Two rivals battle each other on and off the field

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are considered not only the two best footballers in the world today but two of the greatest to ever play the sport.

Ronaldo, who applies his trade for Real Madrid, recently helped his country, Portugal win Euro 2016. He has also won the biggest individual prize in the sport, the Ballon d’Or award for the player of the year in 2008, 2013 and 2014.

Messi, on the other hand, is a hero in Catalonia for his side Barcelona. He has won La Liga on eight different occasions and his side are also odds-on at 5-6 in the Bet365 La Liga betting to lift the title once again this season in Spain. The Argentine is a five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or trophy as he scooped the accolade in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and more recently 2015.

Although the stories of their careers cannot be concluded as both players are still in the peak stages of their playing time, the two men have released documentary films which tell the tale of how they have risen into global superstars.

Here is a look at the two films and how they have been viewed since they were released:

Messi – Directed by Alex De La Iglesia, 2014

This 90 minute documentary film focuses on the rise of an Argentine kid who went onto to play for arguably the biggest club in the world, Barcelona.  It gives you an interestingly look at how the youngster overcame troubles such as his height to become to a national hero.


"Lionel Messi Player of the Year 2011" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by globalite

Messi is not known as someone who appears to enjoy media coverage therefore this is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the player off the field.

As you’d expect, the documentary is mainly broadcast in Spanish with English subtitles. It features former football greats such as Johan Cruyff who all give their take on what makes Messi so special.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2014 and has since received positive reviews.

Rating: 7/10

Ronaldo – Directed by Anthony Wonke, 2015

Not to be done by his rival Messi, Ronaldo released his own documentary film a year later. The film gives you a great insight into the life of the Portuguese forward as cameras followed him for 14 months on and off the field.

The documentary film was released around the world in November, 2015 including at theatres and on DVD.

Director Antony Wonke has also worked on Senna (2010) and Amy (2015) which depict the lives of Ayrton Senna and Amy Winehouse respectively, both of whom have sadly passed away.


"Chut de Cristiano Ronaldo" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Jan S0L0

The film was shot in Ronaldo’s home town of Medeira. It includes his mother Maria Dolores dos Santos, his brother Hugo, his sisters Elma and Catia Lilian, while the documentary shows the bond and relationship Ronaldo has with his son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr.

This particular documentary gives access to Ronaldo that would never have been seen but for this filming. It shows how he went on to fulfil a childhood dream by signing for Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Ronaldo performed well at box office and has since been popular on DVD and through streaming channels.

Rating: 8/10

Ronaldo outscore Messi in the theatres

Although both films are deemed as a success and will probably encourage other sports stars to follow suit and portray their stories in a similar fashion, it is Ronaldo who has outscored his rival on this occasion with a fantastic look at his life off the field.

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