Skills radar of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Goalscoring efficiency

Compiled using Opta™ data from 2009 to present, for the following competitions:
Copa América, EFL Cup, 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 644 481/2624 18.33% 76/322 23.6% 19/141 13.48% 463/1770 26.16% 114/1321 8.63% 401/2126 18.86% 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: 30/05/2024

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 1061 461/834 55.28% 313/834 37.53% 60/834 7.19% 105/834 12.59% 699/834 83.81% 27/834 3.24% 3/834 0.36% 109/834 13.07% 65/834 7.79%
Cristiano Ronaldo 1224 481/893 53.86% 363/893 40.65% 49/893 5.49% 573/893 64.17% 168/893 18.81% 150/893 16.8% 2/893 0.22% 164/893 18.37% 63/893 7.05%

Source: Opta™ Sports – Last update: 29/05/2024

Passing accuracy (%)

Compiled using Opta™ data from 2009 to present, for the following competitions:
Copa América, EFL Cup, 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 644 1366/1882 72.58% 29311/34615 84.68% 305/1311 23.26% 588/982 59.88% 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: 30/05/2024

Assists type

Compiled using Opta™ data from 2009 to present, for the following competitions:
Copa América, EFL Cup, 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 644 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: 30/05/2024

Key passes type

Compiled using Opta™ data from 2009 to present, for the following competitions:
Copa América, EFL Cup, 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 644 205/1483 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: 30/05/2024

Defensive skills

Compiled using Opta™ data from 2009 to present, for the following competitions:
Copa América, EFL Cup, 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 644 129 205 6 168
Cristiano Ronaldo 624 56 165 380 161

Source: Opta™ Sports – Last update: 30/05/2024

Disciplinary record

Compiled using Opta™ data from 2009 to present, for the following competitions:
Copa América, EFL Cup, 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 644 365 54 1
Cristiano Ronaldo 624 452 78 5

Source: Opta™ Sports – Last update: 30/05/2024