Liverpool thrashed Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday, with three goals from Mohamed Salah and one each from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota. The result was an embarrassing 5-0 defeat for United, who had been leading the Premier League standings.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese superstar who plays for Manchester United, played the entire 90 minutes of the game, and the result was one of his two worst defeats in his professional football career.
Ronaldo's long-time opponent for individual honors, Lionel Messi, has also endured a slew of humiliating defeats during his professional football career, but who has suffered the most humiliating defeats between the two?
We will be comparing some of Lionel Messi's most humiliating career defeats to those of Cristiano Ronaldo in the sections below.
At the time of writing, Ronaldo's 5-0 loss against Liverpool remains his joint-worst defeat in his professional football career, both at club and international level.
It was the other occasion Ronaldo lost a game by the same scoreline that occurred on November 29, 2010 during a La Liga encounter between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium. Real Madrid were defeated by their long-time adversary, 5-0, in this match.
During his professional career, Cristiano Ronaldo has also lost four games by a four-goal margin.
Despite his legacy as one of the greatest football players of all time, Lionel Messi has had a number of crushing defeats throughout his career.
Messi's most humiliating defeat came on the 14th of August, 2020, when Barcelona lost 8-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League at Camp Nou.
It was while representing his country that he suffered his second-worst career defeat. A 21-year-old Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates were defeated 6-1 by Bolivia on April 1, 2009, in a South American World Cup qualification game between the two nations.
With the exception of the two games stated above, Lionel Messi has also lost four other games in his career by a margin of four goals or more.
According to the data presented above, Lionel Messi has experienced greater losses than Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the past, the Argentinian legend has been defeated by six goals and five goals, whereas Ronaldo has been defeated by a five-goal margin in two of his three games.
During their respective careers, both players have been defeated by a four-goal margin four times each.
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