1. If we rate player according to the mojo they bring to the game, Messi cannot ace Ronaldinho and Jay Jay Okocha. He cannot even come close to Ronaldo De Lima or Zinedine Zidane. No way.
2. If we rate players by the number of FIFA World Cup trophies, Messi would be in the same category with Yakubu Aiyegbeni of Nigeria who has never won one.
3. If we rate players based on nations cup like trophies, Messi should be doing ‘yes, boss’ to Cristiano Ronaldo.
4. If we rate players based on the number of goals scored, here’s how Messi would rank:
- Arthur Friedenreich – 1, 329 goals
- Pele – 1,281 goals
- Josef Bican – 805 goals
- Romario – 743 goals
- Gerd Muller – 711 goals
- Ferenc Puskas – 700 goals
- Eusebio – 621 goals
- Cristiano Ronaldo – 600 goals
- Ferenc Deak – 576 goals
- Messi – 565 goals
Based on these facts, rating Messi above others players mentioned here is tantamount to overrating Messi.
Messi is great. Sure. But is he the greatest? Is he better than Ronaldo?