Spanish media giant, MARCA set up voting world cup to judge the 16 greatest football players, that allowed readers to have their say in declaring the greatest footballer in history after an online poll.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two clear superstars from this generation, faced off in the final, and it was the Portuguese winger who emerged victorious after accruing eight percent more of the vote (54 to 46) in the final round.
Round of 16
LIONEL MESSI (78%) vs (22%) Ferenc Puskas
Eusebio (17%) vs (83%) ALFREDO DI STEFANO
Franz Beckenbauer (17%) vs (83%) RONALDO
Michel Platini (8%) vs (92%) PELE
DIEGO MARADONA (60%) vs (40%) Ronaldinho
Lev Yashin (8%) vs (92%) JOHAN CRUYFF
ZINEDINE ZIDANE (82%) vs (18%) George Best
Paolo Maldini (27%) vs (73%) – CRISTIANO RONALDO
LIONEL MESSI (70%) vs (30%) Alfredro Di Stefano
RONALDO (53%) vs (47%) Pele
DIEGO MARADONA (67%) vs (33%) Johan Cryuff
Zinedine Zidane (44%) vs (56%) CRISTIANO RONALDO
LIONEL MESSI (52%) vs (48%) Ronaldo
Diego Maradona (41%) vs (59%) CRISTIANO RONALDO
Lionel Messi (46%) vs (54%) CRISTIANO RONALDO
Meanwhile, Brazilian Ronaldo comes in third with Maradona in fourth.
The battle ended like this: 246,000 votes for Cristiano and 209,000 for Messi.