Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo Statistics & All Time Records Compared

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 have 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.

Messi vs Ronaldo Stats & Records

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)
Matches 665 823
Goals 530 567

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

Lionel Messi

Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2002–03 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04 15 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 5
2004–05 24 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 26 7
2005–06 17 6 2 1 6 1 0 0 25 8
2006–07 26 14 2 2 6 1 3 0 36 17
2007–08 28 10 3 0 9 6 0 0 40 16
2008–09 31 23 8 6 12 9 0 0 51 38
2009–10 35 34 3 1 11 8 4 5 53 47
2010–11 33 31 7 7 13 12 2 3 55 53
2011–12 37 50 7 3 11 14 5 6 60 73
2012–13 32 46 5 4 11 8 2 2 50 60
2013–14 31 28 6 5 7 8 2 0 46 41
2014–15 38 43 6 5 13 10 0 0 57 58
2015–16 33 26 5 5 7 6 4 4 49 41
2016–17 6 5 0 0 4 9 2 1 10 12
Total 386 328 55 39 110 92 24 20 573 476

Cristiano Ronaldo

Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2002–03 25 3 3 2 3 0 0 0 31 5
2003–04 29 4 6 2 5 0 0 0 40 6
2004–05 33 5 9 4 8 0 0 0 50 9
2005–06 33 9 6 2 8 1 0 0 47 12
2006–07 34 17 8 3 11 3 0 0 53 23
2007–08 34 31 3 3 11 8 1 0 49 42
2008–09 33 18 6 3 12 4 2 1 53 26
2009–10 29 26 0 0 6 7 0 0 35 33
2010–11 34 41 8 7 12 6 0 0 54 53
2011–12 38 46 5 3 10 10 2 1 55 60
2012–13 34 34 7 7 12 12 2 2 55 55
2013–14 30 31 6 3 11 17 0 0 47 51
2014–15 35 48 2 1 12 10 5 2 54 61
2015–16 36 35 0 0 12 16 0 0 48 51
2016-17 5 2 0 0 5 2 0 0 8 4
Total 464 349 57 36 136 96 12 6 681 491

Messi vs Ronaldo International statistics

Lionel Messi

Season Tournament Qualifiers Friendlies Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2003–04 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004–05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06 3 1 3 0 4 1 10 2
2006–07 6 2 0 0 4 2 10 4
2007–08 0 0 6 2 4 1 10 3
2008–09 0 0 8 2 1 1 9 3
2009–10 5 0 4 0 2 1 11 1
2010–11 4 0 0 0 7 4 11 4
2011–12 0 0 4 2 5 7 9 9
2012–13 0 0 8 5 4 4 12 9
2013–14 7 4 1 2 3 1 11 7
2014–15 6 1 0 0 4 3 10 4
2015–16 5 5 2 1 3 3 10 9
Total 36 13 34 14 41 28 113 55

Cristiano Ronaldo

Season Tournament Qualifiers Friendlies Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2003–04 6 2 0 0 7 0 13 2
2004–05 0 0 8 7 2 0 10 7
2005–06 6 1 4 0 5 2 15 3
2006–07 0 0 6 5 2 0 8 5
2007–08 3 1 7 3 2 0 12 4
2008–09 0 0 4 0 3 1 7 1
2009–10 4 1 3 0 4 0 11 1
2010–11 0 0 3 2 2 1 5 3
2011–12 5 3 5 5 4 1 14 9
2012–13 0 0 6 1 3 3 9 4
2013–14 3 1 4 7 3 3 10 11
2014–15 0 0 4 5 2 0 6 5
Total 27 9 54 35 39 11 120 55

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
2003-04 FA Cup
2004-05 La Liga
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
Total Trophies 30 21

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
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
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
2016-17

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.

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