Messi is now living a lavish life in Miami since becoming the face of MLS, earning the franchise owned by football legend David Beckham their first ever trophy. Messi made his debut in the Leagues Cup and scored an iconic free kick to win Miami their opening group game before going on to win the competition.
Just like Messi before the Qatar World Cup, the only trophy Ronaldo is missing is the formerly known Jules Rimet Trophy, which has become a solid argument in the ongoing fan debate. Both players will go down as two of the all-time greats, and their level of influence has never been seen in the sport.
Ronaldo is the most followed athlete on social media, and boosted Al-Nassr’s Instagram following from 500,000 to 22 million after he signed for the team. Messi is also known worldwide, and tickets for Miami games went from an average price of $50 to $500 after he joined the franchise, with stadiums around MLS selling out as fans scrambled to catch a glimpse of the player.