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Who would you rather have in the Champions League final, Ronaldo or Messi?
The Champions League brings together the best players in the world vying for the coveted European crown.
The tournament has seen its fair share of superstars throughout the years, but quite possibly none greater than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
There’s a reason both La Liga powerhouse sides are in the thick of the Champions League battle each season and that’s partly because of these two savvy football superstars.
Both clubs could very well be on a collision course to meet in the Champions League final in 2017. If that were the case, who would you rather have on your side, Messi or Ronaldo?
Many online sportsbooks have Barcelona as favorites to win the title, including Bovada, which pegs Barca at +250 to capture the Champions League this summer.
Messi’s been in this position in the past. The four-time champion is entering an important quarter-final clash against Serie A giants Juventus — a rematch of the 2015 final. Messi has made 113 Champions League appearances, netting 94 goals to go along with 18 assists.
How good has Messi been in Champions League action in the past? His seven career hat tricks at the tournament are a clear indication of how dangerous the Argentinian forward can be when it matters most.
Ronaldo is no slouch when it comes to the Champions League — he’s won three titles and can match his La Liga counterpart with a fourth crown in 2017. Ronaldo is the tournament’s all-time scoring leader, having netted 95 goals in 135 career appearances.
When it comes to international play, Ronaldo lifted a huge weight from his shoulders in 2016 when the star led Portugal to its first ever European Championship after defeating France in the final.
However, both of these stars have one very noticeable major international trophy missing from their resumes — the World Cup.
There’s no question Messi and Ronaldo have done it all at the club level, but a World Cup for either superstar would not only cement their legacy, but also earn bragging rights as the greatest player of all time.
The question is which of these players will be first to conquer the world and overcome their drought at the tournament?
But who will hoist the World Cup first? Or will both fail to lift the world’s most important trophy?
Ronaldo got a great jump-start last summer with his European Championship victory. And despite Portugal being +3300 underdogs to win the 2018 World Cup, if there’s one player you want on your side, it’s Ronaldo, the four-time Ballon d’Or recipient.