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The Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi stats reveal that it has been undoubtedly the biggest rivalry in modern football. Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated world football for more than a decade now.

While Portuguese superstar Ronaldo made his professional debut for Sporting in 2002, Argentine talisman Messi took the world football by storm when he made his senior debut for La Liga giants Barcelona in 2004.

The Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi debate first became the biggest conundrum in football during the 2007-08 season. Both the football megastars were nominated for the prestigious Ballon d'Or in 2007. Interestingly, Kaka pipped Ronaldo and Messi to claim the coveted award that year. Meanwhile, Ronaldo finished second with 277 votes while Messi came third with 255 votes.

However, after Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi would go on to dominate the Ballon d'Or in the next 10 years.

Playing for Manchester United, Ronaldo (446 votes) claimed his first Ballon d'Or in 2008 after he edged second-placed Messi (281 votes).

In 2009, former Barcelona forward Messi took his revenge as he bagged his maiden Ballon d'Or by beating Ronaldo with 250 votes. 

Since then, Messi won the Ballon d'Or in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2021. On the other hand, Ronaldo clinched the Ballon d'Or in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Furthermore, Messi has six European Golden Shoes while Ronaldo has won four of them.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi stats

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi Ballon d'Or 

Player

Won

Total 

Cristiano Ronaldo

2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017

5

Lionel Messi

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, 2021

7

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi European Golden Shoes

Player

Won

Total 

Cristiano Ronaldo

2007-08, 2010-11, 2013-14, 2014-15

4

Lionel Messi

2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19

6

In his illustrious career, Cristiano Ronaldo has represented four clubs namely Sporting, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus. Ronaldo has netted 699 club goals and provided 221 assists in 941 appearances so far. 

Lionel Messi, on the other hand, has spent most of his professional career at Barcelona before moving to Paris Saint-Germain. During his 19-year-long career, Messi has scored 689 club goals in just 823 matches. He has also recorded 326 assists. 

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi goals at club level

Player

Appearances

Goals

Assists

Minutes/goal

Cristiano Ronaldo

941

699

221

110

Lionel Messi

823

689

326

98

Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for the most goals in the UEFA Champions League. Ronaldo has scored a staggering 140 goals in 183 appearances in Europe’s biggest football competition so far. Along with 140 goals, the Manchester United footballer has registered 48 assists.

Messi is second on the list with 126 goals in 158 appearances. He has recorded 42 assists in his UCL career.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi goals in UEFA Champions League

Player

Appearances

Goals

Assists

Minutes/goal

Cristiano Ronaldo

183

140

48

114

Lionel Messi

158

126

42

104

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi rivalry was at its peak during their stay in La Liga. Real Madrid’s Ronaldo and their arch-rival FC Barcelona’s Messi competed for club titles and personal awards between 2009 and 2018.

While Messi owns the record for most goals for a single club, having scored an astonishing 474 goals in 520 appearances, Ronaldo also showed his greatness as he scored a staggering 311 goals in 292 appearances for Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi goals in La Liga

Player

Appearances

Goals

Assists

Minutes/goal

Cristiano Ronaldo

292

311

95

81

Lionel Messi

520

474

216

89

Cristiano Ronaldo also holds the record for the most goals in international football. Having represented the Portugal national football team since making debut in 2003, Ronaldo has scored 117 goals in 189 appearances along with providing 42 assists so far.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi is the leading goalscorer in international football from South America. Playing for the Argentina national football team, Messi has scored 86 goals in 162 appearances. He has also recorded 51 assists so far. 

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi goals in international football

Player

Appearances

Goals

Assists

Cristiano Ronaldo

189

117

42

Lionel Messi

162

86

51

Cristiano Ronaldo made his FIFA World Cup debut for Portugal in their 1-0 win over Angola at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, Germany in 2006. During their second group D match, Ronaldo converted a penalty kick to score his first World Cup goal against Iran.

Since then, Ronaldo has appeared in three more FIFA World Cups in 2010, 2014 and 2018. He has scored seven goals and provided two assists in 17 matches so far.

On the other hand, Lionel Messi became the youngest player to represent Argentina when he came on as a substitute against Serbia and Montenegro during a FIFA World Cup match in 2006. He scored a goal as well as registered an assist in their 6-0 win.

Messi also played a major role for Argentina in three more editions of the FIFA World Cup in 2010, 2014 and 2018. The Rosario-born footballer has netted six goals and recorded five assists in 19 World Cup appearances so far.

While Messi reached the 2014 FIFA World Cup final before losing 0-1 to Germany, Ronaldo has reached the Round of 16 with Portugal in the 2010 and 2018 editions.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi goals in FIFA World Cups

Player

Appearances

Goals

Assists

Cristiano Ronaldo

17

7

2

Lionel Messi

19

6

5

Overall, Cristiano Ronaldo has more career goals than Lionel Messi currently. While Ronaldo has netted 816 goals in 1130 matches, Messi has scored 775 goals in 984 games.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi career goals 

Player

Matches

Goals

Average

Seasons

Cristiano Ronaldo

1130

816

0.72

2002-present

Lionel Messi

984

775

0.78

2004-present

However, Lionel Messi has won more trophies than Cristiano Ronaldo across various football competitions for club and country. While Messi has claimed 41 trophies in his career, Ronaldo has clinched 34 titles so far.

Messi’s 41 trophies include ten La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey titles, four UEFA Champions Leagues and the Copa America title. Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s trophy cabinet comprises seven league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, and the UEFA European Championship.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi trophies

Player

Total 

Cristiano Ronaldo

34

Lionel Messi

41

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