The rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is unquestionably the most divisive in football. For many years, the debate over who is the superior player has captivated the thoughts of football fans and analysts.
More importantly, one of the things that has maintained them at the pinnacle of their profession is their prolific goal-scoring ability, which has seen them score a total of 1,531 goals in their lives.
The Portuguese player has scored goals with virtually every part of his body. Look at the two types of goals Cristiano Ronaldo has scored that Lionel Messi hasn't, which could give him the upper hand over Messi.
1. Bicycle-Kick Goals:
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a couple of spectacular bicycle kick goals during his career. In 2018, he scored one in the Champions League against Juventus and another while on international duty with Portugal.
On the 3rd of April 2018 in Turin, the Juventus fans gave Ronaldo a standing ovation for the elegance of this goal.
Lionel Messi has yet to score this type of goal, despite numerous failed tries in recent years.
In the Champions League in 2019, Messi attempted a bicycle kick against Manchester United, but he failed to score.
2. Back-heel Goals:
The back-heel is another stunning goal that Ronaldo has scored ahead of Messi. The Portuguese has demonstrated his dexterity on countless times with multiple back-heel goals.
He scored goals for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Portugal in the 2016 Euros.
In the 2016 Euros, a stunning back-heel goal by Cristiano Ronaldo restored parity against Hungary.
Messi has never scored a goal like this, and there is no evidence of him even attempting it.
Ronaldo has shown that he is more dexterous than Messi with the aforementioned goals. The comparison between them will continue as long as both players continue to have a significant impact on football.
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