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Viral Tweet Shows 'The Difference' Between Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo When They Don't Score

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Viral Tweet Shows 'The Difference' Between Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo When They Don't Score

Lionel Messi's stunning performance without scoring vs Granada has seen one fan determine 'the difference' between Messi and longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The six-time Ballon d'Or winner registered one assist but played a part in every goal, earning 10/10 ratings from a number of stat sites.

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@KieranCFC88 tweeted a screenshot of Messi's stats without scoring compared to Ronaldo's when not scoring for Juventus.


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In terms of all around contribution on the pitch, Messi runs away with it thanks to playing in a deeper role.

His key passes completed and dribbling stats trump Ronaldo's, who is best suited to being in and around the box.

But Ronaldo's touches are dwarfed by that of Messi, who has over 100 more despite playing away from home.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA
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The 35-year-old still has a desire unlike any other to score goals, looking visibly frustrated after being denied a hat-trick goal vs Inter Milan on Tuesday..

Ronaldo was on two goals before Andrea Pirlo subbed him off in the 77th minute for Alvaro Morata.

Pirlo later defended his decision to sub off the Portuguese superstar, saying that there is "no contract clause that says he can't be subbed off."

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The Italian legend told Rai Sport: "It's normal that when you go out in a match like this you want to play to help the team.

"There is no contract clause that says he can't be subbed off. He knows he is a fundamental player for us but to get his breath back, he must always be at the top.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

"He proved it with his performances after some criticism. He couldn't have done better than that.

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"I said [to him] that he had to rest, we have an important match on Saturday. He has played many consecutive games, every now and then a little rest is good for him."

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo

Daniel Marland
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