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Cristiano Ronaldo IS the greatest of all time ahead of Messi but Maradona just ninth, says Oxford maths professor

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CRISTIANO RONALDO is the greatest male footballer of all time ahead of Lionel Messi, in accordance with a examine by a number one maths professor.

Dr Tom Crawford, a mathematician at the University of Oxford, has comprised a listing of the ten greatest males’s gamers ever by contemplating seven various factors.

The share subsequent to their identify pertains to their stage of ‘G.O.A.T Index’ standing
Ronaldo broke the men's international goalscoring record last week
Ronaldo broke the males’s worldwide goalscoring report final weekCredit: Sportsfile

They are membership targets, membership titles, worldwide targets, worldwide titles, Ballon d’Or awards, particular person information and ‘z-factor seasons’ which had been awarded for significantly standout campaigns akin to Ronaldo’s 17 targets in the 2013-14 Champions League.

In his video launched by LiveScore explaining the course of, Dr Crawford firstly narrowed down the potential prime ten by solely contemplating those that had gained the Ballon d’Or a minimum of twice.

He was then left with 13 gamers which he then utilized the seven classes to with a view to discover out a definitive prime ten.

And it was Ronaldo who topped the standings with a rating of 537 out of a most 700, 34 ahead of Barcelona and Argentina legend Messi.

He took the No1 spot due to his unimaginable stats when it got here to membership titles, worldwide targets and particular person information, with Dr Crawford giving him a ‘G.O.A.T. [greatest of all time] Index rating’ of 100 per cent ahead of Messi’s 94.

The Portuguese celebrity just lately broke the males’s worldwide goalscoring report together with his brace in opposition to Republic of Ireland, taking his tally to 111.


Messi has long rivalled Ronaldo for the 'best player in the world' tag
Messi has lengthy rivalled Ronaldo for the ‘greatest participant in the world’ tagCredit: AFP
Maradona was place just ninth on the professor's list of greatest players
Maradona was place just ninth on the professor’s checklist of greatest gamersCredit: AP

In third place is Brazilian legend Pele, with Hungarian Ferenc Puskas in fourth.

Brazilian Ronaldo rounds off the prime 5, adopted by Marco van Basten and Alfredo di Stefano.

Frenchman Michel Platini completed in eighth, whereas World Cup winner Diego Maradona is surprisingly down in ninth regardless of many relating to him as the greatest of all time.

This might be put right down to the proven fact that his brilliance didn’t maintain over a protracted interval of time.

And Dutch icon Johan Cruyff concludes the prime ten, just six factors beneath Maradona.

But Dr Crawford, who’s a giant soccer fan, recognises that his findings won’t carry an finish to the debate.

He stated: “As an enormous soccer fan, I’ve lengthy debated with my mates who the greatest participant of all time is.

“I have loved bringing maths to the masses over the past few years, so being able to showcase how you can use it within the world of football has been a lot of fun.

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Ronaldo and Messi are both named in the Ballon d'Or all-time best XI
Ronaldo and Messi are each named in the Ballon d’Or all-time greatest XI

“Whilst Cristiano Ronaldo has come out on prime from my algorithm, it’s clear that all the different gamers’ stats are completely unimaginable, and I’m positive the debate will proceed!”

Ronaldo will look to make extra historical past following his return to Manchester United.

He seems set to make his second debut for the membership in opposition to Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday.


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