They are a debate on which is the better competition the UEFA European Club Champion (currently UEFA Champion League) or the FIFA World Cup. Both competition will be played by the best player of their generation like Johan Cyruff, Franz Beckenbauer , Alfredo Di Stefano, Maradona, David Beckham , Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Iker Casillas , Xavi, Iniesta, Michel Platini, Luis Figo and many more.
The World Cup will be played 4 years once in host country selected by FIFA via a draw. Starting from 1998 FIFA had decided that each continent will have a chance to host the competition and FIFA had delivered by organizing the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan, 2006 in Germany, 2010 in South Africa and 2014 in Brazil. Now FIFA had decided that is open for every continent. Where the UEFA Champion League will be played in group stages in first round then subsequently 2-legged home and away knockout stages starting from 2nd round onward. The final will be played in the neutral ground selected by UEFA. Sometime the final stadium will be contested between the home team like had happen in 2012 final where the final in Allianz Arena and Bayern Munich had been in the final. In this case the team will have a home advantage but unfortunately on this final Bayern had lost to Chelsea. The something can also happen in World Cup when the host reached the final and the team can gain a home advantages. Happens in 1930 Uruguay, 1934 Italy, 1966 England, 1974 West Germany, 1978 Argentina and in 1998 France. On this occasion the host team had reached the final and had won the cup. Only Brazil in 1950 and Sweden in 1958 that hosted the competition on that year had lost the final.
They are several players had won both the World Cup and the UEFA European Club Cup. They are Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sepp Maier, Iniesta, Xavi, Iker Casillas, Pedro, Manuel Nueuer, Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Cafu and many more. They are some player that UEFA European Club but not the World Cup like Johan Cyruff, Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, George Best, Michel Platini, Micheal Laundrup and many more. They are also some player that had won the World Cup but not UEFA Club Cup like Lothar Matthaus, Diego Maradona, Pele, Kurt Hamrin, Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullits, Marco Van Basten, Ronaldo, Romario, Rivaldo and many more.
Although UEFA Champion League is a club competition, it assembles most of the best player in the current generation in one club. They are some game that was mouth-watering like Real Madrid vs Barcelona, Manchester United vs Real Madrid, Barcelona vs AC Milan, AC Milan vs Real Madrid , Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid, Barcelona vs Bayern Munich, and many more. This type of game will assemble the best player in current generation such Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Thomas Muller, and many more in that one game. For the World Cup they also some mouth-watering clashes like Germany vs Argentina, Germany vs Brazil, Brazil vs Argentina, Argentina vs England, Netherlands vs Germany, England vs Brazil and many more.
For player like George Best whom representing Northern Ireland that have difficulties to qualify for the World Cup compare to the European powerhouse, winning the UEFA Champion League is a big achievement for him. For the player from big European and South America powerhouse winning both of them will be the greatest achievement. For some player wining the World Cup will be their greatest achievement and they will not hesitate to exchange their European trophy for the one FIFA World Cup.
If a player misses a change to won the World Cup, he will need to wait for another 4 years to win the trophy. But the time his age will catch up with the player. If Christiano Ronaldo whom will be 33 by that time unable to won the World Cup in 2018, he will be 37 in 2022 World Cup and the chances for him to play in next World Cup will be slim. But if in a player unable to won the Champion League in one season, he can try again in the next season as this competition played annually. So winning the World Cup is much more harder than the UEFA Champion League , as one mistakes, one misplace, or bad piece of luck will ruin the chances and the player need to wait another 4 years to get the chances again.
For some player from the African nation, CONCACAF nation and Asian nation playing well in World Cup will be stepping stone for them to be in the big European Club that offer a big pay check and chances to won the UEFA Champion League. This had happened when player from Senegal and South Korea in 2002 World Cup, Japan in 1998 World Cup, Algeria in 1982 World Cup and Cameroon in 1990 World Cup. Their excellent performance with their team in World Cup earned them a contract with the big European Club.
Since UEFA Champion League is 2-legged home and away knockout stages from 2nd stages onward until the semi-final, team still have a chance to redeem themselves if they had lost in first leg. Happen in 2004 Quarter Final when AC Milan had defeated Deportivo La Coruna 4-1 in the first leg in Italy only the overturned by Deportivo in Spain 4-0 that had knocked out AC Milan. In that year competition in the quarter final Real Madrid had beaten AS Monace 4-2 in Spain only to be overturned 3-1 in France that had knocked out the Madrid team. Where in the World Cup since this is an one off game starting from group stages until the final team will rarely have this kind of chances. Hence winning the World Cup is considered to be harder than the UEFA.
Although UEFA Champion League is contested annually and is a collection of the best player in one club, winning the World Cup is still considered to be pinnacle for the player. Legends like Pele, Maradona, Johan Cyruff , Roger Milla, Romario, Bebeto, Ronaldo, Rivaldo , Roberto Carlos, Cafu, Paolo Rossi , and many more had made their name in World Cup compare to UEFA Champion League. Until now Maradona achievement with Argentina in 1986 had gained the legendary status, Pele with Brazil in 1970 had made him immortal , Paolo Rossi hattrick in 1982 World Cup against Brazil were still talked about until now, Ronaldo 8 goals in 2002 World Cup were thing of a legend in the making, Johan Cyruff Total Football final lost was more talked about than the West German team winning the World Cup, Algeria remarkable performance in the 1982 World Cup and many more breath taking performance by team in World Cup.
Winning the World Cup still can be considered to the greatest achievement for a player as the competition are much harder to win than the UEFA Champion League and also winning the World Cup will put the national team and their player in legendary status. Hence the World Cup still have the advantage compare to the UEFA Champion League as the legends are made in the World Cup.