Cristiano Ronaldo under spotlight as ‘GOAT’ debate drags on

Some fans and critics brush off Ronaldo’s GOAT status, refuse to weigh in on his performance in Saudi Pro League

Al Nassr’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his team’s fourth goal in the Saudi Pro League game against AlWehda at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz Stadium on February 9, 2023. — AFP

Despite putting on a remarkable display of prowess dominating the football pitch for nearly two decades, it seems that Cristiano Ronaldo is still under the spotlight with him being compared to Lionel Messi in the greatest of all time (GOAT) debate that keeps on dragging.

Owing to the fact that it’s been some time since Ronaldo won a major award as his last Ballon d’Or came in 2017 along with a major title win in 2020, fans and critics have put the Portuguese star under scrutiny for falling behind rival Messi, reported

The question of whether the GOAT debate should continue is a difficult one, as one camp considers the “Ronaldo-era” to be over, whereas some still believe that the legendary forward could still make a comeback and win the “Euro 2024” for Portugal along with bagging the GOAL50 award in 2024.

One can easily imagine a revitalised Ronaldo causing mayhem in Germany come summertime, prompting us all to ponder over the age-old question of Ronaldo vs Messi. However, some consider this to be too far-fetched, contending that both the strikers have duly earned rest as they’ll turn 39 and 37, respectively, next year.

Some fans and critics are of the view that despite Ronaldo’s noteworthy performance for Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League, the former Man United star cannot be considered one of the best contending that his performance has not come in any elite tournament.

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