One of the most asked question in the football world is who the better football player between Messi vs Ronaldo. No doubt they both are best footballers on the planet right now and it is our the privilege that we watching them playing in the same era. Both has won combined eight FIFA Ballon d’Or awards and has many individual achievements under their belts. But sports fans and journalists always debate on a question – who is the best player in football?
Both Messi and Ronaldo have scored more than 500 goals in their careers for club and country. Ronaldo himself once asked this question and in reply, he had said, “You cannot compare a Ferrari with a Porsche because both has a different engine.” But we tried to find who is a better player by comparing them to each other on basis of their careers stats and records. Let’s find the answer to this million dollar question.
Bio and Career Stats
|Details||Lionel Messi||Cristiano Ronaldo|
|Date of birth||24 June 1987||5 February 1985|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||67 kg (148 lbs)||84 kg (186 lbs)|
Cristiano Ronaldo is more athletic which makes him more professional compared to Messi and has the ability to score all type of goals. On the other hand, Messi is better at building up attacks and can find that killer pass which can split even hard rock defences of the opposition team. There is no doubt that both are the greatest players of football world but the question is who is better Messi or Ronaldo? So, let see their clubs and international statistics.
Messi vs Ronaldo Club Records
Messi vs Ronaldo International statistics
From the above stats, it is clear that Lionel Messi has the slightly better goal to game ratio than Ronaldo. Where Messi taking 0.83 matches to score 1 goal while Ronaldo taking 0.68 matches to score 1 goal.
Messi vs Ronaldo Team Honours
|Lionel Messi||Cristiano Ronaldo|
|2005-06||Champions League, La Liga, Spanish Super Cup||League Cup|
|2006-07||Spanish Super Cup||Premier League|
|2007-08||Olympic Gold||Champions League, Premier League, Community Shield|
|2008-09||Champions League, La Liga, Copa del Rey||Premier League, League Cup, Club World Cup, Community Shield|
|2009-10||La Liga, Uefa Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, Club World Cup|
|2010-11||Champions League, La Liga, Spanish Super Cup||Copa del Rey|
|2011-12||Copa del Rey, Uefa Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, Club World Cup||La Liga|
|2012-13||La Liga||Spanish Super Cup|
|2013-14||Spanish Super Cup||Champions League, Copa del Rey|
|2014-15||La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League||Uefa Super Cup, Club World Cup|
|2015-16||La Liga, Uefa Super Cup, Club World Cup, Copa del Rey||Uefa Championship, Campions League, Euro 2016|
|2016-17||Spanish Super Cup||Uefa Super Cup|
Messi has won four Champions League titles as Barcelona player while his rival Ronaldo has won the Champions League thrice, one with Manchester United and twice with Real Madrid. He has won a premier league total four times – thrice with Manchester United and once with Real Madrid while Messi has won eight La Liga titles with Barcelona.
Messi has amazing club record but failed to repeat this in international tournaments. Meanwhile, Ronaldo has played well in the international competitions and finished once as runner-up (Euro 2004) and recently won Euro 2016 with Portugal.
Messi vs Ronaldo Individual Honours
|Lionel Messi||Cristiano Ronaldo|
|2006-07||PFA Young Player of the Year|
|2007-08||European Golden Shoe, Premier League Golden Boot, Champions League Top Scorer, Uefa Club Footballer of the Year|
|2008-09||Ballon d’Or, Champions League Top Scorer|
|2009-10||Ballon d’Or, European Golden Shoe, La Liga Top Scorer||Champions League Top Scorer|
|2010-11||Ballon d’Or, Uefa Best Player in Europe Award||European Golden Shoe, La Liga Top Scorer, Champions League Top Scorer|
|2011-12||Ballon d’Or, European Golden Shoe, La Liga Top Scorer||Champions League Top Scorer|
|2012-13||Ballon d’Or, European Golden Shoe, La Liga Top Scorer||Champions League Top Scorer|
|2013-14||Ballon d’Or, European Golden Shoe, Champions League Top Scorer, La Liga Top Scorer, Uefa Best Player in Europe Award|
|2014-15||World Cup Golden Ball, Champions League Top Scorer (tied), Uefa Best Player in Europe Award||Ballon d’Or, European Golden Shoe, La Liga Top Scorer, Champions League Top Scorer (tied)|
|2015-16||Ballon d’Or||Uefa Best Player in Europe Award|
Messi has many individual records including the most number of Ballon d’Or awards which is five times. He holds the Guinness World Record for scoring the most number of goals (91) in a year.
Ronaldo is the only player to win the European Golden Shoe award playing for two different clubs and the only one to win it four times. He would have won many awards if they were introduced earlier. Don’t forget, he is the fastest Real Madrid player to reach 50, 100, 150, 200 as well as 250 club goals in the club’s history.
Messi vs Ronaldo Final Result
Rating: Ronaldo: 7/10 Messi: 7.5/10
So now we have quite a clear image, Messi has achieved everything a football can dream of and he is two years younger than Cristiano Ronaldo. He has more champions League titles, more FIFA player of the year awards, more goals, more assists and broke almost all big scoring records. According to above stats, records and honours, Lionel Messi is a slightly better player than Ronaldo not just in terms of goals record but also as a team player.