Ballon D'or: Cristiano Ronaldo V Lionel Messi

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Ballon d’Or: Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi
Jose Padilla
Ms. Debra Ozolnieks

Ballon d’Or: Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi The world’s most popular sport is soccer, and it is the original Football. It is internationally acknowledged by all classes of society. It comes in different forms: Futsal, which can be played indoor or outdoor and on concrete or wood floors. It only consists of 5 players in each team as opposed to 11 in soccer. There is also beach soccer (beasal) which is played on the beach and also consists of 5 players. If American football is to USA then soccer is to Europe and there are a lot of top teams in the world and most belong in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) but when asked who the best
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He knew moving to Spain was going to add more pressure to him and this is where his rivalry with Lionel Messi started. While in Real Madrid, he won one Spanish La Liga, one Copa del Rey, and one Spanish Super Cup. Even though Ronaldo is tall, he has the speed to match with Messi. Since Ronaldo is a two-footer, he can play in both sides of the wings and as a striker and on occasions, midfield. Messi is a center-forward who also plays as a striker and can also play in the wings but not as effective as Ronaldo. Ronaldo’s style is showboating, which shows a variety of ball skills to confuse the defender, while Messi uses his quickness to get past defenders easily for a quick goal. Putting the speed and quickness aside, Ronaldo is more deadly during set pieces. He is known for his quick and powerful free kicks outside the box that doesn’t give goalkeepers a chance. He is also taller than Messi so he has more threat during corner kicks because he can jump high and hit powerful headers. There are few similarities between Ronaldo and Messi. First is they play in the same league, Spanish La Liga. They have acquired the same awards in European football such us the Ballon d’Or (European Player of The Year before merging to FIFA Ballon d’Or), European Golden Shoe, UEFA Club Footballer of the Year, Spanish La Liga’s Top Scorer, and is now competing for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or. After

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