Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup Final

Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo Match Defining World Cup Final

They broke all records. But will they be able to win the World Cup?


Top illustration: Nazario Graziano / Agency Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have shaped each other’s career paths, legacies and worlds of football for over a decade. Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup Final.

They can match each other. Resize previously unmapped heights. But they have different philosophies.

Mee Messi — shorter, more reserved is a natural football genius who shares his creativity with the team. Assist almost as many goals as he scores. And then there’s Ronaldo—the taller. A physical specimen who struggles through defense, graft acceptance and training until he outperforms everyone else on the pitch.

But for all their rewards Neither of them has ever won a World Cup. The Qatar 2022 tournament could be their last chance to determine whether one of them will be able to win the biggest trophy.

See how star players are paired up. Back to professional debut

Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi

Aug 2002

Ronaldo made his professional debut at 17 years old, Plays for the Portuguese team Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo played for Sporting CP in his first season. Julio Azevedo/Icon Sport/Getty Images

Aug 2003

won the first Portuguese championship 18, to replace Kazakhstan

Ronaldo fought over the ball with Kazakhstan during a friendly game in 2003. Antonio Simos/EPA/Shutterstock

Oct 2004

at 17 years old, Messi takes the lead 778 appearances for Barcelona At the time, he was the youngest ever to represent the club in an official game.

Lionel Messi controls the ball during a personal photo shoot for El Gráfico magazine on October 12, 2003 in Rosario. Argentina Marcelo Boeri/El Grafico/Getty Images

Aug 2005

debuted against Argentina at 18 years old, Came on as a substitute in a friendly against Hungary. But was fired just 2 minutes later.

Messi comforts team-mates after red card against Hungary Attila Kisbenede/AFP/Getty Images

June 2006

Scored the first of seven goals in four World Cup tournaments to become At 21 years old, he is the youngest Portuguese player. to score goals in the World Cup

Ronaldo runs over a hurdle during the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Clive Mason/Getty Images

become youngest player to represent Argentina in the World Cup and to score inside 13 minutes became the sixth youngest scorer in the competition’s history.

Messi celebrates scoring during the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Apr 2007

Score his biggest goal as he weaves in several Getafe defenders. One of 672 shots for barça

Messi celebrates after scoring against Getafe Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

May 2009

It inspired Barcelona to beat Ronaldo’s Manchester United in the Champions League final. Two of the four titles He finished the tournament as top scorer.

Messi celebrates after winning the UEFA Champions League in 2009. Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

July 2009

Join Real Madrid from Manchester United for a world record. 130 million US dollars fee.

Ronaldo was presented in full at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Denise Doyle/Getty Images

Nov 2009

After inspiring Barça to win three historic trophies in a single season. 22 years old became the first Argentine to win the Ballon d’Or.

Messi won the Ballon d’Or in 2009. Denise Doyle/Getty Images

Dec 2009

Received his first Puskás Award for his remarkable work. target 40 yards – The ball moves at an average speed. 64 mph — For Manchester United and Porto

Ronaldo received the FIFA Puskás award for the most outstanding goal of the 2008/09 season. Michael Regan/FIFA/Getty Images

July 2010

Argentina eliminated World Cup 2010 by Germany in the quarterfinals Messi is named in the team of the tournament. But he allegedly cared more about the club than the country.

Messi walked off the pitch disappointed after being eliminated from the 2010 World Cup. Paul Gilham/FIFA/Getty Images

Apr 2011

Time magazine named Messi the One of the most influential people in the world For the first time in two consecutive years

time magazine

Mar 2012

at 24, He broke Barcelona’s scoring record and scoring record. 91 goals in the same calendar year

Messi gives a thumbs up during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Granada. David Ramos/Getty Images

Apr 2014

Time magazine named Ronaldo one of the 100 most influential people of the year.

Ronaldo lifts the Champions League trophy after the UEFA Champions League final against Atletico Madrid. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

July 2014

Argentina lost to Germany in the World Cup final. Messi has won four Man of the Match awards in a single World Cup tournament. and won the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament as well seven doors

Messi sad after losing the 2014 World Cup final Laurens Lindhout/Socrates/Getty Images

Nov 2014

Messi becomes La Liga Top scorer of all time After a hat-trick against Sevilla Breaks Telmo Zarra’s record of 251 goals.

