Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo

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Messi vs Cristiano in their entire careers

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.

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?

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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 todas las competiciones internacionales de clubes


Messi vs Cristiano en todas las competiciones europeas 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.

77 Responses

  1. Sharnon January 3, 2017 / 03:58

    The player which can win a world cup, will be remembered as the better player of the two. Pele won 3 world cups. That is a record that neither Messi or Rolando can’t catch up anymore. The World Cup is the highest honor for a soccer player beside any other statistics you may add.

    • Sharnon January 3, 2017 / 04:34

      Statistics don’t give players immortality. Everyone will remember, (all camera’s got the moment on screen) that the Portuguese player Eder is the one who did score the only goal against France (and not Cristiano Rolando), so that Portugal wins for the first time an important title in Europe and at the world stage of football. The special moments in important circumstances do let people remembered a player. For example two historic goals Marandona scored against England at the World Cup held in Mexico in 1986 is always remembered and replayed. People don’t remembered statistics, but they remembered historic moments. For example when Uruguay won the world cup of Brazil in Brazil in 1950, “el Maracanaso”! The player who puts more historic landmarks connected to his name is the one which will be remembered and will be mostly beloved it by his people. By winning the European Cup 2016 Cristiano Rolando did a historic step in that direction, but by winning the world cup 2018 in Russia with Portugal that will be ultimate immortality for ever. Messi also can reach his highest point in his career at Russia 2018 with the national squad of Argentina. A dream final at the world cup 2018, would be Portugal against Argentina, with both players in the game. Lets pray for this historic moment to happen in history.This will be immortality for ever. Don’t miss it!!!!

      • Elroy January 4, 2017 / 06:23

        u are stupid.. u only consider the trophies…u dont love football…u dont understand how a maggical dribbling can give goosebumps…u r fucking crazy ..u r nonsense.

  2. soyen January 5, 2017 / 04:58

    However I love Messi. He is my favourite

  3. MURAD January 5, 2017 / 23:42

    However messi is the best in all time…..he is my idol…….

  4. adebisi wasiu January 11, 2017 / 11:23

    Messi had always been the sacrificial lamb during any comparison while Cristiano Ronaldo had always been the lucky one. Its good for the sport of it. Ronaldo is good but I think messi is better.

  5. Ngala Maimo January 12, 2017 / 05:19

    Well the fact is that Messi and CR7 are all great players. But I prefer cr7 and I see him as a fighter. In the euro finals he got injured, tried to play again for his country, could not, cried , didn’t give up and supported his team by assisting the coach, in fact is a real patriot . On the other hand Messi at copa america missed a penalty, cried and turned his back on his country and talked of an early retirement. Cr7 is a fighter

  6. ris January 12, 2017 / 17:59

    The thing is that Ronaldo stats would have been better if he had began his career in laliga like messi

  7. ris January 12, 2017 / 18:02

    The only thing i see is that Ronaldo’s stats would have been better if he had began his career in laliga like messi

    • Doug Farias January 13, 2017 / 01:33

      Maybe, maybe not. His development may have been very different and he would have probably had more trouble breaking into the Madrid XI prior to the 2006/07 season. By the 2006/07 season with Man U, he had already played close to 8000 minutes (137 appearances), and though Man U had some great players, CR7 would have had to contend with Brazillian Ronaldo, Zidane, Raul, Luis Figo, and Guti at Real. Keep in mind too that this was the height of the Galactico Era of Real, where younger players were not necessarily given much game time.

  8. Steffon January 13, 2017 / 22:09

    Messi is the best of all time and if it was for his crappy teammate housing he would have won many trophies at international level

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