Gary Lineker Puts An End To The Messi Vs Ronaldo Debate

Following his remarkable performance in Argentina’s World Cup semi-final victory over Croatia, Gary Lineker thinks Lionel Messi has put an end to the argument about who the “Greatest Of All Time” is.

Messi became Argentina’s all-time leading scorer at the World Cup when he scored from the penalty spot to start the three-goal triumph over Croatia. Messi broke four records in a typically talismanic display for his country, whom he will lead in the World Cup final to be played on Sunday.

The superstar had established himself as the greatest player of all time by leading Argentina to the Copa America championship last year. Winning the World Cup will complete his collection of trophies and put him on equal status with legends like fellow countryman Maradona and Brazil great Pele.

Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been vying for the title of greatest player (GOAT) for many years. However, many supporters and experts feel that Messi has significantly exceeded Ronaldo because he first won multiple individual and team trophies for his teams FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain before accomplishing the same for Argentina.

Gary Lineker, one of the most successful English strikers both for country and club tweeted after the match, “Is there still a debate? Asking for a goat.”


Over the course of more than ten years, the two athletes indulged in an unique sporting rivalry. Together, they won 12 of 13 consecutive Ballon d’Or awards, with Messi surpassing Ronaldo with seven individual honours to the Portuguese superstar’s five (Luka Modric, in 2018, was the only player to break the sequence).

It will be an exciting watch on Sunday between two powerhouses of world football and if the great Messi finally able to lay his hands on football’s greatest Trophy.

Sachin Kankaria

Sachin is a passionate content writer for Sportoversy. He covers a wide range of topics, including the latest news and analysis of the numerous athletes across the globe. Besides his professional work, He enjoys playing and coaching various sports, as well as rooting for his favorite teams. Whether he's on the field or behind a keyboard, Sachin is always striving to bring the best possible content to his readers.

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