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Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi; Who is the King of Football ?


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Ronaldo vs Messi!


Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi; A critical argument point about the issue of which player is the greatest of all time continues.

Who is the GOAT? It is the biggest mystery in football since the ‘Diego Maradona or Pele’ debate.
The question of who is better between the Portuguese phenomenon and the empyrean Argentine has subject of the minds of football fans everywhere for the past decade and will continue into the future.

So, who really is the GOAT? Aside your preferences, take a look at how the two actually shape up face-to-face so you can be fully armed with facts in the eternal argument.

Club goals Ronaldo vs Messi

Clearly Ronaldo aka CR7 has scored more club goals than Messi the great, but it should be noted that the Juventus star have played two more seasons than his Argentine competitor.

Ronaldo at present has more goals than Messi but Messi has the edge in the scoring division, with an average of (40 to 35), having hit a high of 73 goals in 2011-12.

Meanwhile Ronaldo’s highest season return was 61 goal, which he achieved in the season of 2014-15 and he surpassed the 50-goal mark every season for six years between 2010-11 and 2015-16.

Interestingly, while Ronaldo’s seasonal totals have declined somewhat in recent years – he failed to break the 30-goal mark in 2018-19 during his first season at Juventus – on the other hand Messi’s record have remained consistent.

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cristiano-ronaldo-vs-lionel-messi-stats

Club assists Ronaldo vs Messi

When it comes to assists, Messi is much superior to Ronaldo and that contrast has become increasingly stark as their respective roles evolve.

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cristiano-ronaldo-vs-lionel-messi-stats

Champions League stats Ronaldo vs Messi

Ronaldo is the all-time leading goal scorer in the Champions League, having shone in the competition with Manchester United and Real Madrid in particular.

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cristiano-ronaldo-vs-lionel-messi-stats

World Cup stats Ronaldo vs Messi

When it comes to World Cups, Ronaldo and Messi are considered underperformers and probably with good reason. Portugal star Ronaldo has scored more goals at the tournament and in fewer appearances, but Messi can claim to have gone furthest, having reached the final with Argentina in 2014.

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cristiano-ronaldo-vs-lionel-messi-stats

International stats Ronaldo vs Messi

Ronaldo and Messi have similar records at international level, though Ronaldo boasts greater numbers, partly because his senior Portugal career kicked off two years before Messi’s with Argentina.

Messi is a long way behind Ronaldo in that respect, though he is by some distance Argentina’s top goal scorer of all time, surpassing Gabriel Batistuta some years ago.

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cristiano-ronaldo-vs-lionel-messi-stats

Titles Ronaldo vs Messi

Messi and Ronaldo have very similar trophy hauls, but Messi edges things when it comes to league titles, having won La Liga 10 times with Barcelona. Ronaldo has seven league titles, but;

Messi, he can claim to have won the league in three different countries (England, Spain and Italy) – something that increases his claim to the GOAT crown in the eyes of some.

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cristiano-ronaldo-vs-lionel-messi-stats

Individual awards Ronaldo vs Messi

The individual battle between Ronaldo and Messi has been the defining feature of modern football for the past decade and more.

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cristiano-ronaldo-vs-lionel-messi-stats

The battle of being the GOAT will remain continue for God knows how many more seasons. Ronaldo and Messi both are on the track and still playing like young footballers but for how long no one knows.

Messi is around 34 and Ronaldo is 36 years old, the upcoming football world-cup may be the last one for both of them but the records they both are making are mind blowing.

In the end we leave this debate unsettled because we respect both of them.

One is hard-work and the other is sheer talent.

Assistance was taken from the original article on the topic from Goal.com

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