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.


131 Responses

    • Peter Jackson 14 de August de 2017 / 13:14

      U know nothing about football tho arshad

      • Ruben 14 de August de 2017 / 14:33

        And you know ? Ronaldo is without any doubt the best ! deal with it 🙂

  1. Wahyu 18 de August de 2017 / 10:11

    Hahaha. Ronaldo fanboy keep raising their Charming idol. Do you know why ronaldo never compared to pele and maradona as the best of all time? Thats because messi is here right now. Ronaldo with his diving skills could never match the top three messi, pele, and maradona. What makes those three called as the best is because they put the team on their shoulder. Ronaldo uses his team to get individual awards. And What makes messi more special is, he doesn’t show any arrogancy on the pitch and he never claim himself as the best like ronaldo always do, yet he is the best. Go ask every football player and everybody who understands football, their answer will always be messi (except those people from madrid). And you want to compare them in their national teams achievment? Hahaha go google it yourself, there is nothing ronaldo can be proud of except that euro cup won by eder. Yet he took all the credit. YFI ronaldo will won another ballon dor, sure. Since fifa has no longer apart of ballon dor for the last couple of year. The rule to vote the winner has changed. The vote used to be done by national captain and coach which they are bunch of people understand football. But now, the vote will be done by reporter. Yup, thats right. People who thinks ronaldo is better are those who spend most of their times sitting in front of their tv and watch the final score, not the 90 minutes of the game.

    • Someone who cares about the game, not the names 24 de August de 2017 / 18:26

      I’m of the mindset that, we should enjoy both greats as they are without trying to raise one above the other, so reading your comment is as to rationale for why Messi should be deemed best is rather flawed. I no way will i like to argue Ronaldo is better than Messi, but I have to counter your arguments with,

      1. “Ronaldo uses his team to get individual awards” – Barcelona’s whole approach in the last decade has been to get Messi on the Ball, the team is built around Messi and even more interesting, everyone who comes in to the team has to be suitable for Messi. Now, the fact that Ronaldo was winning in Manchester when he was not the main act and then having to move to Spain to a new team and continue to shine, shows versatility that can not be said about Messi (because we have not had a chance to see him anywhere other than his comfort zone of Barcelona where he is King)

      2. “What makes messi more special is, he doesn’t show any arrogancy on the pitch” – This is something that people cling on to that has no relevance to a person’s ability on the pitch. Further more, what is your definition of arrogance? because if we take Messi’s celebration where he raised his shirt for all to “worship”, I will say that is the most extreme case of arrogance. Also, if you evaluate Maradona’s on and off the pitch persona by your definition, he shouldn’t be in your so called top 3.

      I can honestly take every point you made and pitch it back to you as flawed because none of it is justified, but I hope you can at least get the sense that favouring one player over the next is something that is only going to give you a heartache.

      Let’s all just enjoy having some of the best players to have ever touched a football field be doing their thing during our time!

      • jo 25 de August de 2017 / 07:26

        well said bro

    • Ephraim 27 de August de 2017 / 01:13

      Ronaldo is just another football figure that surprises everybody even you. You either hate him or like him, either because he humiliates you by getting new awards every year and breaking records that feel impossible and closing in on the argument that he is the best which makes you hate him or because he is about to be honored as world best player of the year for the fifth time which make you like him. Now let’s set the argument straight, it is true that no fan of Ronaldo could argue his been second to Messi in the past few years for who is best, but not unlike this year or years to come where Ronaldo has closed on almost all the records see by Messi and incredibly setting new records in champion league (best league) that Messi could only dream of setting like first to reach 100 goals, lifting the trophy back to back, scoring in three campion league finals, scoring hat trick back to back against two prestigious teams, and so on….. Pls don’t think about it before he hurts you more

    • S. Olando P. Flomo 6 de September de 2017 / 13:23

      Are you sure Messi shows on arrogance on the pitch? if so, what led to punishment from FIFA for insulting one of the officiating clergy?

    • shouxy 25 de September de 2017 / 20:01

      who scores for real Madrid…2016-17 UCL who carried real Madrid to the finals…and after all what counts in football?,is it the game play or a win??

  2. Subham 25 de August de 2017 / 07:41

    Ronaldo has won another uefa club footballer of the yr ..plzz update

  3. Bruno 25 de August de 2017 / 11:46

    Pele recongnized as best player of all times..
    Maradona identified as the best player of all times

    Messi..indetified as
    1.best player of all time..
    2.laliga best player of all times
    3.world greatest athlete with 58% + votes
    4.most individual award in football.

    On the bases of these, who am i to challange legends who indentify messi as the greatest player ever…
    Everything here Show’s.

    Don’t forget, cr7s team mates and managers name Rooney,scoles, sir Alex Ferguson, mourinho .etc. have all putting messi ahead of cr7…

    Lets face reality. Cr7 has now bcom an ordinary scorer like like suárez and lewandowski. Isco, modric and asensio are the real holders of Madrid..

    • Ephraim 27 de August de 2017 / 01:31

      From the weak points most of you Messi fans draw down, is where most neutralist think that Ronaldo is better. Like for example, if isco, modric, and asensio are the real holders of real Madrid than one would argue that all of Messi achievements were at the results of iniesta and xavi the twins midfielder the world has ever known both on club and country which is true for the case, because other than barca, Messi has failed to prove the world wrong by his poor performance on his country team even though playing along with great players like di Maria, lavezzi, tevez, higuian you name it, but Ronaldo has,,,, besides Ronaldo won his first world best on man United, when Madrid three players mentioned earlier were not there, since xavi departure, Messi has not secure balloon dor yet. If he is greater as you all think, let’s get a taste of him from another league other than la liga hahahaha

  4. Bruno 25 de August de 2017 / 11:46

    Pele recongnized as best player of all times..
    Maradona identified as the best player of all times

    Messi..indetified as
    1.best player of all time..
    2.laliga best player of all times
    3.world greatest athlete with 58% + votes
    4.most individual award in football.

    On the bases of these, who am i to challange legends who indentify messi as the greatest player ever…
    Everything here Show’s.

    Don’t forget, cr7s team mates and managers name Rooney,scoles, sir Alex Ferguson, mourinho .etc. have all putting messi ahead of cr7…

    Lets face reality. Cr7 has now bcom an ordinary scorer like like suárez and lewandowski. Isco, modric and asensio are the real holders of Madrid..

    • S. Olando P. Flomo 6 de September de 2017 / 13:28

      Is CR7 and Lewis suárez, lewandowski and Isco equal in football history. What have Messi won for his country since he reach his peek in football like CR7?

  5. Leo 26 de September de 2017 / 22:33

    What is sad is we might not get to see two amazing players playing at the same time again and people are arguing their assess off Trying to prove themselves and Messi and Ronaldo dont give a rats ass. Stop the shit and enjoy the beautiful sport.

  6. Rajan Sandhu 1 de October de 2017 / 17:58

    4-4 to both so there’s not one who is best Ronaldo is too so please stop comparing them it don’t matter there both good until they retire

  7. mo'ed 12 de October de 2017 / 09:52

    All people over world say “WHO IS BEST RONALDO OR MESSI”.
    we say ronaldo is good player , he is respectable player to Thank , he hard works ,always go to execise , always soccer goals , BUR MESSI IS BEST , HE IS ANOTHER LEVEL , I HAVE NEVER SEEN PLAYER WHO BIG THAN MESSI , messi is most ,best , he is HERO OF THIS WOR , BIG assister , big soccer , big team worker ,big player.
    so ronaldo is good but messi is best player in the world

    • Adolpus 14 de October de 2017 / 20:01

      True

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