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The world's greatest footballers - but who's the best?

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Messi VS Ronaldo

The number 1 resource for Messi and Ronaldo statistics and records

Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo

2016/17

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 8 Apps
    • 629 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 79 Mins
  • 5 Assists
  • 8 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 1.00 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 3 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.60 Goal Ratio
  • 0 Assists
  • 5 Apps
    • 363 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 121 Mins

La Liga

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 5 Apps
    • 359 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 90 Mins
  • 2 Assists
  • 4 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.80 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 1 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.33 Goal Ratio
  • 0 Assists
  • 3 Apps
    • 228 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 228 Mins

Champions League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 1 Apps
    • 90 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 30 Mins
  • 1 Assists
  • 3 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 3.00 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 2 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 1.00 Goal Ratio
  • 0 Assists
  • 2 Apps
    • 135 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 68 Mins

Other Cups (Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 2 Apps
    • 180 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 180 Mins
  • 2 Assists
  • 1 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.50 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 0 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio
  • 0 Assists
  • 0 Apps
    • 0 Minutes Played
    • A goal every / Mins

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Messi Goals Breakdown All Competitions

  • 7 Left Foot Goals
  • 0 Right Foot Goals
  • 1 Headed Goals

  • 1.00 Goal Ratio
  • 629 Minutes Played
  • A goal every 79 Mins

  • 1 Hat-Tricks
  • 1 Penalties (0 Missed)
  • 0 Free Kicks
  • 5 Inside the Box
  • 2 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

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Ronaldo Goals Breakdown All Competitions

  • 0 Left Foot Goals
  • 2 Right Foot Goals
  • 0 Headed Goals

  • 0.60 Goal Ratio
  • 363 Minutes Played
  • A goal every 121 Mins

  • 0 Hat-Tricks
  • 0 Penalties (0 Missed)
  • 1 Free Kicks
  • 1 Inside the Box
  • 0 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

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Messi Goals Breakdown La Liga

  • 4 Left Foot Goals
  • 0 Right Foot Goals
  • 0 Headed Goals

  • 0.80 Goal Ratio
  • 359 Minutes Played
  • A goal every 90 Mins

  • 0 Hat-Tricks
  • 1 Penalties (0 Missed)
  • 0 Free Kicks
  • 1 Inside the Box
  • 2 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

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Ronaldo Goals Breakdown La Liga

  • 0 Left Foot Goals
  • 1 Right Foot Goals
  • 0 Headed Goals

  • 0.33 Goal Ratio
  • 228 Minutes Played
  • A goal every 228 Mins

  • 0 Hat-Tricks
  • 0 Penalties (0 Missed)
  • 0 Free Kicks
  • 1 Inside the Box
  • 0 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

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Messi Goals Breakdown Champions League

  • 3 Left Foot Goals
  • 0 Right Foot Goals
  • 0 Headed Goals

  • 3.00 Goal Ratio
  • 90 Minutes Played
  • A goal every 30 Mins

  • 1 Hat-Tricks
  • 0 Penalties (0 Missed)
  • 0 Free Kicks
  • 3 Inside the Box
  • 0 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

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Ronaldo Goals Breakdown Champions League

  • 0 Left Foot Goals
  • 1 Right Foot Goals
  • 0 Headed Goals

  • 1.00 Goal Ratio
  • 135 Minutes Played
  • A goal every 68 Mins

  • 0 Hat-Tricks
  • 0 Penalties (0 Missed)
  • 1 Free Kicks
  • 0 Inside the Box
  • 0 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

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Messi Goals Breakdown Other Cups

  • 0 Left Foot Goals
  • 0 Right Foot Goals
  • 1 Headed Goals

  • 0.50 Goal Ratio
  • 180 Minutes Played
  • A goal every 180 Mins

  • 0 Hat-Tricks
  • 0 Penalties (0 Missed)
  • 0 Free Kicks
  • 1 Inside the Box
  • 0 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

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Ronaldo Goals Breakdown Other Cups

  • 0 Left Foot Goals
  • 0 Right Foot Goals
  • 0 Headed Goals

  • 0.00 Goal Ratio
  • 0 Minutes Played
  • A goal every / Mins

  • 0 Hat-Tricks
  • 0 Penalties (0 Missed)
  • 0 Free Kicks
  • 0 Inside the Box
  • 0 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

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2015/2016

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 49 Apps
    • 4229 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 103 Mins
  • 23 Assists
  • 41 Goals
    • 4 Penalties (4 missed)
    • 3 Hat-tricks
    • 0.84 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 51 Goals
    • 8 Penalties (3 missed)
    • 6 Hat-tricks
    • 1.06 Goal Ratio
  • 15 Assists
  • 48 Apps
    • 4348 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 85 Mins

