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THE FANS EFFECT ON FOOTBALL

The beautiful game of football is affected by so many things, ranging from the ball that is kicked around to the uniform they put on. The fan base in football isn’t left out, as it has a great impact on the gameplay of any and every team.

During the days of the coronavirus, when most countries implemented the lockdown protocol, there was a significant drain on the energy and entertainment that football brings to the table.

Home advantage refers to the advantage a sports team has over a visiting team when playing in their own arena. This could be due to the influence of supporters on players and referees, as well as playing in familiar surroundings and the effects of travel on the visiting team.

There are different ways in which fans affect football. One of which is the winning of a game.

 It is important to note that supporters or football fans in the stadium do give a team an edge in the possibility of winning a match.

Researchers discovered that a team is more likely to win at home than on the road.

However, it isn’t a case of the host team’s players being accustomed to the venue or the visiting team’s players being exhausted from their travels.

Instead, they discovered that it was due to the big crowd of fans’ enthusiasm.

At home games, a team’s supporters are likely to outnumber the opposition’s.

The researchers discovered that the ‘crowd impact’ had a significant and large effect on the home team’s chances of winning, increasing the probabilities by 21-22.8 percentage points.

In football, the crowd is commonly referred to as the “twelfth man.” And it is usually this person who wins you games.A club is nothing without its supporters, and what better way to encourage a triumph than a stadium full of raucous home fans? The following are some of the reasons why playing at home is advantageous:

Mental Advantage: Your emotions are shared by almost the entire stadium. With thundering applause and encouraging gestures, your every skill, tackle, and clearance is greeted with thunderous applause and encouraging gestures. Your goals appear to energise the audience, and they sing your name as loudly as they can. This is what motivates most players to give it their all on the pitch. At home, Liverpool and Broussia Dortmund fans are known for their unflinching support, even when their teams are struggling, and it is this faith that the players strive to reward during home games.

Acclimatization: The players have been accustomed to the circumstances on their home turf. It is common for away teams to struggle to acclimate to the conditions right quickly. The weather in England, for example, is not always the same in the north as it is in the south. When European football teams travel to other nations to play matches, the situation changes even more. Pitch patterns, in my opinion, have no bearing on any aspect of the game.

What is Fan engagement?

Simply defined, fan engagement occurs when your team or venue develops a more passionate and long-lasting bond with its fans. This notion is a novel way for fans to engage with your athletes and for a club or business to communicate with its fan base.

The legendary collapse of the European Super League is the best example of the strength of football fans. Fans reacted—and won—after the disclosure of the behind-closed-doors brokering of a Super League made up of the continent’s top clubs, which looked destined to destabilize, if not destroy, present leagues and competitions. Within days, practically every club had withdrawn from the project and apologized for their involvement.

While the exceedingly wealthy club owners made the pact (the players apparently had no input in the Super League’s formation and several criticized it), the sport’s four billion followers around the world got the final word.

To suggest that fan engagement is important is an understatement when viewed through this lens. If you’re considering a career in football, knowing about the phenomenon of fan engagement can give you a competitive advantage. Let’s take a closer look at this problem and what future leaders in the football industry should know about it.

Fan Tokens

Football officials have decided to bring some of the events that are taking place in a team closer to the fans.

As a die-hard sports fan or fanatic, you may find yourself experimenting with new ways to develop a closer and more personal relationship with your favorite teams or organizations. Perhaps this is why so many fans engage in fantasy sports or watch games in a bar, club, or restaurant with their friends to cheer on their favorite teams. Fan tokens (FTs) are the most recent enhancement on this front, allowing their holders to enjoy sports in a unique way.

Fan tokens, also known as sports cryptocurrencies, are digital assets that help teams, leagues, clubs, organizations, and athletes increase fan involvement. It’s especially beneficial for teams to stay in touch with fans who reside in different parts of the country and may not have the resources or freedom to communicate directly.

Sport teams participating in fan tokens

The sports sector has been rocked by a surge of sports tokens and increased fan interaction. Several teams have seized the initiative. For example, Atlético de Madrid was one of the first football clubs to issue FTs in January 2020. FC Barcelona, Valencia CF, AC Milan, Juventus, Manchester City, and AS Roma were among the teams that followed them. The Cleveland Cavaliers have joined a fan token platform in basketball.

