Lionel Messi Vs Cristiano Ronaldo from 2003 to 2023 – The goat battle

Lionel Messi Versus Cristiano Ronaldo: A Detailed Review of Their Careers and Wins

Messi is an Argentina footballer who plays as a striker for the team with the number 10 on his shirt. The game of football changed after he joined the Argentina team. Currently, he plays for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). He is the only player to win seven Ballon d’Or and six European Golden Shoes. Another achievement is the World Cup won in 2022.

He loves football and helps others who love football. In 2016, the Argentina team needed more funds to meet its expenses. Argentina’s football federation went to Lionel Messi and asked him for help; he provided generous funding for the team’s needs and even took them to Copa America in 2016; Lionel Messi covered all expenses. 

The world knows him as CR7, the player who changed the game with his headers. He is 6’2″ tall and comes from Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo began his career at a club called Andorinha. He has made more than 1,100 professional career appearances. Ronaldo has scored in five different world cups. At 23, he won the Ballon d’Or award, and in total, he has five Ballon d’Or.

Currently, he is playing for the Saudi club Al Nassr. He has switched many clubs during his career, but Ronaldo signed the most significant contract of his career at 37 when he joined a Saudi Pro League team for a $200 million yearly contract.

Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo Club Goals Comparison

Here is a comparison of Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Lionel Messi’s club goals. Ronaldo’s professional club career started in 2003, while Messi’s began in 2005.

YearCristiano RonaldoLionel Messi
2002 – 200350
2003 – 200460
2004 – 200591
2005 – 2006128
2006 – 20072317
2007 – 20084216
2008 – 20092638
2009 – 20103347
2010 – 20115353
2011 – 20126073
2012 – 20135560
2013 – 20145141
2014 – 20156158
2015 – 20165141
2016 – 20174254
2017 – 20184445
2018 – 20192851
2019 – 20203731
2020 – 20213638
2021 – 20222411
2022 – 2023313
Lionel Messi vs. Ronaldo Club Goals Comparison –

Ronaldo has scored five more goals than Messi, and the player has a competitive advantage because he has played two more seasons than Lionel Messi.

Moreover, Ronaldo’s seasonal goals have declined from the 2018–19 season. This happened due to constantly switching of clubs.

Lionel Messi Vs. Cristiano Ronaldo club assist –

2002 – 200340
2003 – 200460
2004 – 200580
2005 – 200683
2006 – 2007143
2007 – 2008713
2008 – 2009917
2009 – 2010811
2010 – 20111623
2011 – 20121529
2012 – 20131215
2013 – 20141414
2014 – 20152127
2015 – 20161523
2016 – 20171116
2017 – 2018818
2018 – 20191019
2019 – 2020525
2020 – 2021512
2021 – 2022314
2022 – 2023214
Lionel Messi Vs. Cristiano Ronaldo club assist –

Messi is the player who helps his teammates score goals. That is why his assists are almost 100 more than Ronaldo’s. The assists are the major deciding factor in the debate about who is better. Messi proves through his football skills that he is far superior to Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to football.

Messi Vs Ronaldo World Cup Goals and Appearances –

 Cristiano RonaldoLionel Messi
Goals Per World Cup Game0.380.50
Messi Vs Ronaldo World Cup –

The stats of both players were moving side by side until 2022 when Messi and his team Argentina won the World Cup and settled this debate forever about who is a better player.

Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo International Games Statistics

 Cristiano RonaldoLionel Messi
International Goals11896
Goals Per World Cup Game0.600.56
Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo International Games Statistics –

The international careers of Messi and Ronaldo are almost similar, but when it comes to goals, Ronaldo has scored 24 more goals. The critics say Ronaldo started his international career with Portugal two years earlier than Messi.
Ronaldo has broken the world record of Ali Daei (Iran) for the most goals in international games, 109 goals in 148 appearances. He has broken the record and currently stands at number one with the most international goals (118).

Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo Champions League –

Champion LeagueCristiano RonaldoLionel Messi
Goals Per Games0.770.80
Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo Champions League –

Cristiano Ronaldo is the leading goal scorer in the Champions League, with Messi in 2nd with 129 goals and Robert Lewandowski at 3rd.

Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo Trophies

CompetitionCristiano RonaldoLionel Messi
World Cup01
Nations League / Finalissima11
Club World Cup43
Champions League54
League titles711
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo Trophies –

Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo Individual Trophies –

TrophyCristiano RonaldoLionel Messi
Player of the Year (league)46
FIFPro World XI1414
UEFA Player of the Year43
World Cup Golden Ball02
European Golden Shoe46
The Best FIFA Men’s Player21
Ballon d’Or57
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo Individual Trophies –

The bitter rivalry started in 2003, but it got hyped after 2010. For almost eight years, Messi and Ronaldo dominated the Ballon d’Or award. Ronaldo has five Ballon d’Or, and Messi has seven Ballon d’Or.


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