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Messi vs Ronaldo: One GOAT dived shamelessly against Ghana, another GOAT does what is right for Argentina - Fans

08:10 GMT 27/11/2022
Cristiano Ronaldo Messi
35-year-old Messi put up a great shift to score and then set up the second as the Albicelestes picked up their first victory at Lusail Stadium

Lionel Messi's superb display for Argentina in their 2-0 World Cup victory against Mexico has sparked debate in Africa with supporters praising him ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Having lost their Group C opener 2-1 against Saudi Arabia, Argentina needed victory to keep their hopes alive in reaching the knockout stage and it was the 35-year-old Messi, who stepped up with a goal and assisted Enzo Fernandez.

Many fans in Africa believe Messi is better than Ronaldo. The latter has been accused of diving to win a penalty against Ghana in their Group H opener. After going down, Ronaldo stepped up to put the Selecao ahead and they went on to win 3-2.

Below is how fans compared Messi and Ronaldo after Saturday night's Argentina victory.

  • Messi Ronaldo

    Messi the real GOAT

    Some people's GOAT only scores from a dubious penalty awarded through his diving but the Real GOAT scores beauties from outside the box and gives spectacular assists. - Sketches Kwabena Barcelona

    Don't mind Ronaldo fans. They know nothing about football. He scored the goal outside the box, not a criminal penalty. - Siki GH

    We now see who is the real GOAT, he doesn't need to dive and get a fake penalty to score. - Nii Adotey Buckman

    He is the real GOAT fake ones always dived and got a penalty, that's the difference. - Francis G. Koomson

  • Mohammed Salisu, Cristiano Ronaldo

    Ronaldo dived against Ghana

    Don't mind them... Their G.O.A.T dived shamefully against Us(Ghana) The real G.O.A.T does what is right 😍 😍 😍 - Amoh Destiny

    As usual, Ronaldo dived during the Ghana-Portugal match. Instead of getting a yellow card, he was rewarded with a penalty. Messi is the proper GOAT. 😀 - @eapasera

  • Abdul Rahman Baba of Ghana, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo

    Ronaldo is a finished product

    Yes, he [Messi] scores proper goals. Not that finished product that will be given fake penalties and MOTM award. - Abotsi Baabah Blessing

    Ronaldo fans have no shame😏, Ghana is ranked last in this World Cup and he dived for penalty to score a goal, how on earth are you people still defending him? 😹😹 - @Efya_Serwaa7

  • Lionel-Messi

    Messi in a class of his own

    This is how the GOAT responds to unnecessary criticism. Lionel Messi is simply in a class of his own. With or without the World Cup. The World may never get to witness extraordinary talent like him again. The "GREATEST" of All Time 🤞🇦🇷🔥❤️- Champions Frescoboy

    Not by penalty + Assist. They don't force record for him, but he creates his own record. The Original GOAT. - Barrack Oghenevbogaga God'stime

  • Lionel Messi celebrate Argentina Mexico World Cup 2022

    Messi a humble player

    Messi is a very humble player by all standards. I love his composure and commitment in the game. When Messi is angry, he shows it under no pressure. The GOAT. - Cephas Atteh

  • Lionel Messi Argentina Mexico World Cup 2022

    Football is Messi

    You can't say you like football when you don't like Messi. Football is Messi and Messi is football. 👌 - Ayamga Ebenezer

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal WC 2020

    Ronaldo delivers under pressure

    Ronaldo is the one who delivers under pressure. Messi brought the pressure to himself, nobody forced him to lose against Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦. Anyways well done Leo💫 I’m happy to witness both of them playing at this level. - Appiah Willie Williams

  • Lionel Messi

    Messi is magic

    Those people don't know Messi. They started watching him when he went to PSG. They go and watch his Barca days.They will see lots of Messi Magic 🔥 - Kojo Agyei

    Messi have everything football people supposed to have... People don't understand that... a goal scorer is different than a play maker. Steven Yovo Agbosse

  • Lionel Messi Argentina 2022 World Cup HIC 16:9

    Where was Messi vs Saudi Arabia?

    Where was he [Messi] when they played against Saudi Arabia, don't make issues out of this win. It obvious they will win and qualify.😆 - Kwesi Adjei

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Messi

    Messi deserved MOTM

    Messi deservedly won the MOTM award tonight, not like Ronaldo who dived to get a penalty and played nothing in the game and still won the MOTM. - @BarcaPrincipal