The Punjab Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Kolkata Knight Riders are among the Indian Premier League franchises that have joined a blockchain-powered sports engagement platform. Gaming, motorsports, and even mixed martial arts (MMA) have all begun shipping their own blockchain-based tokens to fans all over the world.

Conclusion

The fan base in football is a very important part of the game. Winning and losing a game can be affected by the fans’ screams and noise. The fan base, just like any other factor, has a great way of contributing to a match.

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THE EVOLUTION OF SOCCER JERSEYS AND BALLS

All football enthusiasts around the world, as well as those with inquiring minds, would have asked about the change in the football ball at some point. This article provides a concise and in-depth explanation of how football uniforms have evolved over the last century.

The Evolution of the Soccer Jersey

There is a long and ancient story behind the evolution of soccer uniforms. The soccer uniforms, which are generally called jerseys, play a significant role in the game, and it goes beyond just wearing the uniforms.

When football first started, there was nothing like a team’s uniform. Athletic costumes were not mentioned in the Cambridge Rules, which were adopted in 1848. For the majority of the Victorian era, players wore white shirts, long trousers, and bright hats or scarves to distinguish between competing teams. It wasn’t until approximately 1870 that the public began to demand that teams dress more uniformly.

Team colors were usually chosen to complement the school or club they represented. The Shrewbury School, for example, donned white jerseys with the school’s blue Maltese Cross.

Samuel Widdowson, a player for the Nottingham Forest soccer team, designed shin guards in 1874. Before attaching them to his legs outside his stockings, he chopped and reshaped a pair of cricket pads. Despite the fact that his proposal was initially mocked, it soon gained traction among other participants. Soccer jerseys quickly became a worldwide fashion trend once they became fitted.

Jerseys grew a little more athletic-friendly in the mid-to-late 1900s. They had shorter sleeves and v-neck styles and were composed of light synthetic fabrics.

Soccer kits began to resemble the athletic apparel worn on the field now in the 1960s. Over the next few decades, teams began selling reproductions of famous players’ signature jerseys, and jerseys became increasingly commercial.

In the 1990s, athletic fabric that was lighter and more breathable than ever before was produced, and the popularity of the soccer shirt skyrocketed, with duplicate jerseys being extensively sold throughout the world.

Sponsorship

Every single team has sponsors, and the uniform has become a way for those sponsors to put themselves out there by putting their logo on the jerseys. It has become a way of promoting a brand.

Technology

Technology features in all aspects of human life, and, surprisingly, it is not left out in the football jersey. Just ask the studs of the Italian national team. According to the BBC, the World Cup’s high-tech football shirts will be able to administer massages during the game. The shirts have a unique adhesive that gives the wearer “micro-massages” and “maximizes muscle power” by allowing the body to recuperate from effort faster.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what technology has done to the football jersey.

The Evolution of the Soccer Ball

I’m sure at one point in our lives, every one of us has had the thought linger in our mind, “What was the ball like?” You’re in the right place because I’m about to break it all down for you.

Animal skulls were used! Alternatively, a pig’s bladder Can you envision utilizing a skull in this situation? They didn’t have cleats or shin protection, so it had to be either an extremely painful game or a very slow-moving, frustrating one. A pig’s bladder sounds much better than a skull, but it would be far less durable. I don’t think a bladder is that light or has a lot of “spring” or “bounce.”

Vulcanized rubber soccer ball by Charles Goodyear

Because the pig’s bladder wasn’t cutting it for people, Charles Goodyear created the first vulcanized rubber soccer ball in 1855. This was a big step forward because it began to standardize the size and shape of a soccer ball. Pig bladders came in all shapes and sizes, and they were nearly impossible to regulate! H.J. Lindon created the next version of the soccer ball in 1862. He developed an inflatable rubber bladder that was lighter than Goodyear’s rubber ball and retained its shape better.

His wife had died of lung disease previously. According to reports, hundreds of pig bladders were blown up by her. Because of the negative consequences of blowing up pig bladders, Lindon was likely inspired to invent the inflatable rubber bladder. The rubber bladders in the balls guaranteed that the ball would stay rigid and oval. Lindon also claimed to be the inventor of the rugby ball, but he never filed a patent for it. The round ball was favoured in those days because it was easier to kick, while the oval ball was easier to manage.

