In these graphs we can see the relevance that Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have had in the titles that they have played with their teams.
All the finals played by Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
In aggregate, we note that Messi has won 70% of the finals, while Cristiano Ronaldo almost 70%. Messi has scored 26 goals in the 30 he has played, while Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in 22 finals.
Finals played by Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in clubs
Turning to the comparison “only clubs”, the difference increases. Messi reaches 80% of the finals won with FC Barcelona (20 of 25) while Cristiano won 70% (14 of 20). The scoring average in finals played by Messi increases, as their 26 goals have been achieved in 25 finals with the Blaugrana. The same happens to Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored his 16 goals in 20 finals disputed with his clubs.
Finals played by Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in national teams
Regarding the national teams, neither of them has had excessive fortune. Messi was only able to win one of four finals (Olympic gold medal in Beijing against Nigeria), while Cristiano lost the only final he played at home, Euro 2014 Portugal, against Greece, while he won Euro 2016. Neither of them has scored in finals with national teams*
- In this chart, as in the rest of the web, we do not consider the FIFA U-20 World Cup won by Leo Messi, whose final he scored two goals, considering it a lower level title. We do consider, however, the Olympic gold medal, disputed with U-23 players, because we believe that the Olympics are a world-class competition, and of extraordinary importance.
Finals played by Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo since CR plays for Real Madrid
Finally, from the season 2009/2010, when Cristiano Ronaldo reached the Spanish League, Messi has played 21 finals, winning 17 of them (more than 80%) and scoring 24 goals. Cristiano, meanwhile, has scored 13 goals in the 12 finals he has played, and has won 9 of them, just 75%.