News Live Scores

Real Madrid Star Cristiano Ronaldo Beats Lionel Messi In Marca Study

After a year in which Lionel Messi won pretty much every accolade up for grabs, Cristiano Ronaldo can finally celebrate getting one over on the Argentine as Spanish daily Marca proclaimed that 'Cristiano Ronaldo is more complete than Messi'.

Ronaldo must be sick of the sight of Messi. Having watched the Barca man lift the Champions League trophy six months ago, he was again a spectator at the FIFA World Player of the Year Awards this week. 'CR9' isn’t used to second place.

However, a comprehensive study by Marca revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo is seemingly the more complete player, winning six out of the ten selected categories.

Having compared making a decision between the two as one as tough as "choosing between a mother or father", Marca concluded that Messi’s poor form for Argentina was a major factor in him losing out to the Portuguese who "gives you the feeling that he can perform to his best in any environment".

Here are the categories and Marca’s results in full.

Collective Game
Cristiano Ronaldo 7
Messi 8

Individual Technique
Cristiano Ronaldo 9
Messi 9

Physicality
Cristiano Ronaldo 10
Messi 7

Pace
Cristiano Ronaldo 9
Messi 8

Dribbling
Cristiano Ronaldo 8
Messi 10

Shooting
Cristiano Ronaldo 9
Messi 8

Passing
Cristiano Ronaldo 9
Messi 9

Heading
Cristiano Ronaldo 9
Messi 7

Leadership
Cristiano Ronaldo 9
Messi 7

Free-kicks and Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo 9
Messi 7

Rupert Fryer, Goal.com