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How Would You Rank Ronaldinho, Messi, Zidane, Ronaldo And CR7 From 1 To 5?

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Ojedeji Michael
, Nigeria.
A very difficult and interesting question to answer. Let’s start as you mentioned in the question -

Ronaldinho - One of the greatest dribblers,blessed with unmatched technical ability, a pure treat to watch,on his day will put the very best to shame. He was the player to start the Barca dominance of the current era and also a important player in 2002 WC triumph for Brazil and also won the Ballon D’or. But it was a shame for himself that his prime was so short-spanned & I don’t find anyone else but him to blame for this.

Messi - Probably the best ever individual to ever touch the ball. Every part you mention starting from play-making, ball control, visionary, finishing - he is second to none. Plays for the club which I hate the most, still can’t help but praise this genius every time. 4 Champions League, 8 la liga(on course for the 9th) and 5 Ballon D’or ,91 goals in a single calendar year - records speaks for himself.

Zidane - The reason for me start watching football. Absolute genius. The way he used to glide through the field is the best thing ever happened to football. and when the time came, He always stepped it up - World Cup Final in 1998, UEFA Euro 2000, Champions League Final 2002, World Cup 2006(he came after retirement and took them to final and scored also, but then sent off which was the only black mark in his outstanding career).

Ronaldo - The Brazilian master, Popularly dubbed "O Fenômeno" (The Phenomenon), was the best player ever in his peak years. Did all the unthinkable things singlehandedly- dribbling,scoring- he was the best in every department in his days. But sadly his prime was also cut short and although he suffered some nasty injuries, his poor lifestyle also has to be blamed.

Cristiano Ronaldo - ‘Hard work beats talent if talent dos not work hard’ - all of us have seen this quote in some Facebook or twitter pages regularly, but CR 7 is probably the best example of making this quote true. A hard worker and true professional, he has achieved things mortals can only dream about.

He started his career in Sporting Lisbon, then moved to Manchester United, then to Real Madrid and also plays for Portugal in National colors - and his achievement in all this teams are matched by none. He is the only player to win all the trophies possible at club level with two different clubs - League, Cup, Champions League, Club World Cup, Golden Shoe, Golden Ball. 5 Ballon D’or, 4 golden shoe, champions league top scorer(6 seasons) - everything he has achieved personally adding to the team accolades. Also he has a Euro Championship(2016) to show for with a very mediocre Portugal team, a trophy still evades Messi.

So for me,the ranking will be CR7=>Messi>Zizou>Ronaldo>Ronaldinho.

Phillip Michael Mpalabule
I'm smart enough to be praised for being stupid
7w ago
This is by far the hardest football question I have ever had to answer. First and foremost, these are VERY DIFFERENT players, playing in different positions and having different playing styles.

To most people, including myself, this is a stupid question. But let me try to go through it without ranking the players because they can't be compared. All of them, were the beginning of a new position in modern football. So I'll use the list you have highlighted above.


Ronaldinho is regarded as one of the greatest and most skilful players of his generation.

Due to his ability to score and create goals, he was capable of playing in several offensive positions, on either wing or in a central position.

Throughout his career, he was deployed as a forward, a winger, although he usually played as an attacking midfielder behind the striker.

Despite primarily being a creative player, he was an accurate finisher with either foot, both from inside and outside the penalty area, and was also a free kick and penalty kick specialist.

Throughout his career, Ronaldinho was praised in particular, for his technical skills and creativity; due to his pace, acceleration, agility, balance, ball control, and dribbling ability. He was capable of beating players when undertaking individual runs, often using feints in one on one situations.

Among his repertoire of moves, Ronaldinho was one of the best exponents of the elastico, a move he learned by watching videos of one of his idols, the 1970s Brazilian star Rivelinho.

According to ESPN, he's "skillful by nature, his tricks are unparalleled and he is wonderful with the ball at his feet. One of the coolest players in pressure situations and a fast, brash, skilful, tricky, an uninhibited playmaker who provides a mix of goals, assists, skills and a large repertoire of crafty moves".

Ronaldinho was the first modern day No.10. He provided all the foundations for that number and killed the No.8 position.


Due to his short stature, Messi has a lower centre of gravity than taller players. This gives him greater agility, allowing him to change direction more quickly and evade opposing tackles, which has led the Spanish media to dub him La Pulga Atómica ("The Atomic Flea".

Despite being physically unimposing, he possesses significant upper-body strength. Combined with his low centre of gravity and resulting balance, it aids him in withstanding physical challenges from opponents.

