Skills radar of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Goalscoring efficiency

Compiled using Opta™ data from 2009 to present, for the following competitions:
Copa América, FIFA World Cup, FIFA World Cup Qualifier, La Liga, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer, Premier League, Serie A, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Euro, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Nations League
Player Games Left foot Right foot Header Inside the box Outside the box Open play Counter attack
Leo Messi 643 481/2621 18.35% 76/322 23.6% 19/141 13.48% 463/1770 26.16% 114/1318 8.65% 401/2125 18.87% 32/104 30.77%
Cristiano Ronaldo 624 100/823 12.15% 381/2409 15.82% 94/516 18.22% 503/2196 22.91% 73/1558 4.69% 317/2428 13.06% 49/222 22.07%

Source: Opta™ Sports – Last update: 17/05/2024

How do they score?

Data from entire career and all competitions
Player Games Home Away Neutral field Right foot Left foot Header Other parts Penalty Free kick
Leo Messi 1059 460/833 55.22% 313/833 37.58% 60/833 7.2% 105/833 12.61% 698/833 83.79% 27/833 3.24% 3/833 0.36% 109/833 13.09% 65/833 7.8%
Cristiano Ronaldo 1222 479/891 53.76% 363/891 40.74% 49/891 5.5% 573/891 64.31% 167/891 18.74% 149/891 16.72% 2/891 0.22% 164/891 18.41% 63/891 7.07%

Source: Opta™ Sports – Last update: 17/05/2024

Passing accuracy (%)

Compiled using Opta™ data from 2009 to present, for the following competitions:
Copa América, FIFA World Cup, FIFA World Cup Qualifier, La Liga, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer, Premier League, Serie A, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Euro, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Nations League
Player Games Long pass Short pass Cross Corner Free kick
Leo Messi 643 1364/1877 72.67% 29283/34580 84.68% 305/1307 23.34% 588/979 60.06% 680/819 83.03%
Cristiano Ronaldo 624 375/524 71.56% 15960/19589 81.47% 189/1038 18.21% 38/43 88.37% 107/122 87.7%

Source: Opta™ Sports – Last update: 17/05/2024

Assists type

Compiled using Opta™ data from 2009 to present, for the following competitions:
Copa América, FIFA World Cup, FIFA World Cup Qualifier, La Liga, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer, Premier League, Serie A, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Euro, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Nations League
Player Games Cross Corner Throughball Free kick Others
Leo Messi 643 25/247 10.12% 8/247 3.24% 83/247 33.6% 15/247 6.07% 133/247 53.85%
Cristiano Ronaldo 624 15/146 10.27% 0/146 0% 17/146 11.64% 2/146 1.37% 114/146 78.08%

Source: Opta™ Sports – Last update: 17/05/2024

Key passes type

Compiled using Opta™ data from 2009 to present, for the following competitions:
Copa América, FIFA World Cup, FIFA World Cup Qualifier, La Liga, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer, Premier League, Serie A, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Euro, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Nations League
Player Games Cross Corner Throughball Free kick Others
Leo Messi 643 205/1483 13.82% 99/1483 6.68% 298/1483 20.09% 87/1483 5.87% 942/1483 63.52%
Cristiano Ronaldo 624 115/963 11.94% 0/963 0% 61/963 6.33% 9/963 0.93% 782/963 81.2%

Source: Opta™ Sports – Last update: 17/05/2024

Defensive skills

Compiled using Opta™ data from 2009 to present, for the following competitions:
Copa América, FIFA World Cup, FIFA World Cup Qualifier, La Liga, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer, Premier League, Serie A, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Euro, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Nations League
Player Games Tackles Interceptions Clearances Blocks
Leo Messi 643 128 205 6 168
Cristiano Ronaldo 624 56 165 380 161

Source: Opta™ Sports – Last update: 17/05/2024

Disciplinary record

Compiled using Opta™ data from 2009 to present, for the following competitions:
Copa América, FIFA World Cup, FIFA World Cup Qualifier, La Liga, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer, Premier League, Serie A, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Euro, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Nations League
Player Games Fouls commited Yellow cards Red cards
Leo Messi 643 365 54 1
Cristiano Ronaldo 624 452 78 5

Source: Opta™ Sports – Last update: 17/05/2024