La Liga

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 33 Apps
    • 2729 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 105 Mins
  • 16 Assists
  • 26 Goals
    • 3 Penalties (4 missed)
    • 2 Hat-tricks
    • 0.79 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 35 Goals
    • 6 Penalties (3 missed)
    • 3 Hat-tricks
    • 0.97 Goal Ratio
  • 11 Assists
  • 36 Apps
    • 3240 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 93 Mins

Champions League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 7 Apps
    • 630 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 105 Mins
  • 1 Assists
  • 6 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.86 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 16 Goals
    • 2 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 3 Hat-tricks
    • 1.33 Goal Ratio
  • 4 Assists
  • 12 Apps
    • 1108 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 69 Mins

Other Cups (Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 9 Apps
    • 870 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 97 Mins
  • 6 Assists
  • 9 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 1.00 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 0 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio
  • 0 Assists
  • 0 Apps
    • 0 Minutes Played
    • A goal every / Mins

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Messi Goals Breakdown All Competitions

  • 37 Left Foot Goals
  • 3 Right Foot Goals
  • 1 Headed Goals

  • 0.84 Goal Ratio
  • 4229 Minutes Played
  • A goal every 103 Mins

  • 3 Hat-Tricks
  • 4 Penalties (4 Missed)
  • 7 Free Kicks
  • 28 Inside the Box
  • 2 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

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Ronaldo Goals Breakdown All Competitions

  • 10 Left Foot Goals
  • 32 Right Foot Goals
  • 9 Headed Goals

  • 1.06 Goal Ratio
  • 4348 Minutes Played
  • A goal every 85 Mins

  • 6 Hat-Tricks
  • 8 Penalties (3 Missed)
  • 3 Free Kicks
  • 36 Inside the Box
  • 4 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

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Messi Goals Breakdown La Liga

  • 23 Left Foot Goals
  • 2 Right Foot Goals
  • 1 Headed Goals

  • 0.79 Goal Ratio
  • 2729 Minutes Played
  • A goal every 105 Mins

  • 2 Hat-Tricks
  • 3 Penalties (4 Missed)
  • 4 Free Kicks
  • 17 Inside the Box
  • 2 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

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Ronaldo Goals Breakdown La Liga

  • 8 Left Foot Goals
  • 21 Right Foot Goals
  • 6 Headed Goals

  • 0.97 Goal Ratio
  • 3240 Minutes Played
  • A goal every 93 Mins

  • 3 Hat-Tricks
  • 6 Penalties (3 Missed)
  • 1 Free Kicks
  • 24 Inside the Box
  • 4 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

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Messi Goals Breakdown Champions League

  • 5 Left Foot Goals
  • 1 Right Foot Goals
  • 0 Headed Goals

  • 0.86 Goal Ratio
  • 630 Minutes Played
  • A goal every 105 Mins

  • 0 Hat-Tricks
  • 1 Penalties (0 Missed)
  • 0 Free Kicks
  • 5 Inside the Box
  • 0 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

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Ronaldo Goals Breakdown Champions League

  • 2 Left Foot Goals
  • 11 Right Foot Goals
  • 3 Headed Goals

  • 1.33 Goal Ratio
  • 1108 Minutes Played
  • A goal every 69 Mins

  • 3 Hat-Tricks
  • 2 Penalties (0 Missed)
  • 2 Free Kicks
  • 12 Inside the Box
  • 0 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

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Messi Goals Breakdown Other Cups

  • 9 Left Foot Goals
  • 0 Right Foot Goals
  • 0 Headed Goals

  • 1.00 Goal Ratio
  • 870 Minutes Played
  • A goal every 97 Mins

  • 1 Hat-Tricks
  • 0 Penalties (0 Missed)
  • 3 Free Kicks
  • 6 Inside the Box
  • 0 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

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Ronaldo Goals Breakdown Other Cups

  • 0 Left Foot Goals
  • 0 Right Foot Goals
  • 0 Headed Goals

  • 0.00 Goal Ratio
  • 0 Minutes Played
  • A goal every / Mins

  • 0 Hat-Tricks
  • 0 Penalties (0 Missed)
  • 0 Free Kicks
  • 0 Inside the Box
  • 0 Outside the Box

Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total.

