Ask any football fan who’s better – Ronaldo or Messi – and they’ll have an opinion.
Football is a team game. The focused one-on-one rivalries that dominate other sports are virtually unheard of. But for the best part of the last decade, football has seen a personal contest unlike any that has come before: Cristiano and Leo.
This is their definitive story, from children kicking a ball halfway around the world from each other to their era-defining battle to be number one.
One a preening Adonis: a precise physical machine who blows teams away with his pace and power. The other a shuffling genius: able to do things with a football team that seem other-wordly. Their differences seem to tap into something fundamental about football and, indeed, life.
Between them they have scored over a thousand goals, won the Ballon d’Or ten times and redefined modern football. For the last ten years they have shared the accolade of the best footballer in the world and arguments rage over which one deserves the title of greatest player of all time.
Spanish and South American football expert Jimmy Burns has written the essential book to understand the defining players of a generation.