This could have easily been an article centered around any other sport.
The GOAT (Greatest Of All Time, if you were wondering) argument cuts across all sport. The conversation is always on, especially in a sport like basketball.
Remember when Lebron James went past Micheal Jordan on the all-time NBA scoring list? That feat alone kicked off arguments that have not ended. We can as well say something like it happened in the world of football a few days back.
Cristiano Ronaldo, pulling off one of the most memorable heroics in the UEFA Champions League, grabbed Juventus and single-handedly helped them into the quarter-final, at the expense of Atletico Madrid.
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The Portuguese has had quite the footballing career. He has been involved in many unforgettable moments.
But that night in Turin, he took things up another level.
Expectedly, the arguments resurfaced.
All of a sudden, social media was agog with conversations about who the greatest football player of all time was.
While the Ronaldo fans pitched his performance against Atleti in their arguments, the Lionel Messi fans spoke about how he has shattered all records in Spain.
Each side in this argument seem to have varying points.
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However, they all seem to agree on one thing: That Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi should be ranked ahead of Pele and Diego Maradona.
The older generation, you may have noticed, thread with caution at this stage. They speak about how football is much more different now from what it was then.
Then they go on to elaborate on the contrasting differences between both eras.
One way or the other, these four players always make it into the G.O.A.T (football edition) conversation:
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Diego Maradona
- Lionel Messi
Arranging them in the alphabetical manner above, Diego Maradona will be the second best football player of all time. But we all know it doesn’t work that way.
There’s been too much noise about who the greatest is. It has been super hard for fans to come to a common consensus as to which footballer is head and shoulders above the rest. And from the look of things, this will continue for a while.
At this point, is it safe to assume that fans should be able to agree on which player is the second-best footballer in the history of the sport? If there’s so much noise about who the best is, the crown for second place shouldn’t be as fiercely contested, right?
What do you think? Which of these players do you think is the second best footballer of all time? Leave us your comments and join in the conversation.Tags: G.O.A.T, GOAT