- The Portuguese needed 2.56 metres to score past Sampdoria.
- Messi is 17 cm shorter than Ronaldo but he jumped even higher to score a winner in the 2009 Champions League final.
- His total height as he jumped is estimated to be 2.74 metres.
Earlier this week, Cristiano Ronaldo reached a height of 2.56 metres to score a header against Sampdoria. We shouldn't forget that the Portuguese striker's height is at 1.87 metres which is why scoring headed goals is a natural thing for him.
You would never believe but Leo Messi also scored a so-called NBA header. More importantly, it arrived ten years before Ronaldo's recent goal.
Messi beat Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand in the air to head the ball in the net during the Champions League final in 2009.
Let's do some maths: Messi's leap was estimated to be at 1.04 metres which makes the total height of his jump up to 2.74 metres. We shouldn't forget that the Argentine is 17 cm shorter than the Portuguese. Yet, Messi managed to outdid his long-time rival even in headers.
By the way, Messi's goal earned Barcelona the Champions League triumph as they won 2-0. The Argentine would later describe his header as the best goal he has ever scored.
And now take a look at Messi's incredible header. Do you agree that it's his best goal ever?