Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo

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Messi vs Cristiano in their entire careers

 

 
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 Cristiano 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 since Cristiano Ronaldo plays for Real Madrid.


In the whole of their careers we see several things: First, contrary to what many people think, Messi’s scoring average is higher than Cristiano Ronaldo’s. Just look at the number of games played by both, and how close they are in goals scored. Moreover, it is noteworthy that having played two seasons less, Messi has provided more assists to his teammates than Cristiano Ronaldo. Finally, we must emphasize Cristiano Ronaldo’s scoring average in Real Madrid, more than one goal per game, much higher than his career average.


How do they score?

Body parts

 

 

We can see that Messi scores mostly with his left foot, using his “bad leg” in around 1 of every 7 goals. His headed goals are less common because of his height.

Cristiano scores mostly (5 from every 7 goals) with his right foot. He makes around 1 of every 7 goals with his left foot and 1 from every 7 with his head.

Type of goal

Regarding the types of goals they scored we see that, despite having fewer goals than Cristiano, Messi has scored more times in open play while Cristiano has best records in set pieces both from the penalty spot and free kicks.

Where do they score?

Messi scores a slightly higher percentage of goals than Cristiano away from home and on neutral ground, while Cristiano scores a few more goals at home, although the percentages of both are quite similar in this respect.

Messi vs Cristiano only in their clubs

If we limit the sample to club matches, we note that the trend is maintained, with Messi with a higher scoring average and a more assists than Cristiano.

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Messi vs Cristiano only in their national teams

If instead we focus on their performances with their national teams, we note again that Messi’s scoring average is higher than Cristiano’s as well as the number of assists given.


Messi vs Cristiano in La Liga

Since Cristiano reached the Spanish League, the duel between the two players became completely spectacular. Both maintain, during these 7 seasons, an average of more than 1 goal per game. In the global, Messi has scored more goals than Cristiano in these seven years, although playing a few more games, and has also given more assists.


Messi vs Cristiano in Champions League

Focusing only on the Champions League, we have to highlight the goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, absolute record of the competition, but to do so he has played many more games than Messi. Curiously, the Champions League is the only competition in which Cristiano has given more assists than Messi.

Noting only the data of the Champions League since Cristiano plays for Real Madrid, we can see that this is definitely his favorite competition. In the last 7 years he has made more goals and more assists than Messi in this competition, although he has not been lucky enough to lift more trophies.

 

 

Messi vs Cristiano en la Copa del Rey

 

 

Messi vs Cristiano en la Supercopa de España

 

 

Messi vs Cristiano en la Supercopa de Europa

 

 

Messi vs Cristiano en el Mundialito (Mundial de Clubes)

 

 

Messi vs Cristiano en todas las competiciones internacionales de clubes

 

Messi vs Cristiano en todas las competiciones europeas de clubes

 

Messi vs Cristiano en los Mundiales

 

Messi vs Cristiano en Eurocopa/Copa América

 

El Clásico: Real Madrid vs Football Club Barcelona

Leo Messi currently holds the record of goals in “El Clasico” with 21. The ratio of goals per game of Messi is superior to Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as assists per game. Messi also outperforms Cristiano if we consider the number of minutes they need to score or assist.

In direct confrontations, ie, Clasicos in which they have faced, they have exactly the same rate of goals per game, although Messi stands out especially as an assistant. In the number of minutes they need to score their goals, Cristiano Messi leads slightly (by 1 minute 40 seconds). If we compute the average influence (goals + assists) we see that Messi beats Cristiano generating a goal every Clasico played (88 minutes 55 seconds), while Cristiano needs about one Clasico and a half (131 minutes and 49 seconds).

In this period we have also faced in 6 knockout stages:

Real Madrid managed to defeat FC Barcelona in Copa del Rey Final 2010/2011, Spanish Supercup Final 2012/2013, and Copa del Rey Semifinals 2012/2013. Also in Copa del Rey Final 2013/2014, but Cristiano Ronaldo did not play that game because of a small hamstring injury in the femoral biceps of his left leg.

Barcelona managed to beat Madrid in Champions League 2010/2011 Semifinals, Spanish Supercup Final 2011/2012, and Copa del Rey quarter finals 2011/2012.

