By Prince Etim
Some debates will never be settled: one of the most intense football debates of all time would be the unending Ronaldo versus Messi comparison. Depending on who is asked, both players are widely regarded as the best footballer in the world.
But as Ronaldo celebrated his hat-trick against country rivals Spain in the ongoing Russia World Cup, the Real Madrid forward took a subtle jab at Barcelona’s Messi in a bizarre way: by stroking his chin.
Followers of the beautiful game would have seen the PAPER Magazine cover where Lionel Messi posed with a goat, implying that he was the Greatest Of All Time. Get it?
Ronaldo’s stroke on the chin is apparently his own way of declaring that he is, in fact, the GOAT.
Football historians believe that never before have two players commanded so much respect at the same period in time. With five Ballon D’or titles each, the last decade has been a Ronaldo-Messi competition that the world is fortunate to witness. Although the match ended in a 3-3 draw against Spain, it was obvious that this was The Cristiano Ronaldo show.
Messi’s Argentina start mission tomorrow by taking on lowly rated Iran. Fans already are envisaging a deluge of goals.