Messi vs Cristiano – Individual awards

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been awarded his fourth Ballon d’Or. He is the only active player with 4 golden balls, only surpassed by Leo Messi with 5.

  • No player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or since 2008.
  • Since 2007, Leo Messi has won 5 Golden Balls, 4 Silver Balls and 1 Bronze Ball.
  • Since 2007, Cristiano Ronaldo has won 4 Golden Balls and 5 Silver Balls.
  • Kaka was the last player to win the Golden Ball before the Messi-Ronaldo era started.

In addition, he has also been awarded the “The Best FIFA”, which replaces the “FIFA World Player”.

In this section we compare the individual achievements of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, to see which one was most successful throughout his career.

Messi vs Cristiano: Achievements, golden ball, golden shoe...

In the table we can see that Messi surpasses Cristiano in Golden Balls, World Cup Golden Ball and Young Player of the Year awards (Golden Boy / Bravo).

Cristiano Ronaldo has more Champions League top scorer awards.

Both have won a FIFA World Player and three Onze d’Or.

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the only “The Best FIFA” award to date.

We have compared the major individual awards you can receive a professional footballer. If you think there is a prestigious award that does not appear in this table, you can suggest it in the comments.

177 Responses

  1. AYSER AL-MOSAWY 8 de April de 2018 / 22:58

    Phenomenal Messi is an absolute footballer… his goals ratio clearly shows the difference + assists . No means comparison can create a rival, it should be apple to apple.

    • a 19 de June de 2018 / 14:57

      dafuc do you know bro. with that comment you show that you know nothing about football 🙂 go watch cricket

      • Edah Tsolaye 20 de September de 2018 / 08:23

        You’re the one that knows nothing about football 😆😆because the person with the fastest goal ratio must be a genius and that is Messi

    • Charlene 26 de June de 2018 / 19:10

      I don’t think you are correct CR is the better player at least in the game ‘s I have watched including one’s where Messi and Ronaldo have gone head to head .

      • Edah Tsolaye 20 de September de 2018 / 08:28

        Remember Messi has the highest goal record in the e clasico ,we’re both of them face head to head

  2. mzee denis 10 de April de 2018 / 12:00


  3. Dherya Sharma 14 de June de 2018 / 05:51

    Messi is one of my favourite. His debut in 2018 FIFA would be a great excellenc. As his performance in laliga was wonderful.

  4. gr8FAN 3 de August de 2018 / 00:25

    I love your site. Keep up the good work!

    Just a small correction: Messi has 5 Golden Shoe and National League Top Scorer Awards and not 4.
    As for CR7, he was the Champions League Top Scorer 7 times, not 6.

  5. BazB 25 de September de 2018 / 15:36

    Ronaldo has played more games than Messi and he is more than two years older. Time is on Messi”s side for goals, assists and further honours. In a few years time when both are retired from top flight football , then a statistical comparison can be made. Greatness is also judged on longevity as with Pele or Di Stefano. In the meanwhile we can only savour the skills of these two great players in the remaining matches of their respective careers. I avidly follow every match that they both play and dread the day when they retire.

  6. Calvin S Tengbeh 21 de October de 2018 / 11:09

    Let’s Say The Two Are Genius But Messi The Most!

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