Friday, November 22, 2013

Is there anyone on the same level as Ronaldo and Messi?

In the world of soccer, the 2 best players are hands-down Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Lionel Messi of Barcelona. But is there another player that is relatively near either of those 2? Here are three candidates:

1. Neymar Brazilian Forward of Barcelona

Neymar is young and has the potential to be better than Ronaldo and Messi in a couple of years. Although he is not quite on their level yet come back in a year or 2. 

2. Robin Van Persie Holland Forward of Manchester United 

Van Persie was the English Premier League Most Valuable Player [MVP] with Arsenal and when Manchester United gave up millions of dollars to acquire him, I, like so many others, did not believe he was worth the money and that the MVP year was a fluke. However, I was very wrong. Not only is Van Persie wreaking havoc with his own scoring skills, he is also finding excellent assists to fellow Forward Wayne Rooney who just barely missed the cut on this list. But he needs more than a knack for the goal to be in the same class as Ronaldo or Messi.

3. Xavi Hernandez Spanish Midfielder of Barcelona 

Another Barcelona player, Xavi has been the best at what he does: pass the ball and get everyone involved. A winner of a World Cup and two Euro Championship's with Spain, Xavi has seen his skills drop off slightly this year and last. That is why I must say that Xavi is not in the Ronaldo-Messi class.

Did I leave someone out? Or put someone too high? Post your comments!

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