2014/2015

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 57 Apps
    • 5060 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 87 Mins
  • 27 Assists
  • 58 Goals
    • 6 Penalties (3 missed)
    • 6 Hat-tricks
    • 1.02 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 61 Goals
    • 13 Penalties (3 missed)
    • 8 Hat-tricks
    • 1.13 Goal Ratio
  • 21 Assists
  • 54 Apps
    • 4689 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 77 Mins

La Liga

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 38 Apps
    • 3374 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 78 Mins
  • 18 Assists
  • 43 Goals
    • 5 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 5 Hat-tricks
    • 1.13 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 48 Goals
    • 10 Penalties (2 missed)
    • 8 Hat-tricks
    • 1.37 Goal Ratio
  • 16 Assists
  • 35 Apps
    • 3147 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 66 Mins

Champions League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 13 Apps
    • 1146 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 115 Mins
  • 5 Assists
  • 10 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 0.77 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 10 Goals
    • 3 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.83 Goal Ratio
  • 3 Assists
  • 12 Apps
    • 1065 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 107 Mins

Other Cups (Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 6 Apps
    • 540 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 108 Mins
  • 4 Assists
  • 5 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.83 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 3 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.43 Goal Ratio
  • 2 Assists
  • 7 Apps
    • 477 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 159 Mins

2013/2014

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 46 Apps
    • 3896 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 95 Mins
  • 14 Assists
  • 41 Goals
    • 8 Penalties (2 missed)
    • 4 Hat-tricks
    • 0.89 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 51 Goals
    • 10 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 3 Hat-tricks
    • 1.09 Goal Ratio
  • 14 Assists
  • 47 Apps
    • 4210 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 83 Mins

La Liga

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 31 Apps
    • 2613 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 93 Mins
  • 11 Assists
  • 28 Goals
    • 6 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 3 Hat-tricks
    • 0.90 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 31 Goals
    • 6 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 2 Hat-tricks
    • 1.03 Goal Ratio
  • 9 Assists
  • 30 Apps
    • 2655 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 86 Mins

Champions League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 7 Apps
    • 658 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 82 Mins
  • 0 Assists
  • 8 Goals
    • 2 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 1.14 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 17 Goals
    • 2 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 1.55 Goal Ratio
  • 4 Assists
  • 11 Apps
    • 1045 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 61 Mins

Other Cups (Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 8 Apps
    • 625 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 125 Mins
  • 3 Assists
  • 5 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.63 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 3 Goals
    • 2 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.50 Goal Ratio
  • 1 Assists
  • 6 Apps
    • 510 Minutes Played
    • A goal every 170 Mins

2012/2013

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 50 Apps
  • 15 Assists
  • 60 Goals
    • 5 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 2 Hat-tricks
    • 1.20 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 55 Goals
    • 7 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 5 Hat-tricks
    • 1.00 Goal Ratio
  • 12 Assists
  • 55 Apps

La Liga

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 32 Apps
  • 12 Assists
  • 46 Goals
    • 4 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 2 Hat-tricks
    • 1.44 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 34 Goals
    • 6 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 3 Hat-tricks
    • 1.00 Goal Ratio
  • 10 Assists
  • 34 Apps

Champions League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 11 Apps
  • 2 Assists
  • 8 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.73 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 12 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 1.00 Goal Ratio
  • 1 Assists
  • 12 Apps

Other Cups (Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 7 Apps
  • 1 Assists
  • 6 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.86 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 9 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 1.00 Goal Ratio
  • 1 Assists
  • 9 Apps

2011/2012

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 60 Apps
  • 29 Assists
  • 73 Goals
    • 14 Penalties (3 missed)
    • 10 Hat-tricks
    • 1.22 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 60 Goals
    • 14 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 7 Hat-tricks
    • 1.09 Goal Ratio
  • 15 Assists
  • 55 Apps

La Liga

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 37 Apps
  • 16 Assists
  • 50 Goals
    • 10 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 8 Hat-tricks
    • 1.35 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 46 Goals
    • 12 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 7 Hat-tricks
    • 1.21 Goal Ratio
  • 12 Assists
  • 38 Apps

Champions League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 11 Apps
  • 5 Assists
  • 14 Goals
    • 4 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 2 Hat-tricks
    • 1.27 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 10 Goals
    • 2 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 1.00 Goal Ratio
  • 3 Assists
  • 10 Apps

Other Cups (Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 12 Apps
  • 8 Assists
  • 9 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.75 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 4 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.57 Goal Ratio
  • 0 Assists
  • 7 Apps

2010/2011

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 55 Apps
  • 23 Assists
  • 53 Goals
    • 5 Penalties (2 missed)
    • 4 Hat-tricks
    • 0.96 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 53 Goals
    • 9 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 7 Hat-tricks
    • 0.98 Goal Ratio
  • 15 Assists
  • 54 Apps

La Liga

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 33 Apps
  • 18 Assists
  • 31 Goals
    • 4 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 2 Hat-tricks
    • 0.94 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 40 Goals
    • 8 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 6 Hat-tricks
    • 1.18 Goal Ratio
  • 10 Assists
  • 34 Apps

Champions League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 13 Apps
  • 3 Assists
  • 12 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.92 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 6 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.50 Goal Ratio
  • 4 Assists
  • 12 Apps

