KU Leuven University professor, Jesse Davis, said Messi was actually better than his colleague Ronaldo because he got a VAEP score of 1.21 per game, double that of Ronaldo.
“The value of a football player is often dependent on goals and assists,” said Jesse Davis, a professor at KU Leuven University. “However, goals are a rare event, as average. There are about 1,600 actions happening in a match.
The scores of actions are valued by probability estimates (VAEP) to determine the level of influence both in defense and player’s attack in a match.”
The results show that world football superstar Messi reached VAEP score of 1.21 per game, double that of Ronaldo .61.
Explaining the difference of the two super strikers of contemporary world football, Professor Tom Decroos said: “In the first seasons, Messi and Ronaldo scores very close together. From the 2015/16 season, Messi dropped away from Ronaldo.
We find that most football players will fall into three situations: Or they perform many actions but bring low value – for example, Paul Pogba. Or they act less but bring great value – typically strikers like Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Ronaldo.
Messi falls into a special case. He is active and every movement has great value that contributes to the gameplay “.
Messi continues to compare with Ronaldo in every award
Although Messi has set countless records of world football former Real Madrid coach Jose Camacho still thinks that the Argentine superstar is still not the best in world football history.
In an interview with El Mundo, the Spanish strategist commented: “Messi is an excellent player, but cannot become the greatest football history if he does not win the World Cup with Argentina.
There are teams that winning the World Cup is not so important but Argentina is completely different. Without winning the World Cup, Messi cannot become the No. 1 legend. The World Cup championship is the best title for every player “.
Messi has 4 times to attend the World Cup with Argentina with the best performance is reached to the final before losing 0-1 to Germany after 120 minutes. Also in the 2018 World Cup, Messi and Argentina stopped in the round of 1/8 after losing with the score 3-4 before France, then the team was crowned champion.