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The Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi debate has had a lengthy history, and now there's a new addition of a chapter to it.

The debate continued after Messi's incredible goal in Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 win over Troyes on Saturday. The Argentine star scored the second goal for his team in a 4-3 victory. It equalized after the Parisians had gone 1-2 down. Mama Balde scored two times for the visitors at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, with Ante Palaversa scoring another goal. But the strikes from Messi, Carlos Soler, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar handed the Ligue 1 giants the victory. What outfoxed the Troyes goalkeeper was Messi's left-footed driven shot from outside the box. He also assisted Neymar's goal to help his team complete the win on Saturday.

Soon after the game, comparisons between him and Ronaldo began to crop up again. It came after the Portuguese star scored in his last outing for his team Manchester United. On Thursday, Ronaldo was on the scoresheet in the Manchester United's 3-0 Europa League win over FC Sheriff.

Following PSG's victory, many tweeted about Messi and Ronaldo, with one saying, "Messi will always be better than Ronaldo anytime any day."

Former Tottenham Hotspur and England attacker Gary Lineker was also among those who took part in the Ronaldo versus Messi debate. He said that even though a case could be made for Ronaldo being the better goalscorer, Messi is the better footballer. In reply to journalist Piers Morgan's tweet claiming Ronaldo is the greatest of all time, Lineker tweeted that he could "make some sort of argument about who is the greatest goal scorer, but as footballers, there really is no comparison."

The former England striker also said that this sort of "mesmerizing vision and weight of pass, more than the enormous number of goals he scores, is what separates Messi from everyone else….oh, and then there’s his unbelievable dribbling ability." Morgan responded to it saying that the former striker's own dribbling about Messi was even more mesmerizing, reported Goal. The TV personality noted that PSG "limped to a 4-3 win over those legendary football titans Troyes.. come back to me if your goat actually plays in a meaningful league again."

Messi and Ronaldo have had very different seasons for their clubs. Messi has been leading the French giants with aplomb while Ronaldo has been restricted to sporadic appearances off the bench. So far across competitions, Messi has scored 11 goals and provided 12 assists in 16 matches. It is a massive improvement from his performances in the previous season. On the other hand, Ronaldo has scored three times and assisted only once in 13 appearances.

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus F.C. is put under pressure by Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Group G stage match between FC Barcelona and Juventus at Camp Nou on December 08, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

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