Soccer player of the year: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?
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Soccer player of the year: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

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The Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo debate will rage on into 2018. The soccer superstars have not only gone head-to-head on the field, but also for the title of best soccer player. Messi is ranked by many supporters as the top soccer player in the world, and some even argue he's the greatest of all-time. But Ronaldo might actually be better; he beat Messi again for the Ballon d'Or title (also known as the player of the year award). So who is actually 2017's best soccer player? ⚽

The Votes Are In!

Though Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or award, many still believe Messi is the best footballer in the world. PERIOD. Here is James Robinson at Dream Team FC:

Some of you reading this will think Ronaldo deserves to go down as the greatest ever.
That’s fine. You’re wrong, but that’s fine.
For what it’s worth, Messi just edges it in my view because in a game ever more defined by pace and power he’s dominated with a 5ft 7in frame.

But Ronaldo did win this year's Ballon d'Or title. He was the man who led Real Madrid to a second straight Champions League title, and its first La Liga title since 2012. There was no better player than Ronaldo this year. Here are some numbers from the BBC:

After helping Portugal win Euro 2016, he scored 42 goals for Real in all competitions as they won their 33rd La Liga title and 12th European Cup.
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