A decade later, the English Football Association finally added weight and size specifications for soccer balls to the game. According to them, the ball should be “spherical with a circumference of 27 to 28 inches” and weigh 13 to 15 ounces, according to them. According to the Law of Football, it also had to have an “outer casing of leather or other acceptable materials.” This led to the mass production of soccer balls, with higher quality balls using cow rump leather and lower quality balls using cow shoulder leather. Because the balls were hand-stitched, there were minor differences and discrepancies. Another fascinating fact: this type of soccer ball was used to invent basketball!

The breakthrough came in 1951, when the soccer ball turned white!

Soccer balls were totally manufactured from synthetic materials by the 1960s. Buckminster Fuller used 20 hexagonal and 12 pentagonal pieces stitched together to form a sphere to produce the classic soccer ball we all know and love. This is when the famous black pentagons were added. The black pieces were added to help players learn how to curve a soccer ball and follow its course. The “Buckeyball” was the name given to the ball, and it is still being produced today.

In the early days of international soccer, different countries preferred different types of soccer balls. This sparked a lot of debate. With the establishment of an international board, FIFA regulated the size, weight, and type of balls.

Conclusion

The evolution of football jerseys over the decades is a topic to talk about. The uniform players wear have evolved so well over the years giving the players maximum comfort while they play the game and entertain us.

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HISTORY OF FOOTBALL

Football also known as association football or soccer has a long history. It is a competitive sport played by two teams of 11 players each who try to maneuver the ball into the other team’s goal without using arms and hands. The term soccer first appeared in the 1880s as a slang abbreviation of association football, credited to Charles Wreford-Brown. This is a sport that requires a great skill of athleticism and agility. It is the most popular sport all over the world. What is the origin of this game? When did it begin? How has it developed over the years?

ORIGIN

The origin of football is way back second and third centuries BC in reference to a game played with the feet. Tsu-Chu is an ancient Chinese football game played by the Chinese military. It is the earliest known recorded game of football. Tsu means ‘to kick the ball with feet’ and the word Chu means ‘a stuffed ball made of leather’. It is a competitive game that involves kicking a ball through an opening into a net without the use of hands but the players can make use of their body in order to hold off their opponents.

About 500 years later, Japanese kamari came into place which resembles football. Players may use any body parts with the exception of arms and hands. The ball is made of deerskin and stuffed with barley grains to give it shape. The one who kicks the ball is called mariashi. Although, the game is not competitive, its aim is just to keep one ball in the air, with all players cooperating to do so.

However, modern football was originated in Britain in the 19th century. Britain happens to be the home of soccer. For a long time, there was no clear distinction between soccer and rugby. The game was often played in public schools (Rugby and Eton-the two predominant schools). At Rugby, the rules included the possibility to take up ball with the hands. The game rugby has its origin from here. At Eton on the other hand, the game was played exclusively with feet. This game can be seen as a predecessor to modern football.

DEVELOPMENT OF OFFICIAL RULES

The need for the development of official rules became clear into the 19th century as each school played with different rules. The first attempt to bring together a collection of rules was at a meeting in Cambridge in 1848. The Cambridge Rules of 1848 were the first known set of rules laid down officially around the game. The new rules, however, was not universally accepted, many clubs retained their own rules, especially in Sheffield. It took several meetings until it was decided that football was a game that exclusively should be played with feet (dribbling-kicking game) and not by hands (catch-and-run game), hence, the division of football and rugby. In 1857, Sheffield Football Club was created with rules a lot closer to what we know today as Rugby. In 1863, the Football Association (FA) was formed. Also, in 1871, the Rugby Football Union was formed. It was on April 1877 that a cohesive set of rules for football were finally agreed upon. Although, several changes have been made to the rules over the years. In 1891, penalty kick became part of rules while penalty shoot-out was introduced in 1970. In 1958, substitutes were introduced. In 1970, yellow and red cards were introduced into the game. The biggest change came in 2012 when goal-line technology was introduced. Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was introduced into the Laws of the Game by IFAB (International Football Association Board) in 2018.

