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Cristiano Ronaldo 'Proved' To Be The GOAT By Oxford Maths Professor

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Cristiano Ronaldo 'Proved' To Be The GOAT By Oxford Maths Professor

Cristiano Ronaldo is officially the greatest player of all time and it's an irrefutable fact. Well, at least that's one algorithm created by a leading maths professor at Oxford University claims.

Ronaldo is amongst those considered the GOAT in football, along with his rival Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona, Pele and a few others.

The Manchester United forward is the number one in the hearts and minds of many because he's proved his brilliance in several leagues, and it's one way he's topped a new list.

Oxford maths professor Dr. Tom Crawford has come up with the GOAT index, in conjunction with LiveScore, to prove who really is the GOAT.

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Ronaldo has been given a score of 100%, with Messi, Pele, Ferenc Puskas and Ronaldo Nazario making up the top five, out of players who have won two or more Ballon d'Ors.

Image: LiveScore
Image: LiveScore

There are seven criteria that has seen Ronaldo top the list, and you'll have to decide for yourself if it's enough to put the 36-year-old in the number one position.

Club goals and titles are the first two, international goals and titles come next, then Ballon d'Or titles, individual honours and milestones and finally 'Z-factor' seasons.

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The last one covers seasons on the pitch where the plays impact 'significantly out-performed others from the previous five seasons.'

Image: PA
Image: PA

The former Real Madrid man has scored 684 club goals in all competitions, but Messi is ahead of him with less games, having scored 687 times.

When it comes to club trophies, it's the PSG player who once again leads the way, with 35-30, although Ronaldo has an extra Champions League win and league trophies in three countries.

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Internationally, the Portugal forward is head and shoulders above his rival having become the leading men's international scorer ever, with his brace against Ireland taking him to 115 goals for his country, to Messi's 80.

Both have won their continents main competition, with Ronaldo winning Euro 2016 and Argentina winning the Copa America earlier this summer to help Messi break his duck.

The 34-year-olds six Ballon d'Or wins is better than his rivals five and he's the bookies favourite to add another trophy to his cabinet this year.

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Both men obviously have a litany of personal achievements and records and I guess it's up to each person to decide which are the most impressive.

There must be a few Z-factor seasons for each player too, as both have made a huge difference to their teams' successes, which is why they've won the Ballon d'Ors they have.

Either way, it's safe to say this new algorithm, whilst interesting, won't actually help to decide who is the best...

Topics: Football, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo

Ryan Sidle
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