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Messi vs Ronaldo All Time – Statistics and Records

Probably the greatest players to have grace the world football, Messi vs Ronaldo are going head to head for the last 10 years not only for individual titles but also helping their club and national teams to glory. But the million dollar question is who is better Ronaldo ? or Messi ?. Thats a questions which divide football fans, make them argue with friends and specially online sports websites comments boxes.

Messi vs Ronaldo 2017-18 – Statistics and Records:

The 2017-18 season is into its full flow with La Liga season already into second matchday. On this page you will find updated statistics of both Ronaldo and Messi this season.

As of 05 December 2017:

Lionel Messi 2017-18 Season Statistics
Competition Games Goals Assist
Spanish League BBVA 14 13 4
UEFA Champions League 5 3 1
Copa del Rey 0 0 0
Super Cup 2 1 0
Total 21 17 5
Cristiano Ronaldo 2017-18 Season Statistics
Competition Games Goals Assist
Spanish League BBVA 10 2 2
UEFA Champions League 5 8 1
Copa del Rey 0 0 0
Super Cup/Club World Cup 2 1 0
Total 17 11 3

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Probably the greatest players to have grace the world football, Ronaldo and Messi are going head to head for the last 6-7 years not only for individual titles but also helping their club and national teams to glory. But the million dollar question is who is better Ronaldo ? or Messi ?. Thats a questions which divide football fans, make them argue with friends and specially online sports websites comments boxes.

2016-17 Statistics: Below are the official stats from 2016-17 season.
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2015-16 Statistics: Below are the updated statistics from 2015-16 season.

2014-15 Statistics: Below are the last season 2014-15 statistics where Ronaldo outscored Messi by 3 goals in all competitions but it was Messi who won all the trophies for Barcelona.
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Here are some all time career goals and appearance record of both players and how they scored in league, champions league and other domestic cups. (As of 05 December 2017)

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Its clear from the graphic above that Lionel Messi has slightly better goal to game ratio with him taking 0.83 matches to score 1 goal while Ronaldo ratio is not bad either which is around 0.68.

If we talk about their overall Champions League performance again its pretty similar apart from Messi have superior goal ration of 0.86 compared to Ronaldo’s 0.63. Messi is now the all time highest goal scorer in champions league history while Ronaldo is second with 72 goals to his name.

Team & Individual Honors: Below is the complete list of honors won by both Ronaldo and Messi since 2004. We have included all major trophies and individual awards 
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They both are great, Messi is better at building up attacks brining his team mates into play and can find that killer pass which can split even the water tight defences of opposition. On the other hand we have Cristiano Ronaldo who is more athletic, makes solo runs on the wings can score all type of goals.

Ronaldo is a better professional, he had talent but he made it even better with his dedication to improve which we have been witnessing year after year. Messi on the other hand has a natural gift of balance and control over the football, he can turn and twist accelerate with the ball at his feet better than anyone. So before we decide who is a better player we take a look at the over all record of both players starting with the all time goal and game statistics.

We will talk about these statistics and records later in the post but now we move our attention to 2014-15 season statistics as they are important going into the Ballon Dór 2015 ceremony.

Or you can take look at the table below which shows the name of the title both of players have won with their teams in the last 12 years of their careers. Ronaldo of course started with a FA Cup medal in his very first year at United while Messi enjoyed huge success in his first 4-5 years with Barcelona where he won it all.

Ronaldo vs Messi Career – Team Honors 
Cristiano RONALDO YEAR Lionel MESSI
FA Cup 2003-04
2004-05 La Liga
League Cup 2005-06 Champions League, La Liga, Super Cup
Premier League 2006-07 Super Cup
Champions League, Premier League, Community Shield 2007-08
Premier League, League Cup, Club World Cup 2008-09 Champions League, La Liga, Copa del Rey
2009-10 La Liga, Uefa Super Cup,Super Cup, Club World Cup
Copa del Rey 2010-11 Champions League, La Liga, Super Cup
La Liga 2011-12 Copa del Rey, Uefa Super Cup, Super Cup, Club World Cup
Spanish Super Cup 2012-13 La Liga
Champions League, Copa del Rey 2013-14 Spanish Super Cup
Uefa Super Cup 2014-15

and now the individual honours which both players have earned in their careers, which include young player of the year awards as well.

