Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo

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In football conversations usually arises the discussion over who is better… if Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. Any Google search yields hundreds of results on “Messi vs Ronaldo” or “Cristiano Ronaldo vs Messi”. Assuming that we will always make a subjective analysis, based on our personal preferences, I have made this comparison, as a statistic, rigorous and totally objective analysis, in which I will confront their individual and collective achievements. I have incorporated an aspect that many people apply: the comparison of the two while Cristiano Ronaldo played for Real Madrid (2009 to 2018).



Messi vs Cristiano in their entire careers


How do they score?

Parts of the body

The two goals that Messi has scored with other parts of the body were with his hand vs Espanyol on June 9, 2007 in La Liga, and with his chest in 2009 Mundialito final against Estudiantes de La Plata.

Messi’s goal with the hand | Messi’s goal with the chest



Apart from these more conventional goals, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal with his elbow against Athletic Bilbao in the 2014/2015 season. The other “unusual” goal by Cristiano Ronaldo was scored (literally) with his dick, as pointed out by the user Kaos88 in the spanish comments on this page.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal with the elbow | Cristiano Ronaldo with the dick



Goal types: Open play, free kick, penalty…

If we analyze the type of goal they use to score, we get the following:



Home? Away? Where do they score?

According to the place where they score, they have almost the same data.



Messi vs Cristiano only clubs


Data from clubs in detail

All club competition













National supercups





Champions League









European Supercup



Club World Cup



Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo while CR7 played for Real Madrid

When Cristiano arrived to La Liga, the duel between both player became amazing.

Period 2009-2018 in detail

FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid – “El Clásico”

During the period Cristiano Ronaldo played in Real Madrid, Leo Messi and him faced in 30 Clásicos. el FC Barcelona won 14, Real Madrid 8 and there were 8 draws.

Leo Messi scored 20 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo 18, and gave 10 assists more than the portuguese (11-1).

These 30 games played, include 7 knockout phases:

Cristiano Ronaldo defeated Leo Messi in the Spanish Cup 2010/2011, Spanish Supercup 2012/2013, Spanish Cup semifinals 2012/2013 and Spanish Supercup 2017.

Leo Messi defeated Cristiano Ronaldo in Champions League semifinals, Spanish Supercopa 2011/2012 and Copa del Rey Quarterfinals 2011/2012.



La Liga



Copa del Rey



Spanish Supercup



Champions League

Observing only the data of the Champions League while Cristiano played for Real Madrid we can see that this is undoubtedly the favorite competition of the Portuguese.



European Supercup



Clubs World Cup



Messi vs Cristiano only with their national teams



National teams info in detail

World Cups

Messi vs Cristiano in World Cups



Other International Competitions

Messi vs Cristiano in Copa América / European Championship



Messi vs Cristiano in Confederations Cup



“El Clásico”: Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona







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