His teammates threw Messi into the air as they celebrated his new record. Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

The Galaxy CR7 is named after a soccer star. By the end of the season he enjoyed the most prolific campaign of his club career, scoring. 61 times in 54 games

An artist’s impression of CR7, a very distant galaxy discovered using ESO’s Very Large Telescope. Korn Messer University/ESP

Oct 2015

also became Real’s all-time top scorer. 324 doors He ended his career with Real Madrid. 450 goals from just 438 games played

Ronaldo scored his second goal for the team during a La Liga game against Levante in 2015. Victor Carretero/Real Madrid/Getty Images

June 2016

A goal in the Copa America Centenario quarter-finals made him the Argentina’s all-time top scorer after La Albiceleste was defeated in the final He announced his retirement from playing for the national team. a decision he rescinded shortly thereafter at the plea of ​​the Argentine president.

Messi waits for second medal after Copa America final Nicholas Kumm/AFP/Getty Images

July 2016

Winning the first major international trophy at the European Championship in France, but was injured and shed tears soon after. 25 minutes of the final

Ronaldo shows off Henry’s trophy DeLaunay to the supporters during the victory ceremony in Lisbon. Portugal Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images

Initially sentenced to imprisonment 21 months Imprisoned for tax fraud but also escaped US$ 2.3 million Fine instead of Messi and George. His father Messi was found guilty of defrauding Spain. US$ 4.6 million Between 2007 and 2009

Messi (left) and his father Jorge Horacio Messi listen as they face the referee. Alberto Estevez/AFP/Getty Images

Apr 2017

Score a hat-trick against Bayern Munich, becoming the first player to score. 100 Champions League goals

Ronaldo celebrates Bayern Munich’s third goal Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images

Mar 2018

his score 100th goal in the Champions League Achieve goals in fewer games than Ronaldo Only he and Ronaldo have scored at least 100 goals in the competition to date.

Messi celebrates as he scores against Chelsea in 2018 David Ramos/Getty Images

May 2018

first player He won the first with Manchester United in 2008, before winning it with Real Madrid in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Ronaldo celebrates fifth Champions League trophy VI Images/Getty Images

June 2018

that Russia 2018 has become first man to score eight consecutive major international competitions

Ronaldo smiles during the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Morocco. Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

July 2018

at age 33Ronaldo signs with Juventus in Italy US$ 117 million transfer agreement

Ronaldo moved to La Vecchia Signora after a huge success with Real Madrid. Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

Oct 2018

Kathryn Mayorga is accused of rape who claims she was paid. $375,000 to sign an NDA; The case was later dismissed. he denied the allegations.

Ronaldo is seen at the Palms Place Hotel and Spa on June 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Charlie Galley / FilmMagic

July 2019

Messi was sacked in minute 37 of the Copa America playoff third place He refused to accept a third-place medal and was banned from international football for three months, including a $50,000 okay.

Messi clashes with referee Mario Diaz de Vivar after red card Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images

July 2021

Photos of Messi hold copa America — his first international trophy — became most like Sports photo in Instagram history at the time.

Aug 2021

Returns to Manchester United and finishes first season as Club top scorer Relations with the team crumbled after a heated interview in November 2022.

Ronaldo poses with Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after signing the contract. Ash Donelon/Manchester United/Getty Images

signal on two years Agreement with Paris Saint-Germain The Frenchman put an end to his long-term relationship with Barça, with the Catalan club struggling financially.

PSG’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi poses alongside Messi after the Argentine joins the club. Stefan de Sacutins/AFP/Getty Images

Sep 2021

Breaking international goalscoring records with two goals against Ireland 117 goals in 191 national teams and reinforces his status as the all-time great.

Ronaldo reacts during a World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. Carlos Costa/AFP/Getty Images

Feb 2022

first to arrive 400 million instagram followers

Cristiano Ronaldo/Instagram

Sep 2022

beat record 164th place Argentine hat and score international goal 90, This made him third on the men’s all-time international scoring charts. Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup Final

Messi celebrates his goal during a friendly against Jamaica in 2022. Andres Kudacki/AFP/Getty Images

Nov 2022

Aiming to win the championship First World Cup after four failed attempts If he does score, he’ll become the first man to score in five World Cups. He’ll need three more goals to overtake Eusebio and become Portugal’s all-time top scorer in the tournament.

Ronaldo celebrates beating North Macedonia in 2022 Pedro Fiuza/NurPhoto/Shutterstock

Aiming to win the championship First World Cup after four failed attempts If he plays in Qatar He will make it into a great team. Because only three players have competed in the previous five World Cups. Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup Final

Messi celebrates after scoring his first goal against Bolivia in 2021 Juan I. Roncoroni/Getty Images
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