Messi vs. Ronaldo: The Greatest Rivalry by Luca Caioli
In 2009 Real Madrid paid £80m, a then record fee, to sign a ready-made superstar in an effort to keep pace with a Barcelona side that had won it all. In doing so, they sparked a rivalry like no other; Messi vs Ronaldo.
The seasons that have followed have been truly spectacular, the battle for supremacy increasing in profile and intensity all the while. Their styles, personalities and footballing allegiances continue to divide opinion, but their dominance of the record books has now put one claim beyond debate - this is footballs greatest ever head-to-head.
Acclaimed football writer Luca Caioli draws on invaluable testimonies from those closest to the two stars, with exclusive insights from friends, families, teammates and managers, to tell the inside story of this fascinating rivalry.
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo Career Comparison // Best Skills, Goals, Assists, Awards, Stats
Messi vs Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both enjoyed yet another a goal and trophy-laden season to further inject life into the debate that never ceases. Two of the greatest players of all time had fans purring the world over throughout the campaign with fantastic goals and more milestone-reaching feats that continue to defy belief. Messi moved past career Barcelona goals currently in games towards the end of a season which had also seen him net his th in La Liga and, more importantly, win a club-record 10th Spanish title. The Barca talisman and captain ended the season with 51 club goals - the sixth time he's reached a half century in a single campaign and 10th in a row he's managed 40 or more - while he was top scorer in La Liga for a joint record sixth time with 36 strikes. Messi also bagged four hat-tricks to take his career tally of trebles to 51, and the third of these which brought up 50 - as well as his th career goal - against with Sevilla in February was pretty special.
Argentine professional footballer. Portuguese professional footballer. The Ronaldo—Messi rivalry is a football rivalry between fans of Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentinian forward Lionel Messi and supposedly between the athletes themselves. They are two of the most decorated football players ever, having won a combined 63 trophies Ronaldo 29, Messi 34 during their careers thus far, and have regularly broken the 50 goal barrier in a single season. They are amongst the 28 players in the history of the sport to score over career goals, currently ranked at 6th Ronaldo and 7th Messi respectively, with both having scored over goals each in their careers for club and country. Some commentators choose to analyse the differing physiques and playing styles of the two,  while part of the debate revolves around the contrasting personalities of the two players: Ronaldo is sometimes described as someone of temperamental character while Messi is portrayed as having a more reserved character. As well as a combined million followers on Instagram as of , Ronaldo is the most followed individual on the entire service, with over million followers whilst Messi has million followers.
Free kicks are not included in the "Outside the box" total, and penalties are not included in the "Inside the box" total. Find more at bettinglounge. The following Ronaldo stats are from his season with Sporting CP. It seems as if Lionel Messi breaks a goalscoring record every other week, such is his mindblowing knack for finding the back of the net. He became Barcelona's all time leading scorer at the age of 24, broke Gerd Muller's 39 year old record for the most goals scored in a single season 73 , and is the all time leading scorer in La Liga. He also broke Gerd Muller's 40 year old record for most goals in a calendar year, scoring a staggering 91 goals in 69 games for club and country in He is simply one of the greatest goalscorers of all time and will no doubt set even more practically unbreakable records throughout his career.
A look at the illustrious playing careers of the two star strikers
Lionel Messi's international stats are very impressive. He is the all-time top scorer for Argentina. Messi also an all-time top scorer in La Liga and all-time top scorer for Barcelona. Like Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo is an all-time top scorer for his country Portugal and broke goal-scoring records for Real Madrid as well. Despite their dominance in goal scoring chart for their respective country and clubs, Messi and Ronaldo have one thing in common in their world cup adventure. They were unable to find the net in the world cup as easily as they do normally.