How many discussions we’ve had about who is better- Messi or Ronaldo? How many banters we’ve had in this rivalry of Messi vs Ronaldo? People say stats speak and bring examples of Lionel Messi’s recent triumph over Cristiano Ronaldo interms of Ballon D’Or awards but is it the only thing that differentiates the class between Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? I don’t think so, we don’t think so and many of football fans don’t think so!
Lionel Messi have had 36 appearances for Barcelona this season and he has scored 52 and 14 which is just phenomenal.If we look at his stats on the basis of his playing positions, he has appeared 35 times as a Central forward in which he scored 47 goals and assisted 13 times. He played just once as a right forward for Barcelona this season, only managing to score once. According to WhoScored.com, Lionel Messi appeared as a substitute for 5 times and scored only 5. He managed to get a rating of 7.23 which proves that he isn’t an effective player as a subsitute as he is while starting.
While talking about stats and facts, we definitely have to mention this: Lionel Messi has won 4 FIFA Ballon D’or awards which is 3 times more than Cristiano Ronaldo, which means he’s become FIFA’s world player of the year 3 times more than Cristiano Ronaldo! With Barcelona at overall, Lionel Messi has managed to appear 377 times in total for Barcelona scoring 311 goals which is just fantastic. It sums up to be 0.82 goals per game ratio for his career.If we talk about his international appearances, he has had 79 appearances managing to score 32 which sums up to be 0.42 goals per game which is not good stat for a player of his calibre.
Cristiano Ronaldo is current Champions League top-scorer with 12 goals in 12 appearances. In La Liga, Cristiano Ronaldo managed to have 29 appearances and he scored 33 goals and assisted 8. If you look Cristiano Ronaldo interms of discipline, he’s bit weak in that manner. He has been yellow carded for 8 times in 41 appearances this season which is 7 more than Lionel Messi. In terms of playing positions, Cristiano Ronaldo has played 39 times as left attacking midfielder and has managed to score 42 goals and has assisted 7. As an substitute, he scored 1 and assisted 2 in 3 appearances. He can also play as left and central forward and has managed to play once in each role. He scored one each in those games too. This proves that he’s more versatile player than Lionel Messi and also proves how efficient and needful player he’s.
For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to have 196 appearances and has scored 199 goals which is more than 1 goal per game ratio. But, if we talk about his total games in club appearances in his career, he managed to have 519 appearances and scored only 322 goals which is just 0.62 goals per game. This is poor result in comparison to Messi’s record of 0.82 goals per game. Like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo also hasn’t fostered as an international player for Portugal. He only managed to have 102 appearances for Portugal and scored only 38 goals which sums up to be 0.37 goals per game (that is less than Messi’s record of 0.42 goals per game).
Comparison (Courtesy to WhoScored.com):
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