Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: See how ace footballer’s performed at Olympics campaigns

Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: See how ace footballer's performed at Olympics campaigns
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are two of the greatest footballers of all time, and they are among the best players of their generation.

The two superstars have won every trophy in club and international football under their belts and are also two of the most accomplished players in history.

While it is widely known that Argentine superstar Lionel Messi won an Olympic gold medal with Argentina at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Did you even know that Cristiano Ronaldo also appeared in Olympics?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance

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Ronaldo, then 19 years old, was a member of the Portuguese team that competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

So, how has Ronaldo fared at the Olympics.

Cristiano Ronaldo was a member of the Portuguese Olympic team that competed in Athens in 2004.

It was a disappointing appearance for the great player, as Portugal was eliminated from the group stage after placing last behind Iraq, Costa Rica, and Morocco.

On the other hand, Portugal only won one game in the tournament, a 2-1 victory over Morocco.

In the match, Ronaldo scored his only goal of the tournament.

Portugal’s performance at 2004 Olympics

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Portugal’s team at 2004

PlayerPosition
Jose MoreiraGoalkeeper
Bruno ValeGoalkeeper
Mario SergioDefender
Bruno AlvesDefender
Ricardo CostaDefender
Fernando MeiraDefender
Nuno FrechautDefender
Jose BosingwaDefender
Joao PauloDefender
Raul MeirelesMidfielder
Hugo VianaMidfielder
Carlos MartinsMidfielder
Jorge RibeiroMidfielder
Luis Boa MorteMidfielder
Hugo AlmeidaForward
Luis LourencoForward
DannyForward
Cristiano RonaldoForward

Lionel Messi’s performance

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Lionel Messi was a member of the Argentina team that competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and also won the gold medal.

It was also Messi’s first major achievement as a member of Argentina’s national team.

Under the captaincy of great footballer Juan Roman Riquelme, the star-studded La Albiceleste dominated the whole tournament, winning all of their matches.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi had two goals in the campaign, one in the group stage against Ivory Coast and the other in the quarterfinal against Netherlands.

Argentina’s performance at 2008 Olympics

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Argentina’s team at the 2008

PlayerPosition
Sergio RomeroGoalkeeper
Oscar UstariGoalkeeper
Nicolas NavarroGoalkeeper
Ezequiel GarayDefender
Fabian MonzonDefender
Pablo ZabaletaDefender
Federico FazioDefender
Nicolas ParejaDefender
Fernando GagoMidfielder
Jose SosaMidfielder
Ever BanegaMidfielder
Juan Roman RiquelmeMidfielder
Angel Di MariaMidfielder
Javier MascheranoMidfielder
Ezequiel LavezziForward
Lautaro AcostaForward
Diego BuonanotteForward
Sergio AgueroForward
Lionel MessiForward

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