Other Cups (Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 9 Apps
  • 2 Assists
  • 10 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 2 Hat-tricks
    • 1.11 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 7 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 0.88 Goal Ratio
  • 1 Assists
  • 8 Apps

2009/2010

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 53 Apps
  • 11 Assists
  • 47 Goals
    • 2 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 4 Hat-tricks
    • 0.89 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 33 Goals
    • 4 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 0.94 Goal Ratio
  • 7 Assists
  • 35 Apps

La Liga

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 35 Apps
  • 10 Assists
  • 34 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 3 Hat-tricks
    • 0.97 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 26 Goals
    • 4 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 0.90 Goal Ratio
  • 7 Assists
  • 29 Apps

Champions League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 11 Apps
  • 0 Assists
  • 8 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 0.73 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 7 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 1.17 Goal Ratio
  • 0 Assists
  • 6 Apps

Other Cups (Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 7 Apps
  • 1 Assists
  • 5 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.71 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 0 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio
  • 0 Assists
  • 0 Apps

The following Ronaldo stats are from his Manchester United days

2008/2009

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 51 Apps
  • 17 Assists
  • 38 Goals
    • 4 Penalties (2 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 0.75 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 26 Goals
    • 5 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.49 Goal Ratio
  • 9 Assists
  • 53 Apps

League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 31 Apps
  • 11 Assists
  • 23 Goals
    • 3 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.74 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 18 Goals
    • 4 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.55 Goal Ratio
  • 6 Assists
  • 33 Apps

Champions League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 12 Apps
  • 5 Assists
  • 9 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.75 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 4 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.33 Goal Ratio
  • 2 Assists
  • 12 Apps

Other Cups

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 8 Apps
  • 1 Assists
  • 6 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 0.75 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 4 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.50 Goal Ratio
  • 1 Assists
  • 8 Apps

2007/2008

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 40 Apps
  • 13 Assists
  • 16 Goals
    • 5 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.40 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 42 Goals
    • 6 Penalties (2 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 0.86 Goal Ratio
  • 7 Assists
  • 49 Apps

League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 28 Apps
  • 12 Assists
  • 10 Goals
    • 4 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.36 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 31 Goals
    • 4 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 0.91 Goal Ratio
  • 6 Assists
  • 34 Apps

Champions League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 9 Apps
  • 1 Assists
  • 6 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.67 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 8 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.73 Goal Ratio
  • 1 Assists
  • 11 Apps

Other Cups

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 3 Apps
  • 0 Assists
  • 0 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 3 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.75 Goal Ratio
  • 0 Assists
  • 4 Apps

2006/2007

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 36 Apps
  • 3 Assists
  • 17 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 0.47 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 23 Goals
    • 5 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.43 Goal Ratio
  • 15 Assists
  • 53 Apps

League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 26 Apps
  • 2 Assists
  • 14 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 1 Hat-tricks
    • 0.54 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 17 Goals
    • 3 Penalties (1 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.50 Goal Ratio
  • 9 Assists
  • 34 Apps

Champions League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 5 Apps
  • 0 Assists
  • 1 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.20 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 3 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.27 Goal Ratio
  • 5 Assists
  • 11 Apps

Other Cups

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 5 Apps
  • 1 Assists
  • 2 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.40 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 3 Goals
    • 2 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.38 Goal Ratio
  • 1 Assists
  • 8 Apps

2005/2006

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 25 Apps
  • 3 Assists
  • 8 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.32 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 12 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.26 Goal Ratio
  • 8 Assists
  • 47 Apps

League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 17 Apps
  • 0 Assists
  • 6 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.35 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 9 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.27 Goal Ratio
  • 6 Assists
  • 33 Apps

Champions League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 6 Apps
  • 1 Assists
  • 1 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.17 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 1 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.13 Goal Ratio
  • 1 Assists
  • 8 Apps

Other Cups

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 2 Apps
  • 2 Assists
  • 1 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.50 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 2 Goals
    • 1 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.33 Goal Ratio
  • 1 Assists
  • 6 Apps

2004/2005

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 9 Apps
  • 0 Assists
  • 1 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.11 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 9 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.18 Goal Ratio
  • 8 Assists
  • 50 Apps

League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 7 Apps
  • 0 Assists
  • 1 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.14 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 5 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.15 Goal Ratio
  • 3 Assists
  • 33 Apps

Champions League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 1 Apps
  • 0 Assists
  • 0 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 0 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio
  • 2 Assists
  • 8 Apps

Other Cups

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 1 Apps
  • 0 Assists
  • 0 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 4 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.44 Goal Ratio
  • 3 Assists
  • 9 Apps

2003/2004

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • / Apps
  • / Assists
  • / Goals
    • / Penalties (0 missed)
    • / Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 6 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.15 Goal Ratio
  • 7 Assists
  • 40 Apps

