Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo

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Lionel Messi wins his sixth Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi wins his sixth Ballon d’Or

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).

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at club level

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when they played in Spain together

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222 Responses

  1. Giannis 23 de February de 2020 / 08:27

    Hello. According to my information Ronaldo has 29 trophies as he did not play for the Uefa super cup 2016 and was not in the squad for Community shield 2008. Also messi’s Olympic gold medal does not count as a trophy because of its under 23 rule of participation. Also Ronaldo has 2 more games played. And messi 3 less assists.

    • Míchel Acosta 23 de February de 2020 / 08:42

      Hi Giannis,

      I count every title won while they were part of the team.
      I count Olympics Gold Medal because there are no sub23 Olympics and absolute Olympics, there’s only one Olympic football competition and its importance is huge.

      Ronaldo has 998 games. Some people count 2 games with Sporting B squad, I don’t.

      And i think Messi’s assist count is ok. Here you are all the games with goals and assists per game, feel free to detect the 3 wrong assists and tell me.

      https://michelacosta.com/en/lionel-messi-match-history/

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