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
2008/09 UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
2008/09 UEFA Best Forward
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
2017 The Best FIFA Men's Player
2016/2017 UEFA Best Player
2016/2017 UEFA Best Forward
2016/2017 Champions League Top Scorer
2016 The Best FIFA Men's Player
2016 Ballon d'Or
2015/2016 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
2007/2008 UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
2007/2008 UEFA Best Forward
2007 3rd at FIFA World Player (now FIFA Ballon d'Or)
2006/2007 Premier League Player of the Year
LM10 Abilities & Ratings CR7
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 also broke Gerd Muller's 40 year old record for most goals in a calendar year, scoring a staggering 91 goals in 69 games for club and country in 2012.
He is simply one of the greatest goalscorers of all time and will no doubt set even more practically unbreakable records throughout his career.
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 actually has a slightly better goalscoring ratio than Messi since arriving at Real Madrid in 2009, with an astonishing 406 goals in just 394 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid as of the end of the 2016/17 season (a ratio of 1.03 goals per game compared to Messi's 1.01 over the same period).
Since adapting his game to a more focused centre-forward role, Ronaldo has also raced ahead of his rival in the all time European Cup scoring charts too, despite Messi being the first to break Raul's previous Champions League goals record.
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.
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 2016/17, Ronaldo headed home 8 of the 42 goals he scored in all competitions.
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.
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.
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 in the 15/16 season, Messi enhanced the creative element of his game, allowing the sheer brilliance and precision of his passing to shine through. His chance creation and through ball stats continue to impress, creating 78 chances in La Liga last season (2016/17).
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, recording a passing accuracy of 80% last season (2016/17).
It is the vision where Ronaldo perhaps falls short of his rival here, creating 30 chances in La Liga last season to Messi's 78.
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! He then followed that up with 5 free kick goals in 2016/17, including 3 in one week in January 2017!
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.
After a big drop in his free-kick conversion for a prolonged spell at Madrid, Ronaldo has recently picked up again on this front, scoring 3 free kick goals for club and country in 2015/16, and another 4 in 2016/17.
Messi went through a couple of years of pure turmoil from the spot, scoring just 10 of 17 penalties for Barcelona over the 14/15 and 15/16 seasons (although one of these "misses" was the clever assist he provided from the spot for Suarez to knock in).
He seemed to have regained some composure in these situations during the 2016/17 season however, scoring 10 out of 11 penalties for club and country; a significant improvement on previous seasons.
His overall penalty record still doesn't come near to Ronaldo's though, with a career conversion rate of 78.7% (74 scored, 20 missed) as of the end of the 2016/17 season, compared to Ronaldo's 82.6% (95 scored, 20 missed).
Cristiano Ronaldo Penalties
Ronaldo's penalty record has been a little less solid over the past couple of seasons, scoring just 8 out of 13 for club and country in 2015/16, and 9 out of 12 in 2016/17.
These recent setbacks have actually seen him pick up a rare negative record for missing the most number of penalties in La Liga (10 as of the end of 2016/17 to Messi's 9).
Despite this, his overall record as a penalty taker cannot be argued with, having converted an impressive 95 out of 115 penalties in his career (as of the end of 2016/17), a conversion rate far superior to Messi's.
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.
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 intricate skill and vision, Ronaldo makes up for with strength, speed and power.
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.
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 seen to show frustration when a team mate has 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's.
Additionally, in the 2016/17 season - when he finally captured that elusive 2nd La Liga title - he put the team before his own personal goals, being happy to sit out games during the crucial, jam-packed run-in period, instead of trying to chase down the golden boot.
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.
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.
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 him the edge over his rival, whose game is now very much centred around goal scoring.
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 been crowned the best player in the world in 3 of the last 4 years (as of January 2017), and is favourite to win the awards once again, which would put him equal with Lionel Messi on 5 Ballon d'Or trophies; a truly staggering achievement.
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.