He has consequently been noted for his lack of diving in a sport rife with playacting. His short, strong legs allow him to excel in short bursts of acceleration while his quick feet enable him to retain control of the ball when dribbling at speed, leading to his former Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola stating, "Messi is the only player that runs faster with the ball than he does without it."

Although he improved his ability with his weaker foot since his mid-20s, Messi is predominantly a left-footed player using the outside of his left foot, to begin dribble runs and the inside of his foot to finish and provide passes and assists.

As prolific goalscorer, Messi is known for his finishing, positioning, quick reactions, and ability to make attacking runs to beat the defensive line. He also functions in a playmaking role, courtesy of his vision and precise passing. He is also an accurate free kick and penalty kick taker, though his ability on penalties has somewhat deteriorated in recent seasons. His pace and technical ability enable him to undertake individual dribbling runs towards goal, in particular during counterattacks, usually starting from the halfway line or the right side of the pitch.

He is widely considered to be the best dribbler in the world, and one of the greatest of all time, with regard to this ability. The ball stays glued to his foot. There have been several great players in football, but I've never seen anyone with Messi's ball control. Beyond his individual qualities, he is also a well-rounded, hard-working team player, known for his creative combinations, in particular with Barcelona midfielders Xavi and Andrés Iniesta during the old age.

Messi frequently celebrates a goal by pointing a finger on each hand towards the skies in dedication to his late grandmother. It was she who encouraged a young Messi to play, and also took him to games.

Tactically, Messi plays in a free attacking role. A very versatile player capable of attacking on either wing or through the centre of the pitch. He started as a left-winger. Upon his first-team debut, he was moved onto the right wing by Rijkaard. From this position, he could more easily cut through the defence into the middle of the pitch and curl shots on goal with his left foot, rather than predominantly cross balls for teammates.

Under Guardiola and subsequent managers, he most often played in a false nine role. A role he introduced to modern football. Positioned as a centre-forward or lone striker, he would roam the centre, often moving deep into midfield and drawing defenders with him, in order to create and exploit spaces for passes, dribbling runs or combinations with Xavi and Iniesta.

Under the stewardship of Luis Enrique, Messi returned to playing in the right-sided position that characterised much of his early career, while also being deployed in a deeper, free role.

With the Argentina national team, Messi has similarly played anywhere along the frontline. Under various managers, he has been deeployed on the right wing as a false nine, or in a deeper, creative role as a classic number 10 or attacking midfielder.

Messi inspired the success of a modern day role known as false 9.


Zidane's greatest strength was composure on the ball. Zidane never looked flustered or rushed when he was playing for France, Juventus or Real Madrid. And it didn't matter if it was a league game, a Champions League final or a World Cup final, he played the same way. He was always smooth on the ball and rarely, if ever, lost it.

How did he do this?

Zidane, first off, had perfect control, touch, and balance.

Zidane had incredible skills on the ball yet saw the whole field all the time. You see, what made Zidane great was how he made players around him better. Zidane made that killer pass or absorbed pressure and held on to the ball until a teammate was open. He wanted the ball all the time and always looked for it. He favored his right foot, and loved to play clever balls with the outside of his right, but his left foot was nearly as good as his right.

He went about the game in a pretty quiet and unassuming manner. He’d pull out a step over or a spin turn from time to time, but he kept the game pretty simple for the most part with quick one and two touch passes.

It was his ability to play that clever pass though that made Zidane an amazing and brilliant player. He'd dribble one way and then cut the ball through the other way. He'd play that quick pass with the outside of his foot rather than take another touch and slow the play down. The timing of Zidane's passes were great and superb.

What really underlined Zidane's play was and still is, his confidence because he still displays is it as a manager. He played like he’s the best player on the pitch. He waltzed along with ball, cuts, turns, shifts directions, as if his play is set to music.

And most importantly, Zinedine Zidane, introduced the modern attacking deep lying playmaker role. A role that has been enjoyed by many modern day midfielders, like; Modric, Kroos, Herrera, etc.

Ronaldo Da Lima

Ronaldo is regarded by many in the sport as one of the greatest and most complete forwards of all time.

Dubbed Il Fenomeno (the phenomenon), he was a prolific goalscore. Despite being more of an individualistic attacker, he was also capable of providing assists for his teammates, due to his vision, passing and crossing ability.

He was an extremely powerful, fast, and technical player, as well as being a composed finisher.

