The Euro 2016 Final is done, and Cristiano Ronaldo suffers a bittersweet victory after being forced off the game. Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s rival Lionel Messi has sworn off international duty after losing the Copa America 2016 final game.
As the two rivals complete their international duties playing for their countries, here’s a comparison of the rivals’ performances at the international football tournaments.
Lionel Messi for Argentina at the Copa America 2016
Lionel Messi missed Argentina’s first Copa America game due to a sustained back injury. He also had a legal battle back in Argentina for tax fraud. However, the committed Messi flew to the USA to compete for Copa. His back injury reduced his minutes in the match. He went into his first game during the last 30 minutes and produced a hat trick. He continued his brilliant performance by breaking the long-standing record of Gabriel Batistuta by producing his 55th international goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal at Euro 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo suffered terribly at the group stage matches for Portugal. From missing on-target goals to shot penalties, Ronaldo had one of the worst episodes of his international career in Euro 2016. Like Messi, Ronaldo also broke a historic record of equaling Michel Platini’s nine Euro goals. However, Ronaldo was cheated out of the chance to avenge their loss at the Euro 2016 final. At the ninth minute, Ronaldo crashes into Dimitri Payet and the clash leaves him crumpled on the ground. Determined to continue the game, he struggles to play with his injury. During the 25th minute, his knee finally gave out on him. In tears, Ronaldo could do nothing but ceremoniously pass the armband to Nani. He came back to the game during the extra time and boosted the players’ morale. As Eder kicked the winning goal for Portugal, victory must have been bittersweet for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo
Though Lionel Messi quit in frustration after the Copa America 2016 final loss, he still emerged in a better form. Despite the loss, Messi was able to play on and bring glory to Argentina, defending it to the very last minute.
Ronaldo, on the other hand, suffered loss and humiliation starting from the group stages until the Euro 2016 final. Being forced out of the finals game due to an injury is worse than losing while playing. Although Ronaldo did his best at the sidelines, the football player may not have this glorious moment again. What’s worse, he may never deliver the winning kick for Portugal ever again.