Ronaldo vs Messi — Individual Honors 
Cristiano RONALDO YEAR Lionel MESSI
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
PFA Young Player of the Year 2006-07
European Golden Shoe, EPL Golden Boot, Champions League Top Scorer, Uefa Club Footballer of the Year 2007-08
Ballon d’Or 2008-09 Champions League Top Scorer
2009-10 Ballon d’Or, European Golden Shoe, La Liga Top Scorer, Champions League Top Scorer
European Golden Shoe, La Liga Top Scorer 2010-11 Ballon d’Or, Champions League Top Scorer
2011-12 Ballon d’Or, European Golden Shoe, La Liga Top Scorer, Champions League Top Scorer
Champions League Top Scorer 2012-13 Ballon d’Or, European Golden Shoe, La Liga Top Scorer
Ballon d’Or, European Golden Shoe, Champions League Top Scorer, La Liga Top Scorer 2013-14
2014-15 World Cup Golden Ball

Now we move to both players records which they made and broke in the last decade or so, some of them are specific league records and some of them are all time world records.

Ronaldo vs Messi — Records
Lionel MESSI
1 Most FIFA Ballon d’Or awards (4)
 2 Only player in history to have won Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Player, Pichichi trophy & Golden Boot in the same season
3 World record of most goals in a calendar year: 91 goals (2012)
 4 consecutive league matches scored in: 21 matches (33 goals) + only player to have scored against all teams in the same league
 5 Leading goal scorer in Spanish League history (253 goals)
 6 Leading scorer in UEFA Champions League history (74 goals)
7 All time leading Barcelona scorer (399)

So now you have the bigger picture, Messi is two year younger than Cristiano Ronaldo and he has achieved everything a football can dream of and in 2014 world cup he was inches away winning a World Cup for his native Argentina side as he guided them to the final, but it was Germany who eventually won it but Messi went home with the Golden Ball (best player in world cup).

More champions League titles, more FIFA player of the year awards, more goals, more assists and broke almost all big scoring records really do make Messi a better player than Ronaldo. It easier to judge them because they are playing in the same era unlike previous big football rivalry which was Maradona vs Pele.

Personaly I think Lionel Messi is slightly better player than Ronaldo because not only his goal record is incredible but he has a bigger impact on the team he is playing in. Ronaldo on the other hand is incredible player and he is in the elite class of all time great footballers and he still has couple of years left at the very peak of his career and things might change and we might look at them differently when they hang up there boots. But so far Messi shades it for me against Ronaldo.

More details info

Details Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi
Full Name Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro Lionel Andres Messi
Birth Place Funchal, Madeira, Portugal Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Nation Portugal Argentina
Current Club Barcelona Real Madrid
Jersey No. 7 10
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.86 m) 5 ft 7 in (1.69 m)
Weight 186 lbs (84 kg) 148 lbs (67 kg)
Date of birth 24 June, 1987 5 February, 1985
Net Worth $221 million $210 million
Individual Achievement 62 101

You can take a look into the quotes by legends about Messi and Ronaldo.

Pep Guardiola (Manager – Bayern Munich) – “Messi is unstoppable. you can defend in front of him”

Arsene Wenger (Coach of Arsenal FC) – “Who is the best footballer of the world ? Messi. Who is the best footballer ever ? Messi”

Cassano (Milan) – “Lionel Messi is the best and that’s why I prefer Barca over Real”

Arda Turan (When played for Galatassary) – “Who is the best player in the world? I would say Ronaldo. But Leo is from other planet.”

Filipe Scolari (Ex Coach of Portugal national team) – “The only bad thing about Ronaldo’s career is Messi. If it was not happen, he would be the top player in the world for 5 years in a row.”

Journalist, Specialists, Ex-player, other stars still can’t answering directly but their method is the wait and see for finishing of their career. Best way is the shout loudly for your favourite legends. Don’t have enough capability to answer it. Lets giving the responsibility to you.

What you think of this rivalry ? who is the better player between Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo ? use the poll below to cast your vote and express your opinion in the comments section.

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  1. Adebola December 10, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    You need to update this record. Ronaldo is the champions league highest goal scorer as of today. Personally I think Ronaldo has done well for himself. He has shown his pedigree everywhere he has been to

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