If you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile. That’s what makes Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the two best footballers in the world, so great.
During this past weekend’s FIFA World Cup games, both Messi and Ronaldo showcased their brilliance.
First, it was Messi in Argentina’s game on Saturday against Iran. In the 91st minute of a scoreless game, Messi was given an inch of space, and made the most of it. He fired a rocket into the back of the net to give the Argentines’ a dramatic 1-0 win.
All it took was a split second, but that was more than enough time for Lionel Messi to show his greatness.
On Sunday, it was Cristiano Ronaldo’s turn in Portugal’s game against the United States. For 94 minutes, Ronaldo was contained.
Then, following a Michael Bradley turnover, Ronaldo was given room to run down the right flank. He proceeded to deliver one of the best crosses in World Cup history.
There were 3 US players in the box, and just one Portuguese player. Still, Ronaldo someway somehow hit the ball in such a way so it would travel directly to the head of Silvestre Varela who headed it past Tim Howard.
In the blink of an eye, what looked like a sure US win turned into the most deflating 2-2 draw in the history of American soccer.
And all of it was due to the greatness of Messi and Ronaldo.