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Ronaldo vs Ronaldo

Who was the better player? Not who had the better career which is CR7 but at their peak who was the better player? For me it’s R9. Most pros agree as when this question is asked almost every one I’ve seen says R9 was absolutely insane when he was fit and playing. Unlike Best and Pele etc I’ve seen both with my own eyes in person and R9 just had something of the supernatural about him. Some people judge a player on his output over the years which I get but at their absolute peaks it has to be R9.

Anyone agree? Or does CR7 edge it? Imagine how good R9 would have been had he stayed fit…

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

comment by it'sonlyagame (U6426)
posted 42 minutes ago
So what you're saying is Cristiano was better at tap-ins? Based on? Was Ronaldo comparatively profligate with good chances? I certainly don't remember him being so.

The one thing I would say was that Cristiano was more active in games and got himself into shooting positions more frequently. That doesn't make him a more efficient finisher though.
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So if I say CR7 is a better finisher, that must mean that R9 was "comparatively profligate"?

It's not about tap-ins. The way CR7 could finish from any position, on either foot or with his head. I'd trust him with a crucial chance more than just about anyone I've watched other than Messi. And yes, he had better instinctive movement to get himself into those scoring positions.

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

comment by The Process (U20671)
posted 20 minutes ago
2 goals from CR7 tonight. His longevity is incredible.

R9 was finished along time at 39 years old.
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Longevity is a different argument.

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

comment by T-BAD (U11806)
posted 55 minutes ago
If I had a cup final I'd probably take R9 pretty comfortably, but over the course of a season I'd probably go for CR7, but not such an easy pick.

R9 edges it for me. I don't really like CR7 but he's an absolute machine at what he does/did.
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Really. You'd pick R9 in a cup final? I loathed Ronaldo and Real Madrid and Ronaldo was the ultimate big game player who was annoyingly influential in an incredible number of big moments through his career.

While I might concede R9 was more entertaining to watch, I think a lot of people's personal dislike of CR7 as a character influences their perception.

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

Ultimately, they're both forwards and you simply can't argue against the reality that CR7's numbers are better - whether peak-on-peak comparisons or consistency. Unlike Messi who is a creative force with more nuances to his game, you can't really argue that there are more dimensions to R9's game that could make him better than CR7.

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

Think cr7 gets underrated, based on this thread

posted 6 days, 23 hours ago

R9 was great but sadly short lived. CR7 is a top 5-10 player of all time.

posted 6 days, 17 hours ago

comment by Cinciwolf-----JA606 NFL fantasy champ 2023 (U11551)
posted 6 hours, 16 minutes ago
R9 was great but sadly short lived. CR7 is a top 5-10 player of all time.
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If I created a separate article with below question in capitals and bold, with stars and neon lights and stuff all over the question, what would be your answer?

"Who was the better player? Not who had the better career which is CR7 but at their peak who was the better player?"

posted 6 days, 16 hours ago

"Who was the better player? Not who had the better career which is CR7 but at their peak who was the better player?"

That is what I thought was being asked? maybe some didn't read the OP and I get why some like CR7 better and think he was the better player but what you said is the way I thought about it, was good to have some decent football chatter again though

comment by Silver (U6112)

posted 6 days, 16 hours ago

comment by TheresOnlyOne7-0Reds (U1721)
posted 58 minutes ago
comment by Cinciwolf-----JA606 NFL fantasy champ 2023 (U11551)
posted 6 hours, 16 minutes ago
R9 was great but sadly short lived. CR7 is a top 5-10 player of all time.
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If I created a separate article with below question in capitals and bold, with stars and neon lights and stuff all over the question, what would be your answer?

"Who was the better player? Not who had the better career which is CR7 but at their peak who was the better player?"
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Goofy R10 'inho

posted 6 days, 16 hours ago


Original Ronaldo has one amazing season, Cristiano had about 10.
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