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When it matters most Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty record is as bad as Lionel Messi’s

Messi was taking a lot of criticism for failing to convert his penalty against Iceland

We couldn’t believe our eyes.

One thing we can take from this World Cup is that even GOAT’s feel the pressure.

Lionel Messi is carrying the hopes of a nation for Argentina and it showed when he missed a penalty against Iceland yesterday.


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Probably contemplating what all the Penaldo fans are thinking

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Probably contemplating what all the Penaldo fans are thinking

Missing a penalty at a World Cup to give your team all three points in a crunch group game must be pretty.

But when you couple it with the fact that your arch rival not only scored a penalty against the best goalkeeper in the world, but netted a hat-trick and showed why he is regarded as one of the world’s best on the highest stage, it must be almost unbearable.

Messi stepped up to take the pressure kick against Iceland, who were playing in the first ever World Cup match, only to feel the pressure of Cristiano Ronaldo polishing this year’s Ballon d’Or trophy and passed it straight to the keeper at an easy height.

Good height for the keeper as they say

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Good height for the keeper as they say

The Argentine talisman has taken a lot flak for failing to convert when it mattered most, with many questioning whether Messi really has the minerals to take penalties at crunch moments.

The second part of the argument, not just from Ronaldo fans I promise, is that the Real Madrid man has nerves of steel and is happy to step up on the biggest occasion.

However, thanks to journalist Rafael Hernandez we can reveal that both GOATs have a pretty poor record of scoring penalties when it matters most.

Pressure? What pressure?

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Pressure? What pressure?

As Hernandez unveils, Messi has missed four key penalty in his career: against Sevilla in the race for La Liga in 2012, in the Champions League semi against Chelsea in 2012, against Chile in the Copa America final in 2016 and finally yesterday’s soft shot against Iceland.

While Ronaldo has been responsible for fluffing his lines six times during key moments: against Barca in the Champions League semi-final in 2008, another against Chelsea in the final that year and another against Bayern in 2012, once against Valencia in the league in 2015, once against Malaga in the league in 2016 and finally against Austria at Euro 2016.

So, what you can take from that is Ronaldo has cost his team two league titles and reaching a Champions League final with his misses.

Whereas Messi has cost Barcelona and Argentina a league title, a Champions League final place and a Copa America trophy.


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Ronaldo’s wet dream

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Ronaldo’s wet dream

However, before we make any sweeping conclusions let’s not forget we are only one match into this tournament and we will surely more brilliance from the pair.

We might even see Messi play well in an Argentina shirt at a World Cup.

Just kidding, Pessi fans.


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