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. Cristian 26 de September de 2018 / 17:35

    Me puedes explicar cómo cristiano gano 3 súper copas de Europa jugando solo dos partidos

    • Juanillo 4 de October de 2018 / 22:45

      Por la misma razon que Messi tiene 4 champions y ha estado en 3 finales nada mas…un poquito de tacto eh??

      • Giancarlos Cuba 16 de January de 2019 / 23:39

        messi ha jugado la champions completa y solo la final no lo puso el entrenador, de verdad que los fans de penaldo son pateticos y miserables

        • Diego 18 de January de 2019 / 13:57

          No jugo ni los cuartos, ni las semis ni la final mi querido amigo

        • Giancarlos Cuba 18 de January de 2019 / 14:13

          pero fue parte de la competicion, estos estan mas graves cada dis

        • Giancarlos Cuba 18 de January de 2019 / 14:15

          no continuo por la lesion que tuvo en octavos, igual los registros de la fifa son claros, tus ideas con intencion de reducir a messi y endiosar a cr se las lleva el viento

    • Nothing 21 de January de 2019 / 04:05

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  2. Satyajit Roy 29 de October de 2018 / 10:56

    This analysis only shows the goal scoring part of the game.
    Both the players contribute more or less equally when it comes to goals.
    Please compare their play making and defensive attributes also.
    KPIs like tackles won, Possession won, Key Passes, Successful long balls, etc are major indicators of a players performance. Goals are important but they do not tell the entire story.
    If only goals are measured, that will make Suarez a much better player than Luka Modric or Iniesta. So, goals are not the only aspect of football.
    What led to that goal is also important. And so is how you have helped your team avoid conceding a goal.
    So please include those aspects of comparison also. Otherwise, it is a very nice analysis.
    Also, make a break up of these performance according to the level of the opposition team. Because one goal against a team like Bayern Munich or Athletico Madrid is more important than three goals against a team like Leganes or Porto. ( No offence to any team or player).

    Thanks,
    Satyajit Roy

  3. Diego 22 de November de 2018 / 11:14

    Messi jugo 8 partidos en 2006. Tuvo una lesion en octavos.

    Ronaldo no estaba ni entre los suplentes. Ni fue convocado.

  4. Giancarlos Cuba 16 de January de 2019 / 23:40

    MICHEL ACOSTA, doc me parece que el error es en copas del rey, tu cuentas 49 pero me parece que son 48 tambien estuve investigando haber por si acaso una fijada doc

  5. Muhammad 23 de February de 2019 / 17:04

    There will be no players in world football like Cristiano and Messi

  6. Carlos 26 de February de 2019 / 14:20

    buenas tardes, esta página está genial. muchas gracias por el seguimiento
    sería posible ver una gráfica de evolución de goles por año natural (por no pedir de mes a mes)?
    de tal manera que se pueda ver como Cristiano empezó un par de temporadas antes y por tanto siempre ha ido por delante en el número de goles, y como año a año se ha visto como Messi se le llegó a acercar mucho, luego se volvió a alejar, principalmente por las eliminatorias finales de la champions donde Cristiano ha marcado muchos goles (sabiendo que la mayoría eran de penalty o en fuera de juego) y estas dos últimas temporadas de Nuevo Messi se le está acercando y probablemente ya el año que viene le sobrepase. la estadística por temporada está en muchos sitios pero no la de año a año natural
    Gracias!

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