The World’s Second Best

(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

I have often wondered what it must be like to be Cristiano Ronaldo.

In any other generation he would almost certainly be regarded as the best, and certainly the most effective, footballer on the planet but unfortunately he is plying his trade at the same time as one Lionel Messi (right) who happens to be in a class of his own.

Even this season with Ronaldo on fire, his nemesis, Messi, has also been going through a golden patch.

With both Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals we could also see, with a bit of luck, Messi and Ronaldo in a Wembley shoot-out on May 25th.

So good has Messi been that sometimes we forget the incredible scoring statistics of his rival Ronaldo.

The Portuguese star has been incredible in the scoring department in both the Premier League and La Liga.

With Manchester United, over two seasons and 103 games, he hit a total of 75 goals which is absolutely unbelievable in a league known for it’s defensive abilities.

In La Liga he really has come into his own, scoring 191 goals in 189 games to date and no matter what some people say about defences in this league, these goals are scored against some of the best players in Europe.

Add to these incredible statistics the fact that this superb athlete is hardly ever injured and plays in practically every game and you begin to understand why Madrid and Mourinho wouldn’t swap him for the one and only Messi.

Still, I’m sure Ronaldo wakes up some mornings and wishes that either he or Messi had been born in different eras.

Life can be cruel even when you are as good as Ronaldo.