Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two superstars of modern football. They are playing for two of the biggest football clubs in the world. Given that those two clubs are playing in the same league, means Ronaldo and Messi are modern biggest football rivals. They are breaking records practically every week in La Liga and Champions League. So the question is, will there ever be a player who can surpass Messi and Ronaldo?
Messi and Ronaldo have become practically bigger than the clubs they are playing for. You just can’t imagine El Clasico without those two. They are true superstar of modern football. The thing that is weird with Messi and Ronaldo is that they are playing in the same decade or era.
One player that I remember, that could rival Messi and Ronaldo, was probably Ronaldinho. He was truly unique in appearance, and style. His no look pass became legendary, along with his dribbling style. The thing with Ronaldinho is, that he just wasn’t that long in the spotlight. He had 3 spectacular years at Barca, and that was it. While Messi and Ronaldo are going from strength to strength for the past 6 years.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have, due to the TV rights, become the duopoly of world football. When ever there is a player rated above the majority, Barca and Real are sure to buy him. Because of that, Messi and Ronaldo have the perfect team mates. While Ronaldo has the best team mates money can buy, Messi was part of the golden generation of Barcelona.
My answer is, that there will be better players than Ronaldo and Messi. Martin Odegaard could be one of those players, but it is too soon to really know. The real question is will the teams of those future players be as good, as Real or Barca.
What do you think, will there ever be a better player than Ronaldo and Messi?