Data proves Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi and Pelé

The age-old debate of Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi doesn’t seem to be dying down just as yet as both players complete sensational transfers this summer.

The pair locked horns for nine years in Spain before Ronaldo moved to Italy and they shared the prestigious Ballon d’Or award for 10 straight years until Luka Modric’s triumph in 2018.

Earlier this summer, Messi left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain but his move was usurped by the response to Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United.

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Now, Tom Crawford, a mathematician at the University of Oxford, has made an attempt to end the debate on who the greatest of all time is. Dr. Crawford has developed an algorithm to determine who the ‘GOAT’ is, with Manchester United’s Ronaldo coming on top, ahead of Messi and Brazil legend Pelé, as the graphic above shows.

We are unlikely to ever have a definitive answer as it’s merely an opinion but Ronaldo will be happy to learn that he has data on his side.

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  1. First, the idea that the GOAT of the “Beautiful Game” can come down to a mathematical analysis is a ridiculous. But if you can get past that (I can’t), the emphasis on goal scoring and trophies does an injustice to every other position. What about Beckenbauer, Matthaus, Charlton, etc.? What about players who didn’t have teams around them already on the verge of winning trophies. It’s hilarious that Ronaldo gets credit for Juventus trophies after they had won 7 in a row without him and then finally lose with him in the side. What about all the chances players like Messi, Platini and Maradona created(s) for their teammates? Zero credit or indirect credit at best for that. If I were king of the world I would ban mentioning math and soccer in the same sentence.

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