players in history (although, you'll note that if you don't add comments like that when you're criticizing Messi, the Barca fanboys will jump all over you), but I do think that perhaps it's a comment on Barca as a whole and their system. If Messi were to go down, I don't know how well they'd really do.
What are your thoughts on my argument?
All I was saying is that Ronaldo isn't automatically in as advantageous positions all the time as Messi is. Sure, Ronaldo cuts inside a lot of the time and makes plays or runs, but he's not automatically stationed in the center of the pitch. I'm not saying that Messi doesn't hang out in the midfield a fair amount of the time, because he does, just that their positions and styles aren't exactly equal.
I do think that if they switched styles, Ronaldo would score more with Barca's style and Messi would score less with Madrid's.
I don't know, too hypothetical for me. Messi was groomed to play that position. It's not really about who's athleticly superior to me. Putting Ronaldo up top doesn't really make sense to me anyways.