Finding the No.1 player in football history is just as difficult as measuring water in a sea. Especially when the competition is between the greatest players in the world like Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe. Every generation has its own king of football and seeing Mbappe’s performance, it’s already fixed who is going to be the greatest footballer of the new generation.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have also been competing for everything from best footballer title to record for most goals. And now this debate is spiking up as both of the players entered World Cup 2022 for fifth time consecutively. Who do you think is the No.1 player in football history? In this article we’ll put some light on this.
After spending most part of his career at Barcelona, the Argentine football megastar, the popular choice and the favourite in FIFA World Cup 2022 is Lionel Messi. The PSG forward is widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time. And he is definitely also the no. 1 player in football history.
Lionel Messi- No. 1 Player in history
Lionel Messi is probably the most prominent name that comes to someone’s mind when he thinks of football. He is actually the legend as he became the youngest Argentine player to represent Argentina in World Cup 2006 while he made his senior career debut in 2004.
He has marked his time with Barcelona when he was a teenage sensation. Soon after entering football, he recorded his name among the brightest football players in the world. He scored his first professional goal one year after his debut in 2004 against Albacete. He turned out to be more of a magician to Barcelona.
Since his debut, he has lived a 19-year-long career in which he dominated World Football. He continues to dominate football with Ronaldo behind him. In his entire career, he has achieved nearly every title and award including the most wanted and prestigious World Cup trophy.
Messi also has 41 trophies out of which seven are Ballon d’or awards. The Argentine forward is also a recipient of six European shoe, 10 times La Liga champion and four time Champions League winner. The football megastar has scored 672 goals for Barcelona giants before breaking in France following his move to Paris Saint Germain.
Most importantly, Messi has a better rate of scoring goals than Ronaldo. Hence, he is South America’s leading goal scorer with over 1000 overall goals in his entire career.
Lionel Messi statistics
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Kylian Mbappe- The upcoming No. 1 player
Considering Kylian Mbappe’s success rate at such a young age, his 1-1 competition with Messi in World Cup 2022 finale, Mbappe is definitely going to succeed the throne of World No. 1 player in football history. He has earned champion level success at the age of 23 only. The French giant is also the fastest footballer in the world right now.
After playing rock in France’s triumph in FIFA World Cup 2018, french prodigy went on to win people’s hearts as well as matches over. He could have been the World Cup 2022 champion if not Messi. So apparently, he is believed to be Lionel Messi’s heir as the next generation’s bestest player in the world.
Kylian Mbappe has his name listed among the fastest as well as bestest footballers of the history. Since his move to Paris Saint Germain, he has made incompatible moves inspired by his club mate Messi.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Top goal scorer of all time
It’s been two decades since the Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo debate began. Cristiano is a widely popular professional footballer who is known for his dribbling, ball control, strength and performance. Regarded as the greatest player of all time, He holds the record for most goals. Cristiano and Messi rivalry keeps experiencing a spike day by day. It keeps getting intense as the competition is getting more difficult.
Before giving you a brief of his stats, let us tell you that he ranks second after Messi as the recipient of 34 trophies. His trophies include 5 Ballon d’or awards, La Liga title and many more. In fact, he is also one of the few players to receive the Champions League title. Also, he has made the record for most goals in Real Madrid becoming the leading goal scorer of all time in football history.
Cristiano Ronaldo statistics
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