It is common for football lovers, at one time or another, to ask themselves: "Ronaldo or Messi, who is the greatest of all time?" As the two stars of their generation prepare to face each other for the first time since May 2018, the answer is as simple as it is impossible: both are the best.
Messi, the best player of all time and Ronaldo, the best striker of all time, is what they would say. In the process of trying to reach an irrelevant and fundamentally flawed conclusion, everyone seems to make the same basic mistake. People try to compare two geniuses who have changed the way football is enjoyed around the world, highlighting their differences.
The superficial view of the stars ignores the reality that they have in common as well as in difference. Therefore, with the clubs Barcelona and Juventus facing each other in the Champions League next Tuesday, it is worth exploring what unites these two big names in football.
… were destined for success from the beginning
Ronaldo debuted in the main team for Sporting on October 7, 2002, aged 17, eight months and two days. Messi first appeared in the Barcelona senior team at 16 years, four months and 23 days, at 75 minutes, during a friendly against Porto de José Mourinho on 16 November 2003.