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CRISTIANO RONALDO VS LIONEL MESSI: WHO IS THE BEST?

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The big question of who is better between the Portuguese star and Argentine baller has dominated the minds of football fans everywhere. So on this note we would like to a big comparison between the two stars considering how they have impacted the world with goals, assists and major achievements.

Cristiano Ronaldo started his playing career at Sporting CP in Portugal, in 2002/2003 season he scored just five goals, 2003/2004 he scored 6 goals, 2004/2005 he scored 9 goals between this three season Lionel Messi has no records of goals and assists yet, 2005/06 season Ronaldo scored 12 while Messi scored 8, 2006/07 Ronaldo scored 23 and Messi 17, 2007/08 Ronaldo scored 42 and Messi 16 This year Ronaldo won his first Ballon D’OR trophy at Manchester United.

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Moving on to the 2008/09 season Ronaldo has now moved to Real Madrid and Messi still at Barcelona Ronaldo scored 26 goals and Messi 38, 2009/10 Ronaldo scored 33 while Messi scored 47, 2010/11 Ronaldo scored 53 while Messi also scored 53, 2011/12 Ronaldo scored 60 while Messi scored 73, 2012/13 Ronaldo scored 55 Messi 60, 2013/14 Ronaldo 51 Messi 41, 2014/15 Ronaldo scored 61 while Messi 58, 2015/16 Ronaldo scored 51 while Messi 41, 2016/17 Ronaldo scored 42 while Messi 54, 2017/18 Ronaldo scored 44 while Messi scored 45, 2018/19 Ronaldo netted 28 while Messi scored 51, 2019/20 Ronaldo scored 37 then Messi 31, 2020/21 Ronaldo 36 Messi 38, Currently the 2021/22 season is in progress, Cristiano Ronaldo has a combined goals 674 while Messi has 672 which makes a different of two goals.Ronaldo has scored more club goals than Messi, but just that to Portuguese star enjoy benefits from having played two more seasons than the Argentine star so far.

Ronaldo is often labeled as ‘Penaldo’ across social media because it is believed that he relies on Penalties more than Messi, the only two years in which Ronaldo was able to outscore Messi in open play after the penultimate year of his first Manchester United spell were the 2013/14 and 2016/16 seasons with Real Madrid.

Ronaldo has scored more club goals than Messi, but just that to Portuguese star enjoy benefits from having played two more seasons than the Argentine star so far.

Ronaldo is often labeled as ‘Penaldo’ across social media because it is believed that he relies on Penalties more than Messi, the only two years in which Ronaldo was able to outscore Messi in open play after the penultimate year of his first Manchester United spell were the 2013/14 and 2016/16 seasons with Real Madrid.

In terms of Match Winning goals the Manchester United striker has made such a habit of popping up with winning goals recently when he headed home the game-changing strike against Atalanta in 3-2 win at Old Trafford. The Red Devils had found themselves trailing 2-0 having conceded goals to Mario Pašalić and Merih Demiral, but United came back with goals from Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire had given the hosts hope before Ronaldo powered the third with a powerful header to secure the win.

Now moving on to Assists, Ronaldo in 2009-10 had 7 while Messi had 11,In 2010-11 Ronaldo had 16 while Messi had 21, In 2011-12 Ronaldo had 15 while Messi had 29, In 2012-13 Ronaldo had 12 then Messi 14, In 2013-14 Ronaldo had 14 while Messi had 11, In  2014-15 Ronaldo had 21 and Messi 27, In 2015-16 Ronaldo 15 and Messi  23, 2016-17 Ronaldo 11 Messi 16, In 2017-18 Ronaldo had 8 and Messi 18, In 2018-19 Ronaldo 10 Messi 19, In 2019-20 Ronaldo 5 Messi 25, In2020-21 Ronaldo had 5 and Messi 12 in which the 2021-22 still in progress.

Ronaldo has a total of 139 with Messi 226. When it comes to assists, Messi is much superior to Ronaldo and that contrast has raised a lot as their respective roles evolve, The fact that Messi creates so many goals as well as scoring them is a major consideration when deciding which player is the GOAT( Greatest of All Time).

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in Uefa Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo has a played a total of 176 games scoring 134 players while Lionel Messi has played 149 scoring 120 goals.Now moving on to Assists, Ronaldo in 2009-10 had 7 while Messi had 11,In 2010-11 Ronaldo had 16 while Messi had 21, In2011-12 Ronaldo had 15 while Messi had 29, In 2012-13 Ronaldo had 12 then Messi 14, In 2013-14 Ronaldo had 14 while Messi had 11, In 2014-15 Ronaldo had 21 and Messi 27, In 2015-16 Ronaldo 15 and Messi 23, 2016-17 Ronaldo 11 Messi 16, In 2017-18 Ronaldo had 8 and Messi 18, In 2018-19 Ronaldo 10 Messi 19, In 2019-20 Ronaldo 5 Messi 25, In 2020-21 Ronaldo had 5 and Messi 12 in which the 2021-22 still in progress. Ronaldo has a total of 139 with Messi 226.Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: Individual awards.

Cristiano Ronaldo Awards include 5 Ballon d’or, Two FIFA Men’s Best Player, Four European Golden Shoe, Four Uefa Player Of The Year, 14 FIF Pro World XI, Four Player Of The Year( League). Lionel Messi awards include Six Ballon d’Or, One FIFA Men’s Player, Six European Golden Shoe, One World Cup Golden Ball, Three UEFA Player of the Year, Fourteen FIFPro World XI, Six Player of the Year (league).

The individual battle between Ronaldo and Messi has been one of the biggest feature of modern football for the past decade and many  more to come. It can be said very well about Ronaldo’ versatility for having played in different big leagues such as Premier league, Seria A, La Liga, with Messi just joining Paris Saint Germain to end his one league stay, Ronaldo has won best player in all the league he has played currently.

The argument between the two players has gone wild and grown wings, but the fact that both have been on the FIFPro World XI 14 times is an illustration of how closely fought the battle has been.

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