FORMATION OF FOOTBALL LEAGUES

The English Football League was founded on 17th April, 1988. The initiative was taken by William McGregor, a club director of Aston Villa. The first season began on 8th September, 1888 and ended 20 April,1889 with 12 member clubs; Accrington, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Everton, Nolts County, Preston North End, Stoke, West Brownwivh Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Each club played the other twice once at home and once away. The first season champion then was Preston North End. The league was expanded to second and third division. This expansion enabled the conditions for the introduction of promotion and relegation 1898 .i.e. clubs that top a division can move to a higher division while clubs that are at the bottom position will be relegated to a lower division. Premier League came into place in 1992 as the top tier of the English Football League system. The other top leagues are LaLiga (1929, Spain), Bundesliga (1962, Germany), Serie A (1898, Italy), Ligue 1 (1932, France) s

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

By 20th century, football had spread across Europe. The first international match took place in England on the 5th of March, 1870 in which England hosted Scotland. In 1904, the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) was formed in Paris. An Englishman Daniel Woolfall was the first FIFA president in 1906. Football made its official Olympic debut at London Games in 1908. The first FIFA World cup was held in 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 1991, the first Women’s World Cup was played IN China. In 1954, the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) were established. UEFA organized the UEFA Champions League in 1955 and it is contested by top-division European clubs. Also, organized by UEFA in 1955 is the European Cup which is known as UEFA Europa League today. It is the second tier as Champions League is the first tier. Teams that do not qualify for Champions League and are next-in-line are eligible for UEFA Europa League competition, teams not eligible for UEFA Europa League will qualify for a new third-tier competition called the UEFA Europa Conference League. The winner of the Champions League qualifies for the following year’s Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA World Cup while the winner of the UEFA Europa League automatically qualifies for the next year’s Champions League.

Today, football is played at a professional level all over the world. According to the latest FIFA’s Professional Football Report, there were at least 3,903 professional clubs in existence. It has also been estimated that there are 250 million association football players in the world. Football has been developing over the years and will continue to develop.       

Conclusion

The game of football is the most played game in the world, uniting every nation. For something that is really important, the history should be known and taught all over the world.  

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FOOTBALL RULES AND REGULATIONS

Football is a wonderful game that practically every human on the planet enjoys and watches. Every human being is linked to football in some manner. Football has always carried the joy it brings with it, from the very first match between youngsters on the street through the FIFA World Cup final.

The regularity of the game is what makes it so appealing. The match’s rules and regulations must be consistent. Over time, such regulations have been updated or adjusted to improve the game and assure fairness for all players on the field, including the goalkeeper.

Since 1904, FIFA has been the international governing organization of the seventeen laws of association football, with headquarters in Switzerland.

FIFA has more than 200 members who represent various countries. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) amended its 150-page rule book in 2013.

The Purpose of the Game Football

In football, there is only one goal. The team that scores the most goals at the end of the game will be the winner. Goals are scored by kicking or heading the football ball into the other team’s goal net.

2022 FIFA Football Regulations

1. Football Rules: The Playing Field

A rectangular field of play is required by soccer rules and regulations. Clear and continuous delineated boundary lines should be present on a playing area.

The field surface can be totally natural (for example, grass) or artificially dyed green (e.g. AstroTurf)

The touchlines are the rectangle’s two longest border lines. The goal lines, on the other hand, will serve as the two shorter boundary lines. The field is divided into two equal-sized halves by the midway line.

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2. Pitch Dimensions in Football

• The length of a standard touch line should be at least 90 meters and no more than 120 meters.

• The width of the goal line should be at least 45 meters but no more than 90 meters.

3. FIFA Regulations: The Party

FIFA Law 2 sets the international standard for football ball weight and size. Verify the integrity of all approved match balls used in association football games.

4. The Players Before the Start of a Football Match

• Football competitions’ basic rules and regulations allow two teams to compete against each other. Each squad shall consist of no more than eleven players. The match referee conducts a coin toss to determine which team will choose the initial direction of play before any play begins.

• The maximum number of substitutes permitted in a match varies depending on the competition.

5. FIFA Equipment Rules and Regulations

The rules of American football and the rules of English football are noticeably different. The shape of soccer balls is one of the most striking disparities.

A football ball used in official sanctioned matches must have a circumference of 27 to 28 inches.