League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • / Apps
  • / Assists
  • / Goals
    • / Penalties (0 missed)
    • / Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 4 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.14 Goal Ratio
  • 4 Assists
  • 29 Apps

Champions League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • / Apps
  • / Assists
  • / Goals
    • / Penalties (0 missed)
    • / Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 0 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio
  • 0 Assists
  • 5 Apps

Other Cups

Lionel Messi Stats

  • / Apps
  • / Assists
  • / Goals
    • / Penalties (0 missed)
    • / Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 2 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.33 Goal Ratio
  • 3 Assists
  • 6 Apps

The following Ronaldo stats are from his season with Sporting CP

2002/2003

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • / Apps
  • / Assists
  • / Goals
    • / Penalties (0 missed)
    • / Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 5 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.16 Goal Ratio
  • 7 Assists
  • 31 Apps

League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • / Apps
  • / Assists
  • / Goals
    • / Penalties (0 missed)
    • / Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 3 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.12 Goal Ratio
  • 6 Assists
  • 25 Apps

Europe

Lionel Messi Stats

  • / Apps
  • / Assists
  • / Goals
    • / Penalties (0 missed)
    • / Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 0 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio
  • 1 Assists
  • 3 Apps

Other Cups

Lionel Messi Stats

  • / Apps
  • / Assists
  • / Goals
    • / Penalties (0 missed)
    • / Hat-tricks
    • 0.00 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 2 Goals
    • 0 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 0 Hat-tricks
    • 0.67 Goal Ratio
  • 0 Assists
  • 3 Apps

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Totals since Ronaldo's move to Real Madrid

All Competitions (excluding country)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 378 Apps
  • 147 Assists
  • 381 Goals
    • 45 Penalties (14 missed)
    • 34 Hat-tricks
    • 1.01 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 367 Goals
    • 65 Penalties (10 missed)
    • 37 Hat-tricks
    • 1.04 Goal Ratio
  • 99 Assists
  • 353 Apps

La Liga

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 244 Apps
  • 103 Assists
  • 262 Goals
    • 34 Penalties (7 missed)
    • 25 Hat-tricks
    • 1.07 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 261 Goals
    • 52 Penalties (8 missed)
    • 30 Hat-tricks
    • 1.09 Goal Ratio
  • 75 Assists
  • 239 Apps

Champions League

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 74 Apps
  • 17 Assists
  • 69 Goals
    • 8 Penalties (3 missed)
    • 6 Hat-tricks
    • 0.93 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 80 Goals
    • 10 Penalties (2 missed)
    • 5 Hat-tricks
    • 1.04 Goal Ratio
  • 19 Assists
  • 77 Apps

Other Cups (Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup)

Lionel Messi Stats

  • 60 Apps
  • 27 Assists
  • 50 Goals
    • 3 Penalties (4 missed)
    • 3 Hat-tricks
    • 0.83 Goal Ratio

Cristiano Ronaldo Stats

  • 26 Goals
    • 3 Penalties (0 missed)
    • 2 Hat-tricks
    • 0.70 Goal Ratio
  • 5 Assists
  • 37 Apps

LM10 Honours CR7

2016/2017

Lionel Messi Honours

  • Spanish Super CupSpanish Super Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo Honours

  • UEFA Super CupUEFA Super Cup

2015/2016

Lionel Messi Honours

  • Ballon d'OrBallon d'Or
  • UEFA Super CupUEFA Super Cup
  • World Club CupClub World Cup
  • Copa Del ReyCopa Del Rey
  • La LigaLa Liga

Cristiano Ronaldo Honours

  • Champions LeagueChampions League
  • European ChampionshipEuropean Championship

2014/2015

Lionel Messi Honours

  • Copa Del ReyCopa Del Rey
  • La LigaLa Liga
  • Champions LeagueChampions League

Cristiano Ronaldo Honours

  • Ballon d'OrBallon d'Or
  • European Golden ShoeEuropean Golden Shoe
  • UEFA Super CupUEFA Super Cup
  • World Club CupClub World Cup

2013/2014

Lionel Messi Honours

  • Spanish Super CupSpanish Super Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo Honours

  • Ballon d'OrBallon d'Or
  • European Golden ShoeEuropean Golden Shoe
  • Copa Del ReyCopa Del Rey
  • Champions LeagueChampions League

2012/2013

Lionel Messi Honours

  • Ballon d'OrBallon d'Or
  • European Golden ShoeEuropean Golden Shoe
  • La LigaLa Liga

Cristiano Ronaldo Honours

  • Spanish Super CupSpanish Super Cup

2011/2012

Lionel Messi Honours

  • Ballon d'OrBallon d'Or
  • European Golden ShoeEuropean Golden Shoe
  • UEFA Super CupUEFA Super Cup
  • World Club CupClub World Cup
  • Spanish Super CupSpanish Super Cup
  • Copa Del ReyCopa Del Rey

