If its making the goalkeeper look silly with a thunderous shot from outside the area or dribbling through the opposition defence before finishing with finesse of a hairdresser you can always count on these two left footed attacking maestros to deliver.
One of them has notched a world record 86 goals for club and country in 2012, while the other has smashed home four goals in cup competitions, including strikes against Oldham football Club and FC Gomel.
Downing has bagged two in the UEFA Europa league something the great Messi has failed to achieve in the highly rated tournament.
In their respective club leagues some say it was probably down to luck that Messi eclipsed the highly rated Englishman by 56 goals in 2012.
Which star do you think shone brighter in 2012?
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