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Who is Better, Messi or Ronaldo?

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of the greatest footballers in the world. They are the real tigers and by lifting the World Cup 2022 trophy Messi proved that he is the greatest footballer of all time. There has always been a battle going on, who is better: Messi or Ronaldo. And this FIFA World Cup Qatar Championship has spiked this battle up. 

In this article we will tell you everything about Messi and Ronaldo comparing both sides. So before we begin with the debate on who is better let’s take a look at some basic information about both the players. 

Lionel Messi

The great Footballer Lionel Messi is a 35 years old forward who plays for the Argentina National Team as well as Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. His team number is 30 and he has the nationality of Argentina. Born on June 24, 1987, the one and only Argentine champion is 170 cm tall and 72 kgs heavy. He has scored a total of 759 goals in his career of over two decades while the number of games he has appeared in is 957. 

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer who is known for his dribbling, finishing and other playing skills. Ronaldo also plays as a forward but for Premier League club Manchester United FC as well as the Portugal National team with number 7 on his t-shirt. 

Born on February 5, 1985, Ronaldo is 37 years old and regarded as one of the greatest strikers in the world. He is probably the most popular footballer in the world with over 300 million followers on Instagram. In terms of scores, the 185 cm tall player is 5 ahead of Messi having scored 804 goals. While he has appeared in a total of 1106 games. 

Comparison of goals and AssistsMessi and Ronaldo

When it comes to defining success of a Footballer, the first factor which is considered is the goals and assists. Cristiano is a little ahead of Messi in this race with 804 goals in 1106 games in his entire career while Messi has scored 759 goals in 957 games. The statistics clearly shows that Cristiano is much ahead of Messi in terms of goals and has played 149 more matches than Messi. 

Messi GoalsMessi AssistsYearRonaldo AssistsGoals

World Cup: Messi vs Ronaldo

World is one of the major factors that affect the performance of Football players. Who is better, Messi and Ronaldo’s performance in the World Cup is an important one to consider. Both the players have appeared in five consecutive World Cups : 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022. 

Messi has scored a total of 10 goals in 24 games in World Cups in his entire career. He also has 5 assists out of which 2 were made in the 2022 World Cup. In contrast, Ronaldo has just one assist and only eight goals in 21 World Cup matches. Considering the World Cup performance, Messi seems to perform better in the World Cup than Ronaldo though the 2022 World Cup is his last World Cup. 

Messi or Ronaldo, who has more titles and awards?

SeasonLionel MessiCristiano Ronaldo
2002-03Supercopa de Portugal
2003-04FA Cup
2004-05La Liga
2005-06Super Super Cup, Champions

League, la Liga

League Cup
2006-07Spanish Super CupPremier league
2007-08Champions League, European Golden shoe, Community shield, Premier League
2008-09La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions LeagueBallon d’or, League Cup, Club World Cup, Community shield, Premier League
2009-10Ballon d’or, Spanish Super Cup, Club World Cup, European Golden shoe, La Liga
2010-11Ballon d’or, La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, Champions LeagueCopa del Rey, European Golden shoe
2011-12Ballon d’or, European Golden shoe, Copa del Rey, Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Spanish Super CupLa Liga
2012-13European Golden shoe, Ballon d’or, La LigaSpanish Super Cup
2013-14Spanish Super CupBallon d’or, Copa del Rey, Champions League, European Golden shoe
2014-15Champions League, Copa del Rey, La LigaUEFA Super Cup, Ballon d’or, European Golden shoe, Club World Cup
2015-16Ballon d’or, UEFA Super Cup, La LigaChampions league, European Championship
2016-17Copa del Rey, European Golden shoe, Spanish Super CupUEFA Super Cup, Ballon d’or,, Club World Cup, Champions League, La Liga
2017-18Copa del Rey, La Liga, European Golden shoeBallon d’or, UEFA Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, Club World Cup, Champions League
2018-19Spanish Super Cup, La Liga, European Golden shoeUEFA Nations League, Serie A, Supercopa Italiana
2019-20Ballon d’or
2020-21Ballon d’or, Pichichi award, Copa del Rey, Copa AmericaCopa Italia

Apparently, both the players have a long list of titles and achievements to their name. Though the number of awards may vary, both of their accomplishments rate is high.

Who has more Ballon d’Or awards?

Messi, the Argentine, has won seven Ballon d’or awards in his entire career while Ronaldo has five Ballon d’or to his name. Messi has also won a total of  six European Golden shoe while Ronaldo has won only four. Both the players have a difference of 4 when it comes to Copa del Rey Award. Messi has won six Copa del Rey while on the other hand Ronaldo has won just two Copa del Rey in his entire career. 

Who is better Messi or Ronaldo?

With Ronaldo being one of the greatest and most popular Footballers in the Premier League and Messi at Paris Saint Germain, most of the people believe that Messi is overall a better player in comparison with Ronaldo. Though Ronaldo has scored more goals and assists in his entire career, stats show that Messi’s rate of scoring goals and assists is better than the Portuguese forward. So, apparently, Messi, the Argentine star is believed to be the better player than Ronaldo. 

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