Will anyone surpass Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo?

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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.

But you know what, there were similar players before them. For example there was Pele and Maradona. The problem with Maradona and Pele is, that they weren’t playing at the same time, given that Pele is 20 years older than Maradona. You could also point out Luis Figo and Zidane, but they were playing in the same club, and hardly breaking any goalscoring records.

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.

There were the Van Bastens, and Platinis, but again no one stood out as much as Ronaldo and Messi. I believe that the reason for this is the teams they are playing for.

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.

I would say that Messi and Ronaldo stand out as much, not because of their god given talent, but because they are playing in two of the best teams in the world. If Messi and Ronaldo would be playing for Almeria, they would still be great, but scoring 50 goals a season? Hell no.

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?