How the evolution of football has affected Messi and Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the two best footballers in the last decade. They share nine FIFA Ballon d’Ors, eight UEFA Champions Leagues, ten La Liga titles and seven Copa del Reys. Ronaldo and Messi register 620 and 592 goals respectively, placing them as the 6th and 7th highest goal scorers in the history of football. They are undoubtedly two of the best players of all time. Here I looked beyond the sheer number of goals and sought evidence on how good Messi and Ronaldo are when compared to the historical greats. Are they better than players like Pele or Diego Maradona? Are they pushing their teams to the historical levels of greatness? And most importantly, what are the meanings of their insane goal-scoring records?

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