The present era of Football is ruled by two Legends: Juventus Cristiano Ronalda and Lionel Messi from Barcelona. The two giants have grabbed every individual award since their arrival. Despite the growing age (35 and 32 respectively), they’re showing no intent to stop.
But the question arises, who is best between these two? The unstoppable Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo or Argentinian Lionel Messi?
Both Ronaldo and Messi have extraordinary skills and excellent on paper records, but a closer look at them proves that Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is a bit better than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Decisions made by Messi are a little better than the ones made by Ronaldo, and most importantly Messi brings greater value to Barcelona.
As of October 5, 2020, Messi has scored 700 goals in 861 matches. 630 goals in 723 matches came while playing for Barcelona and rest playing for his home country Argentina.
Ronaldo has also scored 700 goals. He became only the 7th player to do so. Pele, Romario, Gerd Muller, Josef Bican, Ferenc Puskas, and Lionel Messi are on the list. Playing for Juventus, Ronaldo has scored 60 goals in just 71 matches.
Awards Won By Ronaldo and Messi
Lionel Messi has won 34 trophies whereas Cristiano Ronaldo has won 27 trophies. Messi has won all these trophies while playing for Barcelona. He has 10 La Liga titles, 6 Copa del Rey honors, 8 Spanish Super Cups, 4 Champions Leagues, 3 UEFA Super Cups, and 3 FIFA Club World Cups in front of his name.
Cristiano Ronaldo has 5 UCL trophies.
If we talk about success on the international level, Cristiano Ronaldo is a bit ahead of Lionel Messi. Ronaldo has scored 99 goals in 164 appearances whereas Messi has scored 70 goals in 138 appearances.