Cristiano Ronaldo Honours

  • La LigaLa Liga

2010/2011

Lionel Messi Honours

  • Ballon d'OrBallon d'Or
  • Spanish Super CupSpanish Super Cup
  • La LigaLa Liga
  • Champions LeagueChampions League

Cristiano Ronaldo Honours

  • European Golden ShoeEuropean Golden Shoe
  • Copa Del ReyCopa Del Rey

2009/2010

Lionel Messi Honours

  • Ballon d'OrBallon d'Or
  • European Golden ShoeEuropean Golden Shoe
  • UEFA Super CupUEFA Super Cup
  • World Club CupClub World Cup
  • Spanish Super CupSpanish Super Cup
  • La LigaLa Liga

Cristiano Ronaldo Honours

  • No honours this year
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2008/2009

Lionel Messi Honours

  • Copa Del ReyCopa Del Rey
  • La LigaLa Liga
  • Champions LeagueChampions League

Cristiano Ronaldo Honours

  • Ballon d'OrBallon d'Or
  • World Club CupClub World Cup
  • Community ShieldCommunity Shield
  • League CupLeague Cup
  • Premier LeaguePremier League

2007/2008

Lionel Messi Honours

  • No honours this year

Cristiano Ronaldo Honours

  • European Golden ShoeEuropean Golden Shoe
  • Community ShieldCommunity Shield
  • Premier LeaguePremier League
  • Champions LeagueChampions League

2006/2007

Lionel Messi Honours

  • Spanish Super CupSpanish Super Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo Honours

  • Premier LeaguePremier League

2005/2006

Lionel Messi Honours

  • Spanish Super CupSpanish Super Cup
  • La LigaLa Liga
  • Champions LeagueChampions League

Cristiano Ronaldo Honours

  • League CupLeague Cup

2004/2005

Lionel Messi Honours

  • La LigaLa Liga

Cristiano Ronaldo Honours

  • No honours this year

2003/2004

Lionel Messi Honours

  • No honours this year

Cristiano Ronaldo Honours

  • FA CupFA Cup

Lionel Messi Personal Achievements

  • 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or
  • 2014/15 UEFA Best Player
  • 2014/15 UEFA Best Goal (2nd against Munich in Champions League semi)
  • 2014/15 Champions League Top Scorer
  • 2014/15 La Liga Best Player
  • 2014 2nd at FIFA Ballon d'Or
  • 2014 World Cup Golden Ball
  • 2013 2nd at FIFA Ballon d'Or
  • 2012/13 European Golden Shoe
  • 2012/13 Pichichi (League Top Scorer)
  • 2012/13 La Liga Best Player
  • 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or
  • 2011/12 European Golden Shoe
  • 2011/12 Champions League Top Scorer
  • 2011/12 Pichichi (League Top Scorer)
  • 2011/12 La Liga Best Player
  • 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or
  • 2010/11 UEFA Best Player
  • 2010/11 Champions League Top Scorer
  • 2010/11 La Liga Best Player
  • 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or (World Player of the year as of 2010)
  • 2009/10 European Golden Shoe
  • 2009/10 Champions League Top Scorer
  • 2009/10 Pichichi (League Top Scorer)
  • 2009/10 La Liga Best Player
  • 2009 FIFA World Player (now Ballon d'Or)
  • 2009 Ballon d'Or (then awarded to European player)
  • 2008/09 Champions League Top Scorer
  • 2008/09 La Liga Best Player
  • 2008 FIFPro Young Player of the Year
  • 2008 2nd at FIFA World Player (now FIFA Ballon d'Or)
  • 2007 2nd at FIFA World Player (now FIFA Ballon d'Or)
  • 2007 FIFPro Young Player of the Year
  • 2006 FIFPro Young Player of the Year

Cristiano Ronaldo Personal Achievements

  • 2015/16 UEFA Best Player
  • 2015/16 Champions League Top Scorer
  • 2015 2nd at FIFA Ballon d'Or
  • 2014/2015 Pichichi (League Top Scorer)
  • 2014/2015 European Golden Shoe
  • 2014/2015 Champions League Top Scorer
  • 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or
  • 2013/2014 Pichichi (League Top Scorer)
  • 2013/2014 European Golden Shoe
  • 2013/2014 Champions League Top Scorer
  • 2013/14 UEFA Best Player
  • 2013/14 La Liga Best Player
  • 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or
  • 2012/2013 Champions League Top Scorer
  • 2012 2nd at FIFA Ballon d'Or
  • 2011 2nd at FIFA Ballon d'Or
  • 2010/2011 Pichichi (League Top Scorer)
  • 2010/2011 European Golden Shoe
  • 2009 2nd at FIFA World Player (now FIFA Ballon d'Or)
  • 2009 FIFA Puskás Award Champions League Quarter Final vs Porto
  • 2008 Ballon d'Or (then awarded to best European player)
  • 2008 FIFA World Player (now FIFA Ballon d'Or)
  • 2007/2008 European Golden Shoe
  • 2007/2008 Premier League Golden Boot
  • 2007/2008 Champions League Top Scorer
  • 2007/2008 Premier League Player of the Year
  • 2007 3rd at FIFA World Player (now FIFA Ballon d'Or)
  • 2006/2007 Premier League Player of the Year

