Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo

Full career stats
Team Games Goals Assists Ratio
 FC Barcelona 778 672 268 0,86
 Paris Saint-Germain 34 11 14 0,32
 Argentina 162 86 49 0,53
Totals: 974 769 331 0,79
 Argentina youth 18 14 6 0,78
 Argentina   5 2 3 0,40
Totals: 23 16 9 0,70
Full career stats
Team Games Goals Assists Ratio
 Sporting CP 31 5 4 0,16
 Real Madrid 438 450 119 1,03
 Juventus 134 101 19 0,75
 Manchester United 330 142 56 0,43
 Portugal 189 117 33 0,62
Totals: 1122 815 231 0,73
 Portugal youth 31 16 3 0,52
 Portugal   3 2 0 0,67
Totals: 34 18 3 0,53

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). We also compare their international careers, as well as their performance in the main european club competition, UEFA Champions League.


Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo

35 years, 0 months, 12 days+-869 days
37 years, 5 months, 1 day+869 days
18 seasons+-3
21 seasons+3
974 games played+-148
1122 games played+148
769 goals+-46
815 goals+46
0.79 goals per game+0.06
0.73 goals per game+-0.06
666 goals without penalties+-5
671 goals without penalties+5
Scores every 103′48″-8′17″
Scores every 112′05″-8′17″
331 assists+100
231 assists+-100
76 indirect assists+28
48 indirect assists+-28
Assists every 241′09″-154′19″
Assists every 395′28″-154′19″
Involved in goal every 72′34″-14′46″
Involved in goal every 87′20″-14′46″
40/85 titles won+6
34/90 titles won+-6
7 Ballon d'Or+2
5 Ballon d'Or+-2
6 Golden Boot+2
4 Golden Boot+-2
1431 key passes*+276
1155 key passes*+-276
110.08 key passes/season*+21.23
88.85 key passes/season*+-21.23
2959 dribbles*+1318
1641 dribbles*+-1318
164.39 dribbles/season*+78.02
86.37 dribbles/season*+-78.02
61.33% dribble effectiveness*+7.64%
53.69% dribble effectiveness*+-7.64%
5.18 shots per goal**-1.19
6.37 shots per goal**1.19
103 goals outside the box**+36
67 goals outside the box**+-36
356 goals in penalty box**+-23
379 goals in penalty box**+23
74 goals in six yard box**+-15
89 goals in six yard box**+15
27100 passes succeed**+12309
14791 passes succeed**+-12309
2084.62 passes/season**+946.85
1137.77 passes/season**+-946.85
84.19% passing accuracy**+3.07%
81.12% passing accuracy**+-3.07%
73.83% long pass accuracy**+2.94%
70.89% long pass accuracy**+-2.94%
84.74% short pass accuracy**+3.35%
81.39% short pass accuracy**+-3.35%
*Data from Leagues and Champions League from season 2003/2004 - Last update: 30/06/2022 **2009 - 2022 - Data from WhoScored - Last update: 30/06/2022
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Season 2021/2022
Team Games Goals Assists Ratio
 Paris Saint-Germain 34 11 14 0,32
 Argentina 11 10 2 0,91
Totals: 45 21 16 0,47
Season 2021/2022
Team Games Goals Assists Ratio
 Juventus 1 0 0 0,00
 Manchester United 38 24 3 0,63
 Portugal 7 6 1 0,86
Totals: 46 30 4 0,65
Lionel Messi
Scores every180'
Assists every237'
Involved every 102'
Cristiano Ronaldo
Scores every127'
Assists every951'
Involved every 112'
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