Cristiano Ronaldo has said that one of the reasons why he is better than Lionel Messi is because he has achieved trophies and success as a player while playing in different countries across Europe. Messi by contrast has spent his entire professional career on the books of Barcelona.
“The difference with Messi is that I played for several clubs and won the Champions League with different clubs,” said Ronaldo as quoted by The Mirror.
“I was top scorer in the Champions League six seasons in a row. There aren’t many players who won five Champions League trophies, so this is why I feel that I can identify myself with this tournament.”
Ronaldo has won League titles in three out of Europe’s top five leagues
During his career so far, Ronaldo has had success with Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus. He won three Premier League titles and one Champions League while on the books of United. The nine year spell which he had with Real Madrid is widely viewed as the most successful of his career. During his time with Los Blancos, Ronaldo went on to win two La Liga titles and four Champions League titles with three being in succession (between 2016-2018).
He also managed to win the Serie A with Juventus last season. Now in his second season with the old Lady of Italian football, Ronaldo will be aiming to help them to win the Champions League this season and in the process, secure Europe’s Premier Club competition with a third club.
Ronaldo has also outdone Messi on the international stage
The comparisons between Ronaldo and Messi will likely never end even once the duo have retired. Another area is which Ronaldo has performed better than Messi is on the international stage. CR7 has two international titles to his name which are the 2016 European Championship as well as the inaugural UEFA Nations League. Messi by contrast has never won a major international tournament. He ended as the best player during the 2014 World Cup but his country subsequently went on to lose the final against Germany.
It can also be argued that Messi plays alongside more gifted team-mates for Argentina while Ronaldo by contrast has been viewed as single handily carrying Portugal in professional football for more than a decade.