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  1. Nico 30 de September de 2017 / 18:53

    Messi
    Hours played: 519 and 39 minutes (367 appearences) – [25 incomplete games] (31.179 minutes)

    Cristiano
    Hours played: 529 and 34 minutes (367 appearences) – [9 incomple games] (31.774 minutes)

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    Messi
    Shots: 1806 (20.81 % of his shots ends in goal) [1 shot every 17 minutes and 15 seconds][5.21 per match]
    Outside the box: 675 (37.38 %) – [9.18% outside the box shots ends in goal] [1.94 per match]
    Inside the box: 1131 (62.62 %) – [27.76 inside the box shots ends in goal] [3.26 per match]
    From set pieces: 213 (11.79 %) – [9.39 % set piece goals ends in goal] [0.61 per match]
    On target: 862 (47.73 %)
    Blocked: 434 (24.03%)
    Off target: 510 (28.23 %)
    On post/crossbar: 53 (2.93 %)

    Cristiano
    Shots: 2451 (15.43 % of his shots ends in goal) [1 shot every 12 minutes and 57 seconds] [6.94 per match]
    Outside the box: 1117 (45.57 %) – [4.92 % outside the box shots ends in goal -54-] [3.16 per match]
    Inside the box: 1334 (54.43 %) – [24.21 inside the box shots ends in goal -311-] [3.77 per match]
    Set pieces: 283 (11.55 %) – [9.54 % set piece goals ends in goal -26-] [0.80 per match]
    On target: 1010 (41.20 %)
    Blocked: 552 (22.52 %)
    Off target: 888 (36.23 %)
    On post/crossbar: 60 (2.45 %)

    (*Set Piece – A shoot that has been made via a set piece situation (corner kick, free-kick or throw in*)

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    Messi
    Goals: 376 (20.90 % of his shots ends in goal) [1 goal every 82 minutes and 55 seconds] [1.08 goles per match]
    Outside the box goals: 62 – [9.18 % outside the box shots ends in goal] [0.17 per match]
    Inside the box goals: 314 – [27.76 % inside the box shots ends in goal] [0.90 por paartido]
    Set piece goals: 20 – [9.39 % set piece shots ends in goal] [0.05 per match]

    Ronaldo
    Goals: 378 (15.43 % of his shots ends in goal) [1 goal every 84 minutos and 3 seconds] [1.07 goles per match]
    Outside the box goals: 55 – [4.92 % outside the box shots ends in goal] [0.15 per match]
    Inside the box goals: 323 – [24.21 % inside the box shots ends in goal] [0.91 per match]
    Set piece goals: 27 -[9.54 % set piece shots ends in goal] [0.07 per match]

    (*Set Piece Goal – A goal that has been scored via a set piece situation (corner kick, free-kick or throw in*)

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    Messi
    Key Passes: 802 (68 long passes [8.49 %]) [1 key pass every 38 minutes and 52 seconds] [2.31 per match]
    Through Ball: 190 (23.69 %) (0.54 per match)

    Cristiano
    Key Passes: 651 (48 long passes [7.37 %]) [1 key pass every 48 minutes and 48 seconds] [1.84 per match]
    Through Ball: 49 (7.53 %) (0.13 per match)

    (*Key Pass – The final pass leading to a shot at goal from a teammate*)
    (*Through Ball – An attempted/accurate pass between opposition players in their defensive line to find an onrushing teammate (running through on goal)*)

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    Messi
    Assists: 131 [1 asistencia a cada 238 minutes and 0 seconds] [0.38 per match]
    (50 Through Ball assists [38.17%]) [1 Through Ball assist every 6.9 matches] [0.14 per match]

    Cristiano
    Asistencias: 108 [1 asist every 294 minutes and 12 seconds] [0.30 per match]
    (13 Through Ball assists [12.04%]) [1 Through Ball assist every 27.1 matches] [0.03 per match]

    (*Assist – A pass that directly leads to a chance scored by a teammate*)

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    Messi
    Dribble attemps: 2793
    Succesful: 1649 (58.04 %) [1 succesfull dribble every 18 minutes and 54 seconds] [4.7 per match]
    Unsuccesful. 1144 (40.96 %)

    Cristiano
    Dribble attemps: 1328
    Succesful: 675 (50.83 %) [1 succesfull dribble every 47 minutes and 4 seconds] [1.9 per match]
    Unsuccesful: 653 (49.17 %)

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    Messi
    Passes attemps: 20897
    Accurate: 17650 (84.46 %)
    Inaccurate: 3247 (15.54 %)

