Cristiano Ronaldo has completely outdone Lionel Messi since the pair made their sensational summer transfers
- Cristiano Ronaldo has completely outdone Lionel Messi since their sensational summer transfers.
- The Portuguese has scored four goals already for Manchester United in just three matches.
- Messi, however, is yet to get off the mark for PSG, and was substituted in his most recent match.
The race between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to be crowned as soccer's greatest ever player entered its final leg this summer when Ronaldo re-joined Manchester United and Messi moved to Paris Saint Germain.
So far, it is the Portuguese forward who is winning the pair's renewed battle.
Since returning to the club at which he made his name, Ronaldo has been his usual ruthless self in front of goal - scoring four times in just three games.
He hit two on his second United debut in a 4-1 win over Newcastle United, before scoring again in a 2-1 defeat to BSC Young Boys in the Champions League. On Sunday, he levelled the scores as United produced a hard-fought comeback victory over West Ham United.
Messi, on the other hand, has struggled to hit the ground running in France.
The Argentine is yet to score or register an assist in three matches for his new team.
To make things worse, on his home debut against Lyon on Sunday, he was dragged off with 15 minutes to play after a lackluster performance in which he missed a number of glorious chances to score.
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The differences in the two superstar's exploits for their new clubs is perhaps not surprising given how both of their transfers materialized over the summer.
Ronaldo left Juventus of his own accord to re-join United, hungry to continue to compete at the highest level and help further the cause of an improving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer side.
On the pitch, Ronaldo looks ready to fight - working tirelessly to get the team's job done and celebrating vociferously when they do.
The image below shows Ronaldo's delighted reaction when his teammate Jesse Lingard scored a last-gasp winner for his side on Sunday:
Messi, on the other hand, did not want to leave Barcelona. He joined PSG only after his boyhood club was forced to let his contract end amid a financial crisis.
His unwilling presence in Paris has resulted in him looking unhappy, unsettled, and frankly disinterested on the field of play.
After Mauro Icardi hit a late winner for PSG over Lyon on Sunday, Messi did not celebrate from the substitutes bench.
PSG and its hoard of "galacticos" will likely win Ligue 1 even without Messi performing at his best - which must be a hard pill to swallow for a player who was spent his whole career being the crown jewel in one of the world's best teams and in a more competitive league.
However, if he does not wake up to the reality that Paris is now his home and begin performing, he will soon look up and see Ronaldo sprinting over the finish line.
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