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Stat Attack: Messi beats Ronaldo in every single competition

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Castrol Performance data shows that Lionel Messi has been involved in more goals than Cristiano Ronaldo in the top five European leagues this season.

Both have surpassed everyone this season in terms of goal involvement. Having scored one more goal than Ronaldo, Messi has also been far more creative with 17 assists, more than twice as many as the Portuguese international.

Goals + Assists – top five European leagues 2010/11

Player Team Goals Assists Goals + Assists
Messi, Lionel Barcelona 29 17 46
Ronaldo, Cristiano Real Madrid 28 8 36
Di Natale, Antonio Udinese 26 7 33
Cavani, Edinson Napoli 25 4 29
Tévez, Carlos Manchester City 19 6 25
Eto’o, Samuel Internazionale 19 6 25
Ibrahimovic, Zlatan Milan 14 11 25

Ronaldo has had more shots than any other player (212) but he has