He was capable of playing in several offensive positions, although his preferred role was that of a striker. Plus he was able to use both feet, despite being naturally right footed.

Ronaldo was highly regarded for his technical ability, and is considered one of the most skilful individual dribblers in the game.

Along with Brazilian compatriot Romario and African star George Weah, Ronaldo was seen as a new breed of striker in the 1990s who would also operate outside the penalty area before running with the ball towards goal. Ronaldo was frequently capable of beating several players when undergoing individual dribbling runs at speed. He was also equally competent in one on one situations, due to his ball control, acceleration, agility, balance, quick feet and technical skills.

In one on one situations, Ronaldo would often use elaborate feints to trick and beat defenders and goalkeepers. He most notably popularised the use of many football tricks and skills , such as the elastico, the step over, the nutmeg, among others.

In his prime, Ronaldo was an extremely fast player with great acceleration, which made him a threat for opposing defences when he undertook individual dribbling runs during counter-attacks.

He was very fast with the ball and managed to stay free of injury, plus he had every chance of becoming the best footballer ever. He was so fast he could score from nothing, and could shoot the ball better than anyone.

Ronaldo was also a strong and powerful player who could shield the ball from the opposition, with former Italian defender Alessandro Nesta (who faced Ronaldo in a high-profile one on one duel in the 1998 UEFA Cup final) stating: "Ronaldo is the hardest attacker I've ever had to face. He was impossible to stop."

With his quick reactions and anticipation, he regularly beat defenders to the ball, and as a finisher he was effective with his head, and could finish well both inside and outside the penalty area. In addition to these attributes, Ronaldo was an accurate free-kick and penalty kick taker.

Ronaldo laid a foundation to the death of using 2 strikers with a preference of one striker formations in modern football.

Cristiano Ronaldo

As a very versatile attacker, Ronaldo is capable of playing on either wing as well as through the centre of the pitch, and, while ostensibly right-footed, is very strong with both feet. He ranks among the world's fastest footballers, both with and without the ball.

Tactically, Ronaldo has undergone several evolutions throughout his career.

While at Sporting and during his first season at Manchester United, he was typically deployed as a traditional winger on the right side of midfield, where he regularly looked to deliver crosses into the penalty area. In this position, he was able to use his pace and acceleration, agility, and technical skills to take on opponents in one-on-one situations. Ronaldo became noted for his dribbling and flair, often displaying an array of tricks and feints, such as the step overs that became his trademark.

As Ronaldo matured, he underwent a major physical transformation, developing a muscular body type that allows him to retain possession of the ball. His strength, combined with his elevation and height of 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in), awarded him an edge in winning aerial challenges for balls; consequently, many of his goals have been headers.

Concurrently with his increased stamina and work-rate, his goalscoring ability improved drastically on the left wing, where he was given the positional freedom to move into the centre to finish attacks. He also increasingly played a creative role for his team, participating in build-up plays courtesy of his good vision and passing ability.

In his final seasons at United, Ronaldo played an even more attacking and central role, functioning both as a striker and as a supporting forward, or even as an attacking midfielder on occasion. He developed into a prolific goalscorer, capable of finishing well both inside the penalty area and from distance with an accurate and powerful shot.

An accurate penalty kick taker, he also became a set piece specialist, renowned for his powerful, bending free kicks, though his ability in this regard deteriorated later on in his career.

At Real Madrid, he continued to play a more offensive role, while his creative and defensive duties became more limited. Initially deployed as a centre forward, he was later moved back onto the left wing, though in a free tactical role, allowing him to drift into the centre at will. Madrid's counter-attacking style of play allowed him to become a more efficient and consistent player, as evidenced by his record-breaking goalscoring feats.

From 2013 onwards, he effectively adapted his style to the physical effects of ageing with increasingly reduced off-the-ball movement and general involvement, instead focusing on short-distance goalscoring.

And thus, Ronaldo laid the firmest foundations for the cut in winger role that many players have enjoyed.

The answer to your question is a personal opinion and my opinion is down in my answers. I don't have the energy to repeat it.

