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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Kaka or Ronaldo: who’s better?

The recent Champions League clash between Manchester United and AC Milan was billed as the duel between the world’s two best players at the moment, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka.

For me, what emerged was unclear; Kaka shone with his maturity and poise but by no means outclassed Ronaldo. AC Milan outclassed United. Across the two legs, Kaka was better but I think it had a lot more to do with the maturity of the AC Milan team as a whole more than with a specific player. AC Milan has players which have reached this stage before and were also in the position of having nothing else to play for. Kaka, it must be said, was also clinical in his finishing.

Kaka, today, is more the finished product. But last year this comparison was not even considered, which is a testament to how far Cristiano has grown since he was brought into Manchester United in 2003. Where Kaka is smooth, calm, poised and refined Ronaldo is sudden, tricky, relentless and a ferocious competitor. While they are both attack minded you can see they are quite different players. A player like Ronaldo has his off days with the risk taking style of play he brings, over the course of the season though, you can measure his contribution as nothing short of vital. Man U, champions would not be, without him.

Flash back and consider where Kaka’s contribution was during the World Cup for Brazil? Portugal were quarter finalists and Ronaldo has emerged from that World Cup playing at a whole new level (I think Ruud van Nistelrooy was holding him back as well). He’s also been the best player in the toughest league in the world.

Should AC Milan beat Liverpool in the Champions League final, Kaka will most likely succeed Fabio Cannavaro as FIFA World Player of the Year. At the age of 25, this year may deservedly be his, but the younger Ronaldo will emerge and, I think, eclipse the Brazilian.

I don’t mean to spend this article defending Ronaldo, but I have seen a lot of press to the effect that ‘It’s decided, Kaka number 1’. Kaka is the best player in the world at the moment, but Ronaldo is the most talented. If I had the choice I would take Ronaldo without thinking twice about it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ronnie

5/17/2007 3:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree. Ronaldo is all flash, he doesn't have the finishing of Kaka' or anywhere near the ability to read the game. Even if Milan lose the final I still think it will go to Kaka'

5/17/2007 4:41 AM  
Anonymous Alex said...

I like Kaka much better, although he was playing not that good during the last world cup.

5/17/2007 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ronaldo all the way, everyone will agree in a few years. Its like the debate between figo and zidane, zidane won that one

5/17/2007 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm on kaka side though i do like ronaldo's flashy moves but he's just to selfish and short temperded fulbol is a team sport not a one man sport and you must always respect the refferee no matter how bad the call

5/22/2007 10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cristiano is not even nearh is full potetnial.. imagine him in 4 years hell be amaing if he doesn;t get injured.. and no.. Ronaldo is more consistent than Kaka ever since the World cup Ronaldo has been amazing with Man utd and Portugal. Scoring soo many goals between the two. And he has trickery speed skill, strength amazing air when he jumps and he is gaining an eye for goal as he matures. Ronaldo should win, he had a cloud over him at the end of the world cup.. people still hate on him now but now they just dont have an excuse, except to say... hes too selfish and not a team player and always angry.. thats garbage because he passes so much and sets up so many plays... hes amazing...

8/23/2007 4:30 AM  

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