    Long passes: 973 (4.66 % of total passes attemps)
    Accurate: 724 (74.41 %)
    Inaccurate: 249 (25.59 %)

    Cristiano
    Passes attemps: 12445
    Accurate: 9964 (80.06 %)
    Inaccurate: 2481 (19.94 %)

    Long passes: 318 (2.56 % of total passes attemps)
    Accurate: 224 (70.44 %)
    Inaccurate: 94 (29.56 %)

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    Messi
    Penalties taken: 61
    Goal: 50 (81.97 %)
    Not goal : 11 (18.03 %)

    Cristiano
    Penalties taken: 80
    Goal: 67 (83.75 %)
    Not goal: 13 (16.25%)

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    Messi
    Tackles attemps: 386
    Tackles won: 244 (63.21 %)
    Got dribbled: 142 (36.79% )

    Cristiano
    Tackes attemps: 229
    Tackes won: 146 (63.76 %)
    Got dribbled: 83 (36.24 %)

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    Messi
    Bad controls: 444
    Dispossessed: 939

    Cristiano
    Bad control: 577
    Dispossessed: 636

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    Messi
    Interceptions: 158

    Cristiano
    Interceptions: 125

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    Messi
    Blocks: 70
    Blocked passes: 62
    Blocked shots: 7
    Blocked crosses: 1

    Cristiano
    Blocks: 74
    Blocked passes: 43
    Blocked shots: 21
    Blocked crosses: 10

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    Messi
    Clearances: 5

    Cristiano
    Clearances: 207

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    Messi
    Offsides: 159

    Cristiano
    Offsides: 350

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    Messi
    Man of the match: 194 (52.86 % of total played)

    Cristiano
    Man of the match: 119 (32.43% of total played)

    Man of the match (Rating) Explanation: https://www.whoscored.com/Explanations
    Meaning of all the used terms: https://www.whoscored.com/Glossary
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    Messi
    Rating total: 8.62

    Ronaldo
    Rating total: 8.16

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    These are the stats collected from:

    La Liga – 2009/2010 – 2016/17
    Champions league – 2009/2010 – 2016/17
    Eurocups – 2012 – 2016
    Worldcup – Only 2014
    Copa America – Only 2015

    • Asif 20 de October de 2017 / 05:55

      What is the period of this stat, since 09?
      Good work friend

      • Asif 20 de October de 2017 / 05:59

        Sorry, I saw it now

    • Asif 20 de October de 2017 / 06:06

      Is it possible to get these stats of their career, like Dribbling, passing etc

      • Nico 15 de November de 2017 / 20:52

        No. Detailed stats like this are only avaiable for season 2009 and beyond..
        OptaStats does have their entire carrers stats but you have to pay…

  2. Nico 30 de September de 2017 / 18:54

    Messi & Cristiano ONLY KNOCK OUT STAGES WITH NATIONAL TEAM

    DATA OF THE FOLLOWING COMPETITIONS:

    •Eurocup – 2012 & 2016
    •Worldcup – 2014
    •Copa América – 2015

    Messi (- LM10) | Cristiano (- CR7)

    Time played:
    – LM10: 13 hours & 1 minute (7 matches)
    – CR7: 9 hours & 16 minutes (6 matches)

    Shots/Goals per match
    – LM10: 2.19 shots / 0 goals
    – CR7: 4.86 shots / 0.32 goals

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    Percentage of shots that ends in goal:
    – LM10: 0 %
    – CR7: 6.66%

    Only shots outside the box:
    – LM10: 0 %
    – CR7: 0 %

    Only shots inside the box:
    – LM10: 0 %
    – CR7: 15.38 %

    Shots on target:
    – LM10: 21.05 %
    – CR7: 16.66 % %

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    Key Passes/Through Balls per match:
    – LM10: 2.42 key passes/0.23 through balls
    – CR7: 1.45 pases clave/0.16 through balls

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    Assists/Through balls assists per match:
    – LM10: 0.46 Assists/0.11 Through balls assists
    – CR7: 0.16 Assists/0.00 Through balls assists

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    Percentage of successful dribbles + ammount:
    – LM10: 63.42 % / 5.99 successful dribbles per match [1 successful every 1.57 attempps]
    – CR7: 38.46 % / 0.81 successful dribbles per match [1 successful every 2.6 attemps]

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    Messi
    Passes: 281
    Succesful: 218 (77.58 %)
    Unsuccesful: 63 (22.42 %)

