The Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale told Life’s a Pitch with a h/t to Goal that Cristiano Ronaldo was a more “complete footballer” than Lionel Messi. Bale appeared to have nothing more in the interview than praise for Ronaldo.

A decision was made to write a special article discussing some of the recent aspects of Messi at FC Barcelona. The article will be based on the current 2012/13 La Liga BBVA and UEFA Champions League season.

The Premier League Insider will also include a technical profile of Lionel Messi. The purpose is to rebut Bale’s comments about Messi and Ronaldo.

AC Milan vs FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona and AC Milan are facing the latest battle of the UEFA Champions League at San Siro. Lionel Messi is one of the few players that play a significant role in the past, present, and contemporary history of FC Barcelona.

The relationship between the Argentine striker and La Blaugrana is one of family. Messi recently renewed his contract with FC Barcelona until the year 2018.

La Liga BBVA

Messi scored 37 goals for FC Barcelona during the 2012/13 La Liga season. The goal per game average for Messi is 0.86 within the same season.

Messi’s recent achievement was marked by his two goals in the match between Barca and Granada FC. The two goals were number 300 and 301 in his record breaking football career.

The Argentine has a record of scoring within 14 consecutive La Liga matches. The total was 48 goals when he participated in the competitions.

UEFA Champions League

Messi’s goal per game average within the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League is 0.75. The average may change when FC Barcelona faces AC Milan this Wednesday.

Technical Profile

The FC Barcelona website marvels at what Messi can do on the field. Messi is reported to be versatile in the field and possessing an extensive knowledge of the game.

Messi is a specialist in penalties as well as free kicks. He is able to surprise his opponents with the speed of his play, as well as possession of the ball.

The ability of Messi to exhibit creativity on the field is another factor that leaves the opponent defenseless. Silvio Berlusconi [AC Milan owner] commented about the need for his team to be on the defensive against Messi.

Conclusion

While the comparisons between Ronaldo and Messi will never disappear, Bale should not underestimate the latter. When the football history books are written for the beginning of the 21st Century, Messi will be the dominant force with Bale and Ronaldo taking a back seat.