Is Cristiano Ronaldo better dribbler than Lionel Messi

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are (at the time) the best football players in the world. This is a simple fact that most people know for a very long time. There has always been comparisons between them, like who is the best, or who is the better goalscorer. I myself always wondered who is the better dribbler, and that is the reason why I decided to see if Cristiano Ronaldo is better dribbler than Lionel Messi.


Cristiano Ronaldo has used to be known as the best dribbler in the world. I believe that Ronaldo dribbled too much, and had to change in order to improve himself. Lionel Messi, on the other hand, has always been known as a very simple player, with a very simple dribbling style that never gets in the way of his overall play.


Given that there aren’t accurate stats from longer period, I have decided to compare Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo successful dribbles for the past 3 seasons.
Cristiano Ronaldo stats vs Lionel Messi stats
I must say that the stats is quite surprising. Cristiano Ronaldo has managed around 60 dribbles each season, and has a combined figure of 177 dribbles in his past three seasons at Real Madrid. Lionel Messi, on the other hand, has more than double the amount of dribbles that Cristiano Ronaldo has. Messi has managed around 140 dribbles each season and has a combined figure of 439 dribbles.

Cristiano Ronaldo had 177 dribbles while Lionel Messi had 439 dribbles. To say that Lionel Messi is the better dribbler is basically an understatement. Messi has managed to achieve more than 300 more successful dribbles than Cristiano Ronaldo. This is a massive figure, which really surprised me.


Cristiano Ronaldo has really transformed himself¬† from a dribbler to a goal machine, because he doesn’t have that many dribbles even for an average player.¬† This also shows that Messi and Ronlado have a very different playing style. Messi can dribble all he wants, and still score enormous quantity of goals, while Ronaldo simply isn’t able to do that.


Its still hard to say who is better but it is quite clear that Lionel Messi is the better dribbler of the two. I don’t expect any changes here, because of their playing styles. Its funny that when people compare Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, they usually compare goals that they scored or how many assists they got. No one compares dribbles to see who is the better dribbler. I decided to compare the dribbles, and find out that Lionel Messi is much better dribbler than Cristiano Ronaldo.