    Long passes: 19 (6.76 % del total de pases)
    Succesful: 13 (68.42 %)
    Unsuccesful: 6 (31.58 %)

    Cristiano
    Passes: 156
    Succesful: 130 (80.06 %)
    Unsuccesful: 26 (19.94 %)

    Pases de lejos: 1 (0.64 % del total de pases)
    Succesful: 1 (100 %)
    Unsuccesful: 0 (0.0 %)

  3. Nico 30 de September de 2017 / 18:56

    Percentage and ammountes per match (+ only national team)

    DATA OF THE FOLLOWING COMPETITIONS:

    •La Liga – Season 2009/2010 to 2016/2017
    •Champions league – Season 2009/2010 to 2016/2017
    •Eurocup – 2012 y 2016
    •World Cup – 2014
    •Copa América – 2015

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    Messi (- LM10) | Cristiano (- CR7)

    Time played:
    – LM10: 519 hours & 39 minutes (367 matches) [25 matches didnt started]
    – CR7: 529 hours & 34 minutes (367 matches) [9 matches didnt started]

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    Shots/Goals per match:
    – LM10: 5.21 shots / 1.08 goals
    – CR7: 6.94 shots / 1.07 goals

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    Percentage of shots that ends in goal:
    – LM10: 20.81 %
    – CR7: 15.43 %

    Only shots outside the box:
    – LM10: 9.18 %
    – CR7: 4.92 %

    Only shots inside the box:
    – LM10: 27.76 %
    – CR7: 24.21 %

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    Key Passes/Through Balls per match:
    – LM10: 2.31 key psases/0.54 through balls
    – CR7: 1.84 key psases/0.13 through balls

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    Assists/Through balls assists per match:
    – LM10: 0.38 Assists/0.14 Through balls assists (one every 6.9 matches)
    – CR7: 0.30 Assists/0.03 Through balls assists (one every 27.1 matches)

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    Percentage of successful dribbles + ammount:
    – LM10: 58.04 % / 4.7 successful dribbles per match)
    – CR7: 50.83 % / 1.9 successful dribbles per match)

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    Meaning of every term:
    https://www.whoscored.com/Glossary
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    ONLY DATA OF COMPETITIONS WITH NATIONAL TEAM:

    •Eurocup – 2012 y 2016
    •World Cup – 2014
    •Copa América – 2015

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    Messi (- LM10) | Cristiano (- CR7)

    Time played:
    – LM10: 19 hours & 30 minutes (13 matches)
    – CR7: 21 hours & 5 minutes (15 matches)

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    Shots/Goals per match:
    – LM10: 3.75 shots / 0.39 goals:
    – CR7: 7.21 shots / 0.49 goals:

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    Percentage of shots that ends in goal:
    – LM10: 10.41 %
    – CR7: 6.80 %

    Only shots outside the box:
    – LM10: 10.34 %
    – CR7: 0.00 %

    Only shots inside the box:
    – LM10: 10.53 %
    – CR7: 15.22 %

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    Key Passes/Through Ball per match:
    – LM10: 2.73 key psases/0.39 through balls
    – CR7: 1.61 key psases/0.14 through balls

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    Assists/Through balls assists per match:
    – LM10: 0.31 Assists/0.078 Through balls assists (one every 13 matches)
    – CR7: 0.21 Assists/0.070 Through balls assists (one every 15 matches)

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    Percentage of successful dribbles + ammount:
    – LM10: 62.79 % / 6.32 successful dribbles per match)
    – CR7: 44.44 % / 0.84 successful dribbles per match)

    Meaning of every term:
    https://www.whoscored.com/Glossary

  4. Alessandro 19 de October de 2017 / 13:34

    In 2014 world club cup Cristiano made two assists against the cruz azul real madrid 0-4 and in final 2008 club world cup he made one assist against the LDU Quito. Correct the stats pls.

  5. MARCELO 4 de November de 2017 / 21:34

    Los problemas del Barsa tienen nombre y apellido, pero uno muy grande que no puede jugar es Luis Suarez.
    Dicho hace 2 meses o mas. Suarez no va.

  6. Hélder 6 de November de 2017 / 18:56

    Something is wrong with the quantity of goals. Since a few years that it’s around 32 goals and this difference never change even this year that Leo is, up tp date (Nov, 6th 2017), the best scorer fo the year.

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