Ahead of El Clasico, we compare both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and what our app users think of the two greatest players in the world today.
El Clásico is unquestionably the most watched football match on the planet. Two of the most successful teams in club football, Barcelona and Real Madrid, will again go head-to-head on Sunday in the most anticipated La Liga match of the year. Barcelona lead the European Champions by a single point at the top of the table despite Real dominating the game at the Bernabeu earlier this season and this could make or break either club’s season.
There is no talk of El Clásico in recent years without talk of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Star players for their respective clubs and countries, Messi and Ronaldo are undeniably the two greatest players in world football today and so we’ve created the below infographic based on how our users see the two.
The results in Argentina and Portugal are quite clear, but it’s countries like Japan and Congo DR which are the most surprising. Almost 80% of our Japanese users are more in favour of Messi, whilst on the other hand Ronaldo dominates Congo DR with 73% of the votes.
So what evidence is there to suggest why Lionel Messi is much more popular than Ronaldo in Japan? Well, perhaps it’s because in Japan Barcelona are more popular in our app than Manchester United – the only club more popular than United in this region. Perhaps it’s also that Messi has appeared on Japanese television highlighting his skills. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that four out of every five Japanese users of our app prefer Messi to Cristiano.
It’s also interesting that whilst Lionel Messi had more countries voting for him, the total number of votes was in favour of Ronaldo. The Madrid star recently overtook Shakira to become the world’s most ‘liked’ person on Facebook. But in our app, Messi is more dominant in La Liga with a 56/44 split in his favour.
Check out our infographic and comment below with the player you prefer, Messi or Ronaldo?
Here are the basic La Liga stats for both Messi and Ronaldo in the run up to Sunday’s El Clásico, courtesy of the Onefootball app. To see more information on both players, download Onefootball here. For the web version of the mobile app, click here.
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