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Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: Who is football’s GOAT?

The two men face to face in a duel that relies on relentless stats. Who will be the GOAT?

Cristiano Ronaldo against Lionel messi – who is the GOAT? This is the biggest matchup in football since ‘Diego Maradona or Pele?’

The question of who is better between the Portuguese phenomenon and the Argentine star has dominated the minds of football fans all over the world for the past decade and will persist into the future.

Loyalties at club and at the national level can cloud judgment on the matter, while personalities also play a role in a player’s quality, and most people know who they would choose.

So who really is the greatest of all time? No matter who you prefer, Goal took a look at how the pair actually go head to head so you can be fully armed in this fight!

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: Club goals

Cristiano Ronaldo Season Lionel messi
5 2002-03
6 2003-04
9 2004-05 1
12 2005-06 8
23 2006-07 17
42 2007-08 16
26 2008-09 38
33 2009-10 47
53 2010-11 53
60 2011-12 73
55 2012-13 60
51 2013-14 41
61 2014-15 58
51 2015-16 41
42 2016-17 54
44 2017-18 45
28 2018-19 51
37 2019-20 31
36 2020-21 38
674 Total 672

Ronaldo has scored more club goals than Messi, but only a short time and it should be noted that the Juventus star is enjoying playing two more seasons than his Argentinian nemesis so far.

Each of them has scored over 670 club goals in their careers so far, with the five seasons between 2009-10 and 2014-15 proving particularly prolific as they pushed each other to greater heights.

While Ronaldo currently has more goals overall, Messi has the advantage in the scoring department, with a higher season average (39.5-35), having peaked at 73 goals in 2011- 12.

Ronaldo’s highest return in season was 61, which he achieved in 2014-15 and he surpassed the 50-goal mark every season for six years between 2010-11 and 2015-16.

Interestingly, while Ronaldo’s seasonal totals have declined somewhat in recent years – he failed to break through the 30-goal mark in 2018-19 in his debut season at Juventus – Messi’s have remained consistent. .

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: Assists in club

Cristiano Ronaldo Season Lionel messi
7 2009-10 11
16 2010-11 21
15 2011-12 29
12 2012-13 14
14 2013-14 11
21 2014-15 27
15 2015-16 23
11 2016-17 16
8 2017-18 18
10 2018-19 19
5 2019-20 25
5 2020-21 12
139 Total 226

When it comes to assists, Messi is far superior to Ronaldo and that contrast has become more and more stark as their respective roles evolve.

The fact that Messi creates so many goals and scores them is a major consideration in deciding which player is the GOAT and, although Ronaldo participates with his fair share, the difference in this particular area is clear.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: Champions League stats

Cristiano Ronaldo Champions League stats Lionel messi
176 Appearances 149
134 Goals 120
0.76 Goals per game 0.81

Ronaldo is the all-time top scorer in the Champions League, having shone in the competition with Manchester United and Real Madrid in particular.

However, Messi is not far behind and in fact has a slightly better goals-per-game ratio so there is a good chance he could overtake the Juventus man if he continues to shine in the competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: World Cup stats

Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup Stats Lionel messi
17 Appearances 19
7 Goals 6
0.4 Goals per game 0.3

When it comes to the World Cups, Ronaldo and Messi are seen as underperforming and probably with valid reasons.

The Portuguese star has scored more goals in the tournament and in fewer appearances, but Messi can claim to have gone the furthest, having reached the final with Argentina in 2014. The Barca forward won the Ballon d gold in this tournament, although he missed the ultimate glory at the hands of Germany.

Ronaldo’s most distant streak with Portugal was with the Selecao, until the semifinals in 2006, when they were beaten by France before losing the …

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