Messi beats Ronaldo to GOAT status after data analysis, says Liverpool FC’s research director | Lionel Messi

The rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has riveted football pundits and primary schoolchildren alike, fuelling endless debates over who is the greatest player of modern times – or ever.

The forwards are almost neck and neck on goals scored, Ballon d’Or and Golden Shoe awards, but according to Dr Ian Graham, the outgoing director of research at Liverpool FC, a deeper look at the data reveals a clearcut winner.

“It’s Messi,” Graham told an audience at the Cheltenham Science Festival this week.

The Argentine and Portuguese strikers are the only two in history to have…


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