Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo

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In football conversations usually arises the discussion over who is better… if Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. Any Google search yields hundreds of results on “Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo” or “Cristiano Ronaldo vs Messi”. Assuming that we will always make a subjective analysis, based on our personal preferences, I have made this comparison, as a statistic, rigorous and totally objective analysis, in which I will confront their individual and collective achievements. I have incorporated an aspect that many people apply: the comparison of the two since Cristiano Ronaldo plays for Real Madrid., holiday homes around the world

Messi vs Cristiano in their entire careers

In the whole of their careers we see several things: First, contrary to what many people think, Messi’s scoring average is higher than Cristiano Ronaldo’s. Just look at the number of games played by both, and how close they are in goals scored. Moreover, it is noteworthy that having played two seasons less, Messi has provided more assists to his teammates than Cristiano Ronaldo. Finally, we must emphasize Cristiano Ronaldo’s scoring average in Real Madrid, more than one goal per game, much higher than his career average.

How do they score?

Body parts

We can see that Messi scores mostly with his left foot, using his “bad leg” in around 1 of every 7 goals. His headed goals are less common because of his height.

Cristiano scores mostly (5 from every 7 goals) with his right foot. He makes around 1 of every 7 goals with his left foot and 1 from every 7 with his head.

Type of goal

Regarding the types of goals they scored we see that, despite having fewer goals than Cristiano, Messi has scored more times in open play while Cristiano has best records in set pieces both from the penalty spot and free kicks.

Where do they score?

Messi scores a slightly higher percentage of goals than Cristiano away from home and on neutral ground, while Cristiano scores a few more goals at home, although the percentages of both are quite similar in this respect.

Messi vs Cristiano only in their clubs

If we limit the sample to club matches, we note that the trend is maintained, with Messi with a higher scoring average and a more assists than Cristiano.

Messi vs Cristiano only in their national teams

If instead we focus on their performances with their national teams, we note again that Messi’s scoring average is higher than Cristiano’s as well as the number of assists given.

Messi vs Cristiano in La Liga

Since Cristiano reached the Spanish League, the duel between the two players became completely spectacular. Both maintain, during these 7 seasons, an average of more than 1 goal per game. In the global, Messi has scored more goals than Cristiano in these seven years, although playing a few more games, and has also given more assists.

Messi vs Cristiano in Champions League

Focusing only on the Champions League, we have to highlight the goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, absolute record of the competition, but to do so he has played many more games than Messi. Curiously, the Champions League is the only competition in which Cristiano has given more assists than Messi.

Noting only the data of the Champions League since Cristiano plays for Real Madrid, we can see that this is definitely his favorite competition. In the last 7 years he has made more goals and more assists than Messi in this competition, although he has not been lucky enough to lift more trophies.

Messi vs Cristiano en la Copa del Rey



Messi vs Cristiano en la Supercopa de España



Messi vs Cristiano en la Supercopa de Europa



Messi vs Cristiano en el Mundialito (Mundial de Clubes)



Messi vs Cristiano en los Mundiales


Messi vs Cristiano en Eurocopa/Copa América


El Clásico: Real Madrid vs Football Club Barcelona

Leo Messi currently holds the record of goals in “El Clasico” with 21. The ratio of goals per game of Messi is superior to Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as assists per game. Messi also outperforms Cristiano if we consider the number of minutes they need to score or assist.

In direct confrontations, ie, Clasicos in which they have faced, they have exactly the same rate of goals per game, although Messi stands out especially as an assistant. In the number of minutes they need to score their goals, Cristiano Messi leads slightly (by 1 minute 40 seconds). If we compute the average influence (goals + assists) we see that Messi beats Cristiano generating a goal every Clasico played (88 minutes 55 seconds), while Cristiano needs about one Clasico and a half (131 minutes and 49 seconds).

In this period we have also faced in 6 knockout stages:

Real Madrid managed to defeat FC Barcelona in Copa del Rey Final 2010/2011, Spanish Supercup Final 2012/2013, and Copa del Rey Semifinals 2012/2013. Also in Copa del Rey Final 2013/2014, but Cristiano Ronaldo did not play that game because of a small hamstring injury in the femoral biceps of his left leg.

Barcelona managed to beat Madrid in Champions League 2010/2011 Semifinals, Spanish Supercup Final 2011/2012, and Copa del Rey quarter finals 2011/2012.

