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Ronaldo chose a tougher challenge than Messi by joining Al-Nassr

Al-Nassr player Cristiano Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain player Lionel Messi

Ronaldo throughout his career has never shied away from difficult challenges. Unlike Messi that picked Paris Saint-German that is guaranteed to win the league more often than not, the Portuguese superstar, by joining Al-Nassr, has chosen a team that has only won 1 league title in the last six years and three titles in the last two decades.

Saudi Pro League winners in the last six years

Ligue 1 winners in the last 10 years

This shows the Portuguese superstar has not chosen the easy way out as some have said. It’s a tougher challenge for him to help his new team win the league title than it is for Messi at PSG. The Parisians don’t need the Argentine forward to win the league.

It’s been like that for Ronaldo throughout his career. Recall he left a dominant Manchester United side, in 2009, to join a Real Madrid side that was in dire need of a rebuild. Then years later, he continued that trend by leaving Real Madrid to join Juventus after they made history by winning three consecutive Champions League titles. Not many players will be brave enough to do that.

In contrast, Messi has always been in his comfort zone at Barcelona. He only jumped ship to make life easier after it became obvious that the Blaugrana needs a rebuild. Recall that he unsuccessfully tried to force a move out of Barcelona a year before he left. So the club not affording his wages a year later was a painful but simple way out for him.

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