LM10 Abilities & Ratings CR7

Goalscoring

Lionel Messi Goalscoring

It seems as if Lionel Messi breaks a goalscoring record every other week, such is his mindblowing knack for finding the back of the net. He became Barcelona's all time leading scorer at the age of 24, broke Gerd Muller's 39 year old record for the most goals scored in a single season (73), and is the all time leading scorer in La Liga.

He is simply one of the greatest goalscorers of all time and will no doubt set even more practically unbreakable records throughout his career.

10/10

Cristiano Ronaldo Goalscoring

Remarkably, Ronaldo matches Messi's ability to find the back of the net and can also be considered as one of the greatest goalscorers of all time.

In fact, Ronaldo finished ahead of his rival in the scoring charts for the third season running, notching over 50 goals in all competitions for the 6th time in his career! He also has a better goalscoring ratio in La Liga since arriving in 2009, with an astonishing 260 goals in just 236 league appearances for Real Madrid (1.10 ratio).

10/10

Heading

Lionel Messi Heading

Heading is one of the few aspects of Messi's game that cannot be considered a world class attribute; not surprising considering his lack of height and Barcelona's style of play.

He is far from poor with his head though and chances are he will punish you if he's presented with a decent heading opportunity. Many will remember he famously headed his team into a 2 goal lead against Man Utd in the 2009 Champions League final.

6/10

Cristiano Ronaldo Heading

For someone with such elegant skills and technique on the ground, Ronaldo can leap and power his head through the ball like a tough, towering centre back, with many of his countless goals coming via his head.

In 2015/16, Ronaldo headed home 9 of the 51 goals he scored in all competitions.

9/10

Dribbling

Lionel Messi Dribbling

Messi is simply one of, if not the best dribbler of all time. His speed of thought together with his lightning quick feet enable his extraordinary ability to enter a crowd of players and come out the other side with the ball seemingly glued to his feet.

His small build and subsequent low centre of gravity allow him to travel almost as fast with the ball as he does without it, and it is probably this quality above all others that make Lionel Messi so enjoyable to watch.

10/10

Cristiano Ronaldo Dribbling

Ronaldo is also an excellent dribbler, although this was more evident in years gone by when he would function as an out-and-out winger whose aim was to run at and terrorise defenders; a role which he absolutely excelled in.

More recently his game has adapted to more of a centre forward role, who expertly finishes moves rather than starts them. That is not to say he is not still capable of running at defenders and leaving them for dead; he most certainly is.

Ronaldo's dribbling could perhaps be summarised as explosive, whereas Messi's could maybe be described as more intricate.

8/10

Passing

Lionel Messi Passing

Messi's passing ability can be somewhat overlooked at times as people prefer to focus on his goals and dribbling; however, his vision and execution when searching for a team mate is up there with the very best who have played the game, past or present.

After moving deeper and wider last season, Messi enhanced the creative element of his game, allowing the sheer brilliance and precision of his passing to shine through. His assist numbers and through ball stats continue to surpass all others.

Messi created 74 chances in La Liga last season and recorded an impressive passing accuracy of 82%.

10/10

Cristiano Ronaldo Passing

It would be somewhat unfair to directly compare Ronaldo's passing ability to Messi's, as their team's style of play differs so much. Barcelona have been built on a philosophy of intricate passing football, whereas Real Madrid are all about fast-paced and explosive attacking football.

Ronaldo is still strong in this category however, creating 50 chances in La Liga last season and recording a passing accuracy of 79%.

It is the vision where Ronaldo perhaps falls short of his rival here.

8/10

Free Kicks

Lionel Messi Free Kicks

Messi's vision and creativity with a dead ball are what set him apart from most free kick specialists. His ability to identify a spot and a route to that spot that eludes all opposing players in his way is simply pure class.

He perhaps lacks the force that Ronaldo can get behind a dead ball, but it's the finesse that makes his free kicks special.

He had his best ever season in terms of free kicks in 2015/16, netting 9 for club and country in total, more than anyone else in the world!

9/10

Cristiano Ronaldo Free Kicks

Ronaldo's combination of sheer power and ability to make a ball move in all manner of directions place him amongst the most feared dead ball specialists. Few can match the pure theatre created as CR7 takes his trademark stance over a dead ball.