13 Responses

  1. samchikoko July 12, 2016 / 12:14

    cr7 is far much better than messi interms of international cup

    • Patrice varela July 15, 2016 / 21:24

      No way …

    • Patrice varela July 15, 2016 / 21:29

      Messi have 4 champions league world cup final(Which is an honour)Olympic medal (gold one)u 20 with argentina better passer the ball record of assists some record of goals.genius 30 trophies vs 18

    • Patrice varela July 15, 2016 / 21:32

      And messi is 2 and half yrs younger

  2. Daniel Morales August 3, 2016 / 22:34

    Comentador Portátil a raíz de tu comentario me motivé a buscar los números goleadores de CR7 y Messi ante estos equipos de España, los que considero más importantes, las estadísticas son un poco largas la verdad, por lo que la dividiré en 3 comentarios, espero que tengas la paciencia y la bondad de leerlos. Apreciaré cualquier comentario o sugerencia, tanto tuyas o de cualquiera de los demás. Saludos.
    Desde la Temporada 2009-10 (Contando todas las competiciones):

    Lionel Messi
    17 goles en 22 partidos Promedio 0.77
    -Camp Nou- 13 goles en 11 partidos Promedio 1. 18
    -Vicente Calderón – 4 goles en 11 partidos Promedio 0. 36.
    Ha anotado en el 50% de los partidos.

    Cristiano Ronaldo
    15 goles en 24 partidos Promedio 0.62
    -Santiago Bernabéu- 6 goles en 12 partidos Promedio 0. 50
    -Vicente Calderón – 7 goles en 9 partidos Promedio 0.78
    Terreno Neutral – 2 goles en 3 partidos Promedio 0.67
    Ha anotado en el 46% de los partidos.

    Mejor Promedio Goleador: Lionel Messi
    Mejor Porcentaje de partidos diferentes anotando: Lionel Messi


    Lionel Messi
    16 goles en 20 partidos Promedio 0.80
    Camp Nou- 10 goles en 11 partidos Promedio 0.91
    San Mamés- 3 goles en 7 partidos Promedio 0.43.
    Terreno Neutral – 3 goles en 2 partidos Promedio 1.50
    Ha anotado en el 65% de los partidos.

    Cristiano Ronaldo
    16 goles en 14 partidos Promedio 1.14
    -Santiago Bernabéu- 12 goles en 7 partidos Promedio 1.71
    -San Mamés – 4 goles en 7 partidos Promedio 0. 57.
    Ha anotado en el 64% de los partidos.

    Mejor Promedio Goleador: Lionel Messi
    Mejor Porcentaje de partidos diferentes anotando: Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi
    15 goles en 26 partidos Promedio 0. 58
    -Camp Nou- 5 goles en 12 partidos Promedio 0.42
    -Santiago Bernabéu- 10 goles en 12 partidos Promedio 0. 83.
    -Terreno Neutral – 0 goles en 2 partidos Promedio 0.00
    Ha anotado en el 38% de los partidos.

    Cristiano Ronaldo
    16 goles en 25 partidos Promedio 0.64
    -Santiago Bernabéu- 5 goles en 12 partidos Promedio 0.42
    -Camp Nou – 10 goles en 12 partidos Promedio 0. 83
    -Terreno Neutral – 1 gol en 1 partido Promedio 1.00
    Ha anotado en el 56% de los partidos.

    Mejor Promedio Goleador: Cristiano Ronaldo
    Mejor Porcentaje de partidos diferentes anotando: Cristiano Ronaldo

  3. Anonymous10 August 10, 2016 / 10:36

    Um, you need to think straight. Cristiano Ronaldo is waaaay better than, what’s his name again, oh I just remembered messi. Clearly even though he hasn’t won that many championships or stuff, he is still waaaaay more talented at football than messi.

  4. Anonymous10 August 10, 2016 / 10:43

    Oh and Patrice Varella, think before you speak. Even if messi is younger shouldn’t that make him more energetic. And if you’re talking about league’s and cups, then remember that that was the whole team and not just Ronaldo alone. Maybe someone refuse to pass. But in skill, Ronaldo is sooooooooo much better than messi. This is a ratio I made up.
    Ronaldo : Messi
    80 20
    That’s whatch thought. Ronaldo is 4 Times better than messi or even more. He gives more charity and has more golden shoes. So check your facts before talking

    • Yeah August 26, 2016 / 20:44

      I think you’re the one who needs to check your facts. You’re spewing out a bunch of opinions, just take a good look at all their statistics, compare how they each did at a certain age, etc. CR7 is a beast, but Messi statistically speaking has done better than him, just look at all the different statistics on this website, it literally points everything out for you. And in terms of whose better (opinion), I have to disagree with you. Messi is the greatest.

  5. Anonymous10 August 10, 2016 / 10:46

    Sorry this is my ratio
    Ronaldo: Messi
    100 : 40

    Messi doesn’t even have half the skill Ronaldo has. Hats what I thought. And also to Stewart Davis. Think before you speak. Ronaldo is clearly better

    • Messi Ronaldo sucks August 11, 2016 / 04:25

      Ronaldo sucks,,,messi win 5 ballon dor who is the best player in the world messi

  6. It doesn't matter what u say messi the G.O.A.T August 11, 2016 / 07:03

    Rinaldo is bullshit look at the stats even messi humility and assists and goals alone makes him the best also 5 balloon do’r lmaoool

  7. obinns August 18, 2016 / 04:34

    These two are gurus and we are privileged to have them playing in our time but I think messi has a better playing atmosphere than ronaldo

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