New Delhi: The long-running debate of who is better player between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had football fans divided into two halves with both players climbing the success ladder of their careers neck-to-neck.
Both have had their club careers full of goals, individual and team trophies, but have had their fair struggles while playing for respective countries.
Messi, with 5 Ballon d'Ors to his name and Ronaldo with 3, haven't been able to win a major tournament with the national side until July 10, 2016.
While Argentina' failure at the 2016 Copa America forced the Barcelona forward to quit playing International Football Ronaldo led his young Portugal side all the way to lift the Euro 2016 against all odds.
The Portuguese squad which scraped through qualifying and then the group stage in the tournament were considered underdogs against hosts France in the final.
Led by the 29-year-old Messi, Argentina were favorites to be crowned as champions in Centenario. Boasting, arguably the best attacking unit in the world with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel di Maria; they failed to break the Chile defense which barely had a defender of the same class as that of the Argentine attack. Failure in the penalty shootout where Messi himself missed a penalty meant that his side had to return empty handed.
The Real Madrid man Ronaldo, whose final ended prematurely with an injury, was impressively motivational from the sidelines as his side edged the favorites France in extra-time.
Post match, the players revealed how inspiring Cristiano has been to the all tournament and specially in the final. He has been the prime reason, both on and off the field why Fernando Santos' men were able to clinch the title.
He has been the prime reason, both on and off the field why Fernando Santos' men were able to clinch the title.
Now, with a major title to his name with the national side, has Cristiano Ronaldo put an end to the Messi-or-Ronaldo debate? Has he left anything else to prove?