Players will rarely score hattrick or score in the champions league when they are 24. Its a dream for the footballers to become a starter for the club at the age of 24. But, when it comes to Lionel Messi, he was three times balon d’Or winner at the age of 24. Messi won his first balon d’Or in 2009 when he was 22 years old. Then he went on winning more three. Meanwhile, Messi has won total of 6 balon d’Ors. He won them in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2019. And, he is about to win it seven times. If we compare other players and Messi at 24 years of their age, Messi is far away from rest of the world.
He won it four in a row from 2009 to 2012. Absolute domination in the world football for half of the decade. Even his rival Cristiano Ronaldo was nowhere near Messi. The 24 years old Messi was something else. So, lets not compare the new comers who gets hype from one or two good games. Messi was an absolute genius and was something else. Its almost difficult for the new players to get balon d’Or for straight four years. It was Messi who outcast players like Xavi, Iniesta, Snyjder, and Cristiano.
Messi At 24 vs Cristiano Ronaldo At 24
Moreover, if we talk about Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance at 24 years of his age, we can’t find good stats. Cristiano Ronaldo had just won one champions league and one balon d’Or at that age. Meanwhile, Messi was already three champions league winner and 3 times balon d’Or winner at 24. Moreover, Messi had won the treble in 2009 with Barcelona. They won the champions league defeating Ronaldo’s Manchester United in final. Then, Messi scored a magnificent header against Edwin Van Der Sar.
|Messi At 24||Ronaldo At 24|
|3x Champions League||1x Champions League|
|3x Balon d’Or||One Balon d’Or|
|1x European Golden Shoe||1x European Golden Shoe|
So, if the closest rival of Messi was that behind Messi at 24 years of age, then who else could have come near the Argentine ?But, it doesn’t mean that Cristiano finished his career with these limited awards and titles. Later, after joining Real Madrid, Ronaldo played the best seasons of his career. He broke and created number of records in the Spanish capital. So, lets have a look at Ronaldo’s records and titles. Cristiano is 5x times balon d’Or winner and 5x times champions league winner. Moreover, he is 4x times European golden shoe winner. Also, he is the top scorer and most assist provider in the champions league. Moreover, he is a Euro Cup winner and 4x times FIFA club world cup winner. Anyways, Cristiano Ronaldo has won 34 titles.
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