Lionel Messi is stronger than Cristiano Ronaldo, the VAEP explanation

Messi più forte Cristiano Ronaldo VAEP

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo during a prize-giving ceremony of the Golden Ball (photo Ansa)

ROME – The unresolved question "Is Maradona or Pelé better?" He had his logical follow-up in "Is Cristiano Ronald oo Messi better ?". If the first question has never had an answer able to satisfy everyone, the second question, as La Gazzetta dello Sport writes in an article written by Simona Marchetti , has perhaps been solved thanks to VAEP (Valuing Actions by Estimating Probabilities) and to a formula devised by computer experts from the KU Leuven University in Leuven , Belgium, in collaboration with the SciSports Dutch.

"Usually, the value of a player is determined by goals and assists – explained Professor Jesse Davis on the Belgian site Sporza, taken from the Mirror and the Gazzetta dello Sport – but a goal is a rare event, because in a game they occur on average 1600 actions, so our formula has taken all these into consideration, thus calculating their value ”.

But let's go to the conclusions. According to the VAEP, Lionel Messi is stronger than Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentine striker crashes the Portuguese with a VAEP score of 1.21 per game, while rival Cristiano Ronaldo stopped at 0.61. It must be said that the matches of the Argentine and the Portuguese from 2013 to 2018 were taken into consideration (the year in which Cristiano Ronaldo left Spain and Real Madrid to move to Juventus in Italy).

"In the first few seasons the scores of Messi and Ronaldo were very similar – another researcher pointed out – but since the 2015-2016 season Messi has spread. His greatness lies in the fact that while some players, such as Pogba, do so many actions but of lower value and others, like Harry Kane or Ronaldo himself, make less but of great impact, the Argentine instead produces many actions of high value ”(sources La Gazzetta dello Sport, Mirror and Sporza).

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