However, such is the power he attempts to pile into his free kick attempts, a large percentage often strike the wall, which has been an evident source of frustration for Ronaldo in recent seasons. Nevertheless, he did find the net 3 times from free kicks for club and country in 2015/2016.

8/10

Penalties

Lionel Messi Penalties

Messi's penalty record has suffered serious setbacks over the last couple of years. In the last 2 seasons for Barcelona, he has scored 10 and missed 7; although 1 of these "misses" was the clever assist he provided from the spot for Suarez to knock in.

Despite that, this record is very much below average for a player of Messi's ilk, and for a player who is considered the club penalty taker.

Messi also missed in a penalty shootout in heartbreaking circumstances for Argentina, as they lost the Copa America final to Chile for the 2nd year running.

6/10

Cristiano Ronaldo Penalties

Ronaldo's penalty record took a pretty substantial hit last season, missing an unusually high number of 5 penalties for club and country.

Generally, his career penalty record is very solid, but these recent setbacks have seen him share a rare negative record with Lionel Messi for missing the most number of penalties in La Liga (8 each as of the end of 2015/16).

9/10

Physicality

Lionel Messi Physicality

At 5 foot 7 inches, Messi isn't the tallest of footballers and in his younger days, was in real danger of being overlooked (quite literally) due to his slight build and lack of physical prowess.

Luckily (for him and for us), his breathtaking, natural talent shone through. And his size can be quite deceptive! He is perfectly capable of holding his own against his larger opponents and can pack some serious power behind his shots.

7/10

Cristiano Ronaldo Physicality

Physically, Ronaldo is as close to perfection as it gets for the modern day footballer. At 6 foot 2, he's got the height and with the help of his impeccable physique, he has the strength of an ox.

Where Messi has the edge with skill, technique and vision, Ronaldo makes up for with strength, speed and power.

10/10

Team Play

Lionel Messi Team Play

For someone with so much skill and so many solo goals to his name, Messi has a remarkable reputation as a team player and is very rarely accused of holding onto the ball longer than he should have done. His scoring record is obviously closely matched by Ronaldo, but it's the assists count that shows a clear gap in Messi's favour.

In the last couple of seasons, Messi's link up play with Neymar and Suarez has reached new heights as they all seem to settle on exactly the same wavelength. We also saw his unselfish side come into play as he would often pass up on a decent scoring opportunity to gift a team mate an easier chance, or hand them the chance to take a penalty.

9/10

Cristiano Ronaldo Team Play

In contrast to Messi, Ronaldo has often been the subject of frustration for both fans and team-mates, often guilty of trying to do too much on his own when using a team mate might have been a better option. He has also been guilty of very evidently showing frustration when a team mate had scored instead of him.

Despite this issue, you cannot ignore the fact that Ronaldo's assist record is a very healthy one, although someway short of Messi.

7/10

Discipline

Lionel Messi Discipline

Unsurprisingly, due to his lightning quick feet and skill, Messi is hacked at and kicked countless times in almost every game, but where some players would go down, Messi usually does everything he can to stay on his feet and continue the attack.

He is of course no saint and can show petulance and frustration at times, but in general, this behaviour is usually seen as the exception rather than the norm for Messi.

Messi came out of the 2015/16 season with 3 yellow cards to his name in La Liga.

9/10

Cristiano Ronaldo Discipline

Ronaldo has often received criticism for this part of his game, being accused of going down too easily or feigning injury to the benefit of his team.

One might argue that it is his undeniable passion for the game and will to win that sometimes gets the better of him when decisions do not go his way.

Ronaldo finished the 2015/16 season with 3 yellow cards in La Liga; an improvement on recent seasons.

7/10

Conclusion

Lionel Messi Conclusion

The final scores highlight just how close the battle is between these 2 players and just how lucky we are to have them both playing in one generation.

Messi dropped points mainly due to his physical limitations in areas such as heading, strength and power, but he topped his opponent on technique on the ball, his outstanding vision, as well as his effectiveness on the rest of the team.

It is these latter points that Messi fans would claim give hime the edge over his rival, whose game is now very much centred around goal scoring.

76/90

Cristiano Ronaldo Conclusion

There is no doubting that since Ronaldo's move to Spain, the gap has grown ever smaller between these two superstars and now - certainly in terms of goals at least - there is a great case for claiming the 2 players are now on a par, or perhaps, that Ronaldo has even overtaken the Argentinian. Ronaldo has subsequently won 2 of the last 3 Ballon d'Or awards, and despite losing out last year, is favourite to regain the coveted prize this year after helping his country to Euro 2016 glory.

Whatever your stance, there is little doubt that these 2 players are light years ahead of anybody else playing the game today, and will surely go down as 2 of football's all time greatest ever players.

76/90

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