South America has been home to some of football’s best ever players… Players from Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, and Chile are some examples of that, but the two countries that have produced the most talent are Argentina and Brazil. Today I will be comparing their best players and giving arguments for both sides on who has produced the best players.
Lionel Messi: Argentina
Starting off strong, Lionel Messi. Arguably the best player to wear the ‘albi-celeste’. Lionel Messi has proved every year for 15+ years why he is one of the best players to ever live. He never fails to produce for his team, whether it’s goals, assists, or just being a leader for his teammates. Messi this season at age thirty two has netted nineteen goals and has twelve assists in all competitions throughout twenty two matches played.
Messi is the captain for Barcelona, which is one of the best football teams ever, he has the record of six total Balon D’or awards, five golden boot awards, and although he has not won much with his nation… Messi landed three Copa America finals and one World Cup final. It is safe to say that Lionel Messi is no doubt one of football’s best talents to ever grace a pitch.
In the 2000’s, Ronaldinho was a household name for all football fans around the world. His flare, ball control and ability to play the game at such a high level was so admirable but also made people envious because the things he was doing were just out of this world. His skill with the ball at his feet was magical and he would be unstoppable. Ronaldinho had success in both his clubs and country. Ronaldinho won a World Cup, a Copa America, has a bronze medal, a Balon D’or and a Golden Boot amongst many other things throughout his illustrious career. His ‘prime’ came when he was at FC Barcelona where he won several trophies. Arguably his best season was with Barcelona during the 2005-2006 season where Ronaldinho netted seventeen goals and had fourteen assists in twenty nine matches played. Barcelona went on to win the Champions League and also went on to win La Liga that season as well.
Diego Maradona: Argentina
Diego Maradona in today’s age is certainly remembered more for his controversial life after football than for his career that made him one of football’s greatest ever players. Maradona was arguably the best player in the world back in the 1980’s. He was such a swift player on the ball. His speed, ball control and finishing made him one of the most difficult players to defend. Maradona won a World Cup with Argentina back in 1986, he won a Balon D’or and won “Player of The Century” back in 2000. It is needless to say that Diego Maradona is one of footballs greatest just off of those honors that he received.
Maradona won a lot during his club career. Diego played for teams like Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona. He was at his best when he played for Napoli from 1984-1991 where he scored eighty one goals in one hundred eighty eight appearances for the Italian team. His best season though, was the 1987-1988 season where he played twenty eight games. He scored fifteen goals and had nine assists as well. With Napoli, Maradona won Serie A twice, won the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Cup.
Ronaldo is one of the best ever strikers to play the game of football, his clinical finishing made him almost unstoppable to opposing defenders and goalkeepers. Ronaldo is also one of Brazil’s best ever players. The reason for that is, because he won two World Cups and two Copa America’s with Brazil. He was one of the soul reasons why Brazil was so successful in the the 1990’s and 2000’s alongside Ronaldinho. For his country, Ronaldo scored sixty two goals in ninety eight matches played which is second below Pelé in Brazil’s all time scoring list. Ronaldo also has many honors in club football. Ronaldo is most known for his time at Real Madrid from 2002-2007. His best season for the spanish side was back in the 2003-2004 season where he netted thirty one goals in forty eight appearances throughout all competitions and he won the Pichichi award that year as well. He never won a Champions League but with Real Madrid he won a La Liga, an Intercontinental Cup and a Supercopa. That is not the end of his honors though. Ronaldo won so many other trophies with teams like Inter Milan.
Who Has Produced The Best Talents?
Argentina has had players who achieved more individually than they have with club or country. For example, Lionel Messi has zero major titles with Argentina but he does hold the record for most Balon D’or wins. Brazil on the other hand has a mixture of both individual and team success with their produced talents. So… in my opinion, Brazil has produced the best talents over Argentina only because of fact that Brazil has had more international success than Argentina has had. Players like Pele, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Kaká, Garrincha all have multiple Copa America’s and or World Cups to their names, and I feel like Brazil is known for its football more than Argentina is. Although some may disagree with my opinion, since Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di Stefano and many many have done so much for football and how it is played and seen today, I think it’s only logical to say that Brazil has had more success than Argentina has had with it’s players. Recently Brazil won a gold medal and a Copa America, but Argentina hasn’t won any major title since 1993 but Brazil has had eight major trophies since that time (including World Cups, Copa America andOlympic Gold Medals). So in conclusion, even though Argentina has produced some of the best players to ever live, i believe that Brazil is better when it comes to producing talent in the world of football because of the trophies and accomplishments that Brazilian players have won and achieved as a team unit.