A supercomputer has finally put to rest who is regarded as the greatest player of all time between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
There has been an unending debate about who is the better player between the Portuguese and the Argentine.
But it seems the supercomputer has put the argument to rest with evidence on both player's performances in the past few years.
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According to Sporza, professors at KU Leuven university and data experts at SciSports have come up with a formula to decide who the best player is.
"The value of a soccer player is often determined by goals and assists. A goal is a rare event, however, because an average of 1,600 actions are estimated to occur in a match.
"Our model looks at each action - shots, passes, dribbles, tackles - and calculates its value," Prof, Jesse Davis explained how their system works.
The data was used for both players from the 2013/14 season until Ronaldo left Real Madrid to join Juventus at the end of the 2017/18 season.
And the computer came to conclusion that the Barcelona star man was better than the Juventus striker.
During this period, Messi scored 1.21 per game with Ronaldo scoring just 0.61 in each match when the Valuing Actions by Estimating Probabilities, or VAEP was used.
A PhD student Tom Decroos who was part of the research said: "In the first seasons, Messi and Ronaldo's scores are very close to each other.
"From the 2015/16 season, Messi has stepped away from his eternal rival.
"We see a trade-off with most football players: either they make a lot of actions with a less high value - that's the case with Paul Pogba, for example.
"Or you have players who are less likely to hit the ball, but who have a big impact. That is typical of strikers like Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Ronaldo.
"Messi is exceptional in this area: the Argentinian has a very high number of actions and they also have a high value."
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