Let’s keep Maradona and Pele out of this.
Simply put, Messi elevates football to new heights. He IS the game. If you like watching football and I mean truly like it, Messi is your go-to. He brings something more to the game.
That said, Ronaldo is a champion. He is built to win in life. Ronaldo always pulls something out of his bag on the big occassions. He is a machine.
At the end of the day, it’s upto you. You choose art and the game or you choose trophies and the glitz and glamour. Different people have different perspectives.