It must also be properly inflated to the proper pressure before the game begins (checked and confirmed by the 4th official).

6. Rules and Regulations for Football Referees

• Match referees have complete power over the 17 laws of football. The football referee is in charge of the game and ensures that all of the fundamentals are followed.

• Football officials use yellow and red caution cards to signal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct.

• The referee will issue disciplinary action for foul play and misbehavior.

• Interfering with a referee’s decision may result in extra punishment.

• In soccer, penalty kicks are awarded for any direct free kick offense committed inside or outside their team’s penalty area

7. How Long Do They Last?

Each contest is divided into two halves. Each half lasts 45 minutes of normal play time, with a fifteen (15) minute half-time break.

For time lost due to injuries and player substitutions, extra playing time is normally enforced at the discretion of the referee. An abandoned match is typically rescheduled and replayed at a later date.

8. Starting and Restarting Play

Goal kicks, corner kicks, free kick and throw in are used in restarting a game.

9. The outcome of a match

A goal is scored when the ball enters the goalmouth and ‘fully’ crosses the goal line. The team that scores the most goals once the game is over (e.g. after the final whistle) is named the winner.

However, if the scores are tied at the end of the game, the game is a draw. To determine the victor, certain football competition rules allow for extra time (30 minutes) or a penalty shootout.

10. Offside

If any part of a player’s head, body, or feet is in the opponents’ half (except the halfway line) and any part of the head, body, or feet is closer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent, the player is in an offside position.

11. Free Kicks

‘Direct’ and ‘indirect’ free kicks are the two types of free kicks. A player can take a direct free kick and aim it ‘straight’ into the goal of the opposing team.

12. The Penalty Kick

If a player commits a direct free kick offence inside their own penalty area, the referee will give a penalty kick.

13. The Throw in

When the team in control of the ball plays it out of bounds, a throw in is granted (over a touchline). A player must (both):

• Release the ball with both hands simultaneously while taking a throw-in.

• To prevent making a ‘foul throw,’ keep both feet firmly planted on the ground.

If these conditions are not followed, play is stopped and the other side is awarded a throw-in. It is not permitted for players to score directly off a throw-in.

14. The Goal Kick

When the offensive team plays the ball out of bounds over the defensive team’s goal line, a goal kick is given.

The defender or goalkeeper may place the ball anywhere within the six-yard goal box to kick the ball back into play after it has been taken out of play.

15. The Corner Kick 

When the defensive team plays the ball out of bounds past their own goal line, the offensive team is given a corner kick.

The offensive team places the ball in the defined corner area and kicks it back into play. A player can score immediately after taking a corner kick.

Conclusion

Football is a beautiful game that is admired by all and the one thing that ensures this quality remains is the rules and regulations that are tied to it. Without the rules and regulations in the game, there will never really be a fair match which would reduce the integrity of the game.

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THE GOAT CONSPIRACY IN FOOTBALL

 G.O.A.T: The Contention in our Generation

GOAT is the acronym for Greatest Of All Time. It is an honor meant to be given to the best player ever in the history of a sport or activity. Football, as a sport has seen a rapid growth in influence and popularity over the years and is currently the most watched sport in the world according to various statistics. Hence, there has been an intense debate over who the Greatest Of All Time in football is. If you are a football fan, chances are you already have your personal pick on this talk as well, but let us do a review together.

Arguably, everyone in the world has heard of the names: Messi and Ronaldo. Football witnessed two of its greatest players in the 21st century and a lot believe that these two have surpassed all other before them and hence the contention about who the Greatest Of All Time should be between Lionel Andres Messi of Argentina and Cristiano Dos Santos Ronaldo of Portugal. This article takes a peak at different abilities of these players

Messi plays two positions mainly- right winger and attacking midfielder. He is well known for his dribbles, tricky runs, body feints, curly shots, excellent vision and passing skills.

Ronaldo on the other hand, is currently playing as a centre striker. He has previously played as a winger and he is well known for his dribbles while in Manchester United and early days in Real Madrid but he is currently well known for his goal scoring, fighting spirit, knuckle shots and stunning headers.

