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Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi. It’s an argument as old as time itself, with diehard fans of these two all-time greats throwing out stats and facts in support of their preferred candidate to make their case for superiority—Messianiacs pointing to his better scoring record, his better passing, his better dribbling abilities, his ability to dominate games in many different ways, and his bigger trophy haul as evidence of the Argentine’s eminence; the Ronaldonians indicating their man’s ability to jump real high and head the ball real good as proof of the Portuguese’s peerlessness—in a rabid and unending struggle to make the definitive case that one is better than the other.

It’s been a back and forth fight, like yin and yang, with no side able to claim victory short of literally killing their interlocutor in an effort to end the debate. Until now, that is. Feast your eyes on definitive proof that, because the two men don’t respond the exact same way to different circumstances, Ronaldo has once and for all emerged as the superior player:

The answer was right there before our eyes the whole time, only we were too blinded by Messi’s flashy but ultimately meaningless talent to see. Next time a Messi stan reels off his goals and assists numbers or waxes lyrical about his mastery of the ball or cues up clips of his clutch late-game heroics, Ronaldo fans will finally have the ultimate trump card in the form of these images of Ronaldo clapping his hands a couple times. If that’s not proof of greatness, I don’t know what is.