Arvind Mohan
Playing Watching Gaming Football
7w ago
2 . Cr7 - Messi …
Cr7 - There has never been a lethal goal scorer than Cr7 and there will never be. He is the most complete player. Without Cr7 Real Madrid might not have become the first team to win UCL back to back. Without him they wouldn’t have had the skillset to challenge a team like Barca. This season just reiterates the fact that if Ronaldo is in form Real Madrid are on form.
Messi - The only person in football right now for whom you need atleast two defenders to mark. The fact that even a team like Barca depends on his presence in the pitch is a testament to his qualities.
3. Ronaldinho …

The most naturally gifted player among the 5. He is just a magic to watch.
4. 5. Zidane -Ronaldo …

Zidane - Midfield maestro.
Ronaldo - Goal scoring machine.
The difference between is Cr7 and Messi and the others in terms of consistency and goals and accomplishments is unrealistic. We should just be happy that we can witness these legends playing in the same era

Kartik Vashisth
Engagement Manager at EY (2015-present)
5w ago
The answer has to be based on facts and not on “would have been”. A quick overview followed by my ranking.

Ronaldo: Excellent finishing, acceleration, dribbling skill and strength. Not exactly a good header or assist maker or acrobat. Credited with World cup win but was ably supported by Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Kaka, Ronaldinho who would any day walk in best world cup team in their position. Not as successful in RM where he had Figo, Zidane, Raul, Carlos for support. By age of 25 he won the world cup and was done.

Zidine: As a midfielder he could be counted as second only to Maradona in terms of his influence in a match. Anyday betters Ronaldo on overall game play.

Ronaldinho: Great example of talent wasted. Had a 3 year peak and then subsided. Definitely lower than both discussed above, despite the 100 good games he has excelled. He was done by 26 and no one in their right mind would draft a 27 year old Ronaldinho over Zidane or Messi or CR7 of any age.

Messi and CR7: They have an unmatched consistency which the ones discussed above can't even be thought of. I would rather choose a 33 year old CR7 over 28 year old Zidane or Ronaldo or Ronaldinho. CR7 has unmatched agility, heading, finishing, Acrobatic and long shot ability which a complete forward like Ronaldo could never have. Both have far more assists and goals than either of the three mentioned. However a role reversal has happened. Messi supported by Xavi and Iniesta was winning everything and looked even better than he was. Now CR7 with Modric and Kroos is winning everything.

I rate Ronaldo slightly above Messi only on account of his dragging his team to Euro 16 and winning it. Messi has all the good for nothing superstars in his Argentina team who are pulling him back. So the ranking is:

CR7, Messi, Zidane, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho.

If question had Maradona also, he would have glided straight to the top.

Manoj Lawrence
following Liverpool FC for 15 years
8w ago

In terms of numbers, there’s no arguing that Messi and Ronaldo are on another level, but Ronaldinho was magical. You get the sense that he wasn’t even taking things seriously at times. That complacency became his downfall, but he’s someone who can make anyone fall in love with football.


Talent meets commitment. You have to wonder if Messi would have achieved what he’s achieved without Cristiano Ronaldo pushing him. His ability with the ball is almost on par with Ronaldinho, but I still think his skills with the ball are slightly below ‘dinho’s; his ability off the ball is far far better but just below Cristiano’s.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Hard work, willpower and determination. CR embodies these traits like no other footballer. From being the annoying kid in the 2006 World Cup to becoming one of the best players of all time, he’s been phenominal. Few years ago, I used to look at his goal scoring numbers and feel that he wasn’t able to match Messi. I recently realized that what he’s achieved was actually astonishing considering that he played under Mourinho (a defensive coach by modern standards) for 3 years. Imagine him being under someone like Guardiola/Klopp and Messi under Mourinho. There’d be no contest. All of this is achieved with his ability off the ball. He doesn’t have the mesmerizing dribbles of Messi, but his positioning, jumping and finishing abilities are amazing.


There is no No.9 that comes close to his ability on the ball. With addition of pace and power he was amazing to watch during the 1998 World Cup. What really sets him apart among the players in the list here is the way he bounced back after a career threatening injury in April 2000 and went on to lead Brazil to the 2002 World Cup. A team that had the likes of a young Ronaldinho and the experienced Rivaldo.


If you consider Zidane’s ability as a leader and motivator (which he’s successfully taken with him to management), he’d rank the top of this list. In terms of purely his individual ability as a footballer, I rank him last. On the field he performs like he is devising tactics as the game is in motion. He was the hero in 2 distinct World Cups (1998 and 2006), something which only Pele and Maradona have ever achieved. But for a moment of madness (I sympathize with his reasoning), France would have claimed the 2006 World Cup and he’d have been the reason for it. For a group of players to come back from retirement and achieve what they did, it shows the talent within the group and their leader was Zidane.

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Oyebode Joseph
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For me
1. Messi
2. Ronaldinho
3. Zidane
4. Ronaldo

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