Argentina returns after the World Cup (Video Editing: Nir Chen)
Lionel Messi's move to the United States is stirring up the football world. Considered the best player in the world for the past 15 years, he decided to leave European football, choosing to move to the American League and sign with Inter Miami of MLS. For many, this is disappointing news, because with all due respect to the American League, there is no doubt that the top of world football is in Europe. According to reports, Messi also received offers from Europe, and not only from Barcelona, with whom the story is complicated, but also from Chelsea, among others, but he chose the American option.
Of course, those who have reacted to this transition with sarcasm are Cristiano Ronaldo fans. There are many Cristiano fan accounts online, and many on Wednesday were able to mention: Ronaldo left European football only at the age of 37. On the other hand, Messi is already "retiring" from football at the age of 35, while Ronaldo at the age of 35 was still in peak form, excelling for Juventus (and then having a pretty good season at United).
It should be noted that former Saudi Al Hilal coach Emiliano Diaz, who watched Ronaldo's exploits in Saudi Arabia closely, claims that "against the small ones he had an easy mouth, but against the big ones he did nothing. He lost the cup, lost the Super Cup, won nothing. The comparison between him and Messi? That's a light-year difference. It is impossible to compare. In terms of numbers, he is an animal. In terms of quality, he doesn't come close to Messi."
Another implication is that Messi will no longer be able to break Cristiano Ronaldo's record for goals in the Champions League. On the other hand, Messi holds the record for most goals scored in European competitions, having passed Ronaldo. When it comes to the overall record for career goals, the battle is still ongoing.
Yes friends, it's the end of an era
One thing is indisputable: after 20 years in which the fight between the two has maddened world football fans, with a battle between two players who shared 12 Ballons d'Or (7 for Messi, 5 for Cristiano), this is the "end of an era".
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