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

 

 

Leagues

 

 

 

 

Cups

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

209 Responses

  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 / 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…

    • Bilis 15 de February de 2018 / 02:00

      al this to say cr7 is the best ever just to u can stop ur fanatism?give me a cr7 making history and keep ur messi for the eternity

  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

    • Bilis 15 de February de 2018 / 02:01

      how many american cups have messi?

  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.

  7. lag 14 de April de 2018 / 15:18

    Is it possible to give the statistics of win/draw/lose match, both in league and Champions League ?

  8. Selassie I 20 de August de 2018 / 21:37

    Many players tried to conquer Messi and take his throne. None of them succeed. Messi is still undisputed and remaining king of football 🙏
    God bless Messi

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