Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi: Goals, Records and Awards

The Ronaldo-Messi rivalry is an association football rivalry between fans of Argentine forward Lionel Messi and Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and supposedly between the athletes themselves. Having won a combined ten Ballon d'Or/FIFA Ballon d'Or awards (5 each), both are widely regarded as the two best ...

Cristiano RONALDO does not have the same pressure as Lionel Messi to win the World Cup because Portugal is not expected to go far in the competition. Cristiano Ronaldo scored on his 150th Champions League appearance as Real Madrid secured a spot in this year’s semi-finals.

Ronaldo’s last-minute penalty against Juventus gave Real a 4-3 aggregate win against Italians. The goal was also his 120th in the Champions League - an all-time record for the competition.

Portugal star Ronaldo is now 20 Champions League goals ahead of his biggest rival, Lionel Messi. But Barcelona star Messi is leading 29-23 in this season’s Pichichi race for the La Liga top goalscorer.

Messi and Ronaldo’s goal-scoring talents are often compared and it’s a long-running debate for football fans around the world on which player is the best.

So, how do the two-star strikers compare? We take a look at Messi and Ronaldo’s incredible scoring feats and their career statistics.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi: the rivalry

Cristiano Ronaldo player profile

  • Age: 33

  • Clubs: Real Madrid (2009-present); Manchester United (2003-09); Sporting Lisbon (2002-03)

  • Nationality: Portuguese

  • Ballon d’Or wins: 5 (2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2008 – at Man Utd)

  • The Best Fifa Men’s Player: 2 (2016 and 2017)

Lionel Messi player profile

  • Age: 30

  • Clubs: Barcelona (2004-present)

  • Nationality: Argentine

  • Ballon d’Or wins: 5 (2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)

Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi: the statistics

According to the website, here’s how the pair compares in terms of goals, hat-tricks and goal ratios as of 11 April:

All-time career (club and country, but excluding club friendlies)

  • Ronaldo: 651 goals and 208 assists in 904 appearances

  • Messi: 607 goals and 247 assists in 753 appearances

  • Hat-tricks: Ronaldo 50; Messi 45

  • Career goal ratio: Ronaldo 0.72; Messi 0.81

Club career (excluding friendlies)

  • Ronaldo: 570 goals and 181 assists in 755 club appearances

  • Messi: 546 goals and 210 assists in 630 appearances

  • Hat-tricks: Ronaldo 45; Messi 40

  • Club goal ratio: Ronaldo 0.75; Messi 0.87

International career (friendly and competitive matches)

  • Ronaldo: 81 goals and 27 assists in 149 appearances for Portugal

  • Messi: 61 goals and 37 assists in 123 appearances for Argentina

  • Hat-tricks: Ronaldo 5; Messi 5

  • International goal ratio: Ronaldo 0.54; Messi 0.50

Ronaldo vs. Messi in European football

Statistics according to

  • Champions League goals (group stage to final): Ronaldo 120 (including 15 for Man Utd); Messi 100

  • Champions League hat-tricks: 7 each

  • Both players have scored 60 all-time group stage goals

  • Did you know? Ronaldo is the only player to score in three Uefa Champions League finals and the first to score in 11 successive Champions League matches (run ongoing)

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi

Ronaldo vs. Messi: trophies won

Ronaldo club honors

  • Premier League titles: 3

  • FA Cup: 1

  • English Football League Cup: 2

  • La Liga titles: 2

  • Copa del Rey: 2

  • Spanish Supercup: 2

  • Uefa Champions League: 4

  • Uefa Super Cup: 2

  • Fifa Club World Cup: 4

Ronaldo international honors

  • Uefa European Championship titles: 1 (2016)

Messi club honors

  • La Liga titles: 8

  • Copa del Rey: 5

  • Spanish Supercup: 6

  • Uefa Champions League: 4

  • Uefa Super Cup: 3

  • Fifa Club World Cup: 3

Messi international honours

  • Fifa U-20 World Cup: 1 (2005)

  • Olympic Gold Medal: 1 (2008)

Poll: Ronaldo or Messi – who is better?

In a poll on the website, Messi is currently No. 1 according to the fans:

  • Ronaldo: 39% – 181,904 votes

  • Messi: 61% – 287,282 votes

  • Total votes: 469,186 (as of 3 April)

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