Let us look at how they have both done on some vital aspects of football:

GOALS

Goals give football its ultimate meaning. It is the mark of separation between winners and losers. Ronaldo is currently the highest goal scorer in football with 810 goals in 1115 appearances while Messi has 761 goals in 967 appearances. There are people who argue that Ronaldo only has more goals because he has played more matches (148 matches) but Ronaldo did not start as a forward, he spent the first years helping in the buildups to goals.

Also, Ronaldo has moved to different leagues, 4 times in total but to 3 different leagues. In football, playerp transfers has always been risky because not all players adapt easily or even at all to a new league. Messi, currently in PSG, has a total of 3 league goals in 21 appearances. This has further been a proof to those that support Ronaldo that player transferring to other leagues is not always easy.

ASSISTS

Behind goals, there is always the brilliant mind that made the goal possible. Playmaking and assists go hand in hand and in this field Messi is the bigger bus, totally 328 assists while Ronaldo has 230 career assists. Cristiano Ronaldo’s evolution as a striker has made him to be more of a receiver than the initiator of goals but Messi has continued to play the role of both and even though his goal scoring prowess seem to be on hold right now, he is the leading assister in Ligue 1 with a total of 13 assists. His passing skills are also still very great as he averages 86.1% passes and 2.6 key passes per game compared to Ronaldo’s 82.3% passes and 0.9 key passes per game.

 TROPHIES AND INDIVIDUAL HONOURS

Trophies are the crown of winners and in football winning trophies is very important. Trophies help earn respect, differentiate the big teams from the small team. These two players have won quite a lot of trophies at club level and also at country level. Messi leads the trophy hunt with a total of 38 trophies while Ronaldo has 34 trophies

In terms of individual awards, they have both won a lot awards, broken and set lots of records and the key ones are listed below:

MESSI

7-TIME BALLON D’OR WINNER

6-TIME FIFA WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

6-EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE

8-PICHICHI AWARD(LA LIGA TOP SCORER)

6-TIME LA LIGA PLAYER OF THE SEASON

6-TIME CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HIGHEST GOAL SCORER

RONALDO

5-TIME BALLON D’OR WINNER

5-TIME FIFA WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

4-EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE

7-TIME CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HIGHEST GOAL SCORER

TOP SCORER AWARDS IN 3 LEAGUES

1 FIFA GOLDEN FOOT AWARD

2-TIME PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE SEASON

MESSI’S RECORDS

MOST BALLON D’OR AWARDS

MOST FIFA BEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR

GUINESS WORLD RECORD FOR THE MOST OFFICIAL GOALS IN A CALENDAR YEAR

ALL TIME TOP SCORER FOR ARGENTINA

ALL TIME TOP SCORER FOR BARCELONA

ALL TIME LEADING HIGHEST ASSISTER IN FOOTBALL

RONALDO’S RECORDS

MOST GOALS OF ALL TIME IN FOOTBALL

MOST INTERNATIONAL GIALS IN FOOTBALL HISTORY

HIGHEST GOAL SCORER IN THE HISTORY OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

HIGHEST ASSISTER IN THE HISTORY OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

ALL TIME TOP SCORER FOR REAL MADRID

ALL TIME TOP SCORER FOR PORTUGAL

IMPACT IN MATCHES AND CLUBS’ LEGACIES

Results matter but it will be so unfair to judge only by the end result of any issue, especially on a debate such as this. Over the years, Ronaldo and Messi have both been praised for their match winning abilities and showing up for their teams when needed the most. Messi has cemented himself as a Barcelona Legend while Ronaldo is a legend both in Manchester United and Real Madrid and getting hononary mentions in Juventus. Nothing can compare to watching these brilliant minds play in their golden age.

All said and done, your choice on who the G.O.A.T is depends more on you and your preferences. People that generally love completeness pick Ronaldo, as he has demonstrated abilities in every aspects of football, from passes, to dribbles, to headed goals, to efficient use of both feet and the excellent fighting spirit. Whereas people that love gentle but super efficiency choose Messi, as he is known to be gentle but deadly, while known majorly as a left footer, he has proven unstoppable anytime he is in the mood, and till date, his playmaking skills are still arguably one of the best the world is seeing.

Conclusion

The search for the G.O.A.T in football is an endless search. Though, there will be comparisons between players but the fact will always remain. Fans will always choose to take side with their favourite. Meanwhile, the conspiracy has been a very good publicity for football.

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