Both players have made the most extraordinary goalscoring habits seem normal, it’s the pace at which both consistently produce great performances. While most of their brilliance has manifested itself in club kits, Ronaldo and Messi have also had some incredible moments on the international stage. Ronaldo played a crucial role in guiding Portugal to victory at Euro 2016 despite being forced to retire from the final against France in Paris through injury.
Messi finally ended his own silver drought for Argentina when he helped La Albiceleste win the last edition of Copa America. Both stars were in action for their respective nations on Sunday night as Messi equaled a record that had stood in Argentine football for 81 years by scoring five goals in a game against Estonia. The amazing performance marked the second time Messi had scored five goals in a single game but the first for his country. While that was happening in Spain, Ronaldo helped his Portuguese teammates put Switzerland to the sword by scoring a brace as they edged out their 40 Nations League opponents.
Ronaldo’s brace raised his overall record for his country throughout his career to an incredible level 117. With five goals, Messi now climbs to fourth place in the top international male goalscorers of all time. He passed Hungarian icon Ferenc Puskás and broke the top 4. Although Messi is slowly but surely moving up the table, he is still 31 goals separating him from Ronaldo, his long-time Ballon d’Or rival. 3. The World Cup later this year could be the perfect stage for Messi to edge ever closer to Ronaldo and move back up the table while chasing that elusive trophy that will surely cement his status as the league’s best player would consolidate Argentina.
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