Every football fan knows that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both been rated as the best players in the world currently, considering their respective career records and achievements so far. Arguably, the two players have the best record so far in football history, and some of their records remain unbeaten today.
As known, the two of them are usually regarded as “rivals” as far as their football career is concerned, and this is because the two of them always compete to create the same record. This, however, doesn’t mean they’re enemies; rather, it means they are both in a race to achieve a feat. This is why they have both been given the name “Greatest Of All Time (GOAT).”
Unlike Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi spent the majority of his football career playing for a single club, and up till last year, he was only playing for Barcelona. This means that 90% of his current career achievements were created in La Liga while playing for Barcelona. However, he joined Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) last season and continued his career records.
On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo has played for different clubs in his football career, which includes Real Madrid, Juventus, and Manchester United.
Thus, playing for their respective clubs, they have both created astounding records, and are rated as part of the best records in football history, considering that the two of them are among the all-time top scorers in history. Considering this, we will be seeing the Head-to-head statistics of the records created by the two players in the last five (5) football seasons.
This will start from the 2017/18 football season, when Ronaldo was still in Real Madrid, up till the recently completed season – 2021/22.
- 2017/18 season
While playing for Real Madrid, Ronaldo scored 44 goals in 44 games and created 8 assists. This means he recorded 52 goal contributions in 44 games.
On the other hand, Messi scored 45 goals in 54 games. He also created 20 assists, thereby, recording 65 goal contributions in 54 games.
- 2018/19 season
Ronaldo left Real Madrid in 2018 and started playing for Juventus in the 2018/19 season, while Messi was still playing for Barcelona. He played 43 games for the club, scored 28 goals, and provided 11 assists.
On the other hand, Messi played 50 games, scored 51 goals, and created 22 assists – which was an astounding record for that season, and one of his best records at Barcelona.
- 2019/20 season
While still playing for Juventus, he played 46 games, scored 37 goals, and provided 7 assists.
On the other hand, Messi played 44 games, scored 31 goals, and provided 27 assists.
- 2020/21 season
Ronaldo played 44 games for Juventus, scored 36 goals, and provided 4 assists.
On the other hand, Messi played 47 games for Barcelona, scored 38 goals, and provided 14 assists.
- 2021/22 season (last season)
Ronaldo joined Manchester United last year, while Messi also joined PSG. While Playing for their respective “new” clubs, Ronaldo scored 24 goals in 39 games and provided 3 assists.
On the other hand, Messi scored 11 goals in 34 games and provided 15 assists.
Apparently, from the above statistics, Lionel Messi has the best record, considering the total goal contributions he has recorded in the last five (5) seasons.
What do you think about this? Which of them has the best record? Who will you rate as the Greatest player of all time?