One of the most renowned soccer rivalries of all time is the ongoing rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. These two soccer titans have been going at it since 2009 when Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United and joined Barcelona’s rivals Real Madrid, the club that Messi was playing for since he began his professional career. The two already played against each other in the 2007-2008 UEFA Champions League semi-finals, when Manchester United defeated Barcelona and advanced to the final stage of the competition. Whenever there’s a match between Messi and Ronaldo, you are ensured to see soccer of a superior quality. The two make it seem like they’re from another galaxy as opposed to all the other modern soccer players. If you want to learn more about the great rivalry between these two titans of soccer, read the following lines.
As of the end of the 2014-2015 soccer season, Lionel Messi’s club statistics are 347 appearances and 297 goals in the League, 50 appearances and 34 goals in the Cup, 99 appearances and 77 goals in Europe, and 18 appearances and 15 goals in other club competitions. When it comes to his international statistics, Lionel Messi has 31 appearances and 8 goals in the Tournament, 33 appearances and 13 goals in the Qualifier, and 38 appearances and 25 goals in the Friendlies.
As of the end of the 2014-2015 soccer season, Cristiano Ronaldo has 421 appearances and 312 goals in the League, 69 appearances and 40 goals in the Cup, 121 appearances and 78 goals in Europe, and 12 appearances and 6 goals in other club competitions. The international statistics of Cristiano Ronaldo are 27 appearances and 9 goals in the Tournament, 54 appearances and 35 goals in the Qualifiers, and 39 appearances and 11 goals in the Friendlies.
Awards and records
The two players have dominated awards ceremonies throughout their careers. Their ongoing rivalry brings many benefits for their careers and for the world of soccer itself. As Ronaldo once said, they motivate each other to play better. The Ballon d’Or award was won by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008 and by Lionel Messi in 2009. The FIFA World Player of the Year Award was won by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008 and by Lionel Messi in 2009. The FIFA Ballon d’Or was won by Lionel Messi in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015 while Cristiano Ronaldo won the same award in 2013, and 2014. The European Golden Shoe award was won by Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2007-2008, 2010-2011, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015 seasons. Lionel Messi won the same award for the 2009-2010, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013 seasons. When it comes to the FIFA Club World Cup Best Player, Messi won the Golden Ball in 2009 and 2011, while Ronaldo only won the Silver Ball in 2008 and 2014. On the other hand, Ronaldo rules over Messi in the all-time UEFA Champions League top scorers list with 93 goals, as opposed to Messi’s 83 goals. Messi has marked the highest number of goals in La Liga, scoring 311 goals while Ronaldo falls behind him with 256 goals scored during the games he played in this competition. In the El Clasico confrontation, Lionel Messi is the leader with 21 goals, while Ronaldo is ranked third with 16 goals.
In the 30 total matches in which these two titans have been confronted with each other, Ronaldo’s team won 9 times and he scored 17 goals. On the other hand, Messi’s team won 14 times, and he scored 17 goals as well. There have been recorded 7 draws when these two magnificent players fought each other. The truth is that no matter who you root for, either Messi or Ronaldo, what you can’t deny is that they both play an amazing game. No one can say for sure if one of them is clearly better than the other because they both play out of this world soccer. The best thing to do is to lay back and enjoy the magnificent soccer that they play, and be happy that you live in the same era with the biggest soccer players of all time.