That being said, there is Lionel Messi who has been marked as Cristiano Ronaldo’s biggest rival when it comes to making and breaking records. However, Ronaldo is definitely a once in a lifetime player and he can authoritatively be marked as the greatest as well as the most consistent goalscorer in modern football, if not in football history.

Records and Achievements of Messi vs Ronaldo in world history & achievements:

Lionel Messi player profile:

  • Age: 32
  • Born: 24 June 1987
  • Clubs: Barcelona (2004-present)
  • Nationality: Argentine
  • Ballon d’Or wins: 5 (2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)
  • Champions League winners’ medals – 4: 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15 (all with Barcelona)

Cristiano Ronaldo player profile:

  • Age: 34
  • Born: 5 February 1985
  • Clubs: Juventus (2018-present); Real Madrid (2009-2018); Manchester United (2003-09); Sporting Lisbon (2002-03)
  • Nationality: Portuguese
  • Ballon d’Or wins: 5 (2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2008)
  • The Best Fifa Men’s Player: 2 (2016 and 2017)
  • Champions League winners’ medals – 5: 2007–08 with Man Utd; 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2017–18 with Real Madrid

All-time career (club and country, but excluding club friendlies)

  • Messi: 671 goals and 271 assists in 822 appearances
  • Ronaldo: 689 goals and 218 assists in 962 appearances
  • Hat-tricks: Ronaldo 53; Messi 51
  • Career goal ratio: Ronaldo 0.72; Messi 0.82
  • Penalties: Ronaldo 110 (23 missed); Messi 84 (25 missed)

Club career (excluding friendlies)

  • Messi: 603 goals and 231 assists in 687 appearances
  • Ronaldo: 601 goals and 190 assists in 804 appearances
  • Hat-tricks: Ronaldo 46; Messi 45
  • Club goal ratio: Ronaldo 0.75; Messi 0.88
  • Penalties: Ronaldo 102 (17 missed); Messi 70 (22 missed)

International career (friendly and competitive matches)

  • Messi: 68 goals and 41 assists in 136 appearances for Argentina
  • Ronaldo: 88 goals and 28 assists in 158 appearances for Portugal
  • Hat-tricks: Ronaldo 7; Messi 6
  • International goal ratio: Ronaldo 0.56; Messi 0.50
  • Penalties: Ronaldo 8 (6 missed); Messi 14 (3 missed)

MESSI EUROPEAN RECORDS:

  • Only player to score 10+ goals in the UEFA Champions League group stage in a single season (shared with Cristiano Ronaldo)
  • Only player to score consecutive hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League (shared with Luiz Adriano)
  • Only player to score 2+ hat-tricks in 2 different UEFA Champions League seasons
  • Most braces scored in the UEFA Champions League: 25 braces
  • Youngest player ever to score 400+ goals for a single European club (27 years and 300 days)
  • Most goals against the same club in the UEFA Champions League: 8 goals against Milan (Shared with Luiz Adriano against BATE)
  • Most league goals scored in a season in Europe’s top 5 league

RONALDO EUROPEAN RECORDS:

  • Most UEFA Best Player Awards: 3
  • Most Champions League top scorer awards: 6
  • Only player to finish Champions League top scorer in 5 consecutive seasons (2012/13 – 2016/17)
  • Most league goals in history across Europe’s top 5 leagues: 372 league goals
  • First player to score 100 goals in European competition (97 UCL goals, 1 UCL qualifier goal, 2 UEFA Super Cup goals when record was achieved)
  • Most hat-tricks in a single Champions League season: 3 hat-tricks in 2015/16
  • Most free kicks scored in UEFA Champions League: 12 free kick goals
  • Fastest player to score 350 goals for a single club in Europe’s top 5 leagues (335 games)
  • Most braces in Champions League history: 24 braces
  • Most goals scored in Champions League history: 107 goals
  • Most goals scored in the Uefa European Championships for Portugal: 29 goals
  • Most consecutive UEFA Champions League away matches scored in: 12
  • Only player to be among the finalists for all the editions of the UEFA Best Player in Europe (2010-2016)
  • All-time top scorer in European competitions (including Uefa Super Cup and Champions League qualifiers): 110 goals

Messi’s European Golden Shoe wins:

  • 2009-10: 34 goals
  • 2011-12: 50 goals
  • 2012-13: 46 goals
  • 2016-17: 37 goals
  • 2017-18: 34 goals
  • 2018-19: 36 goals

Ronaldo’s European Golden Shoe wins:

  • 2007-08: 31 goals
  • 2010-11: 40 goals
  • 2013-14: 31 goals (shared with Luis Suarez)
  • 2014-15: 48 goals

Ronaldo vs. Messi: Ballon d’Or history

  • Ronaldo wins: 5 (2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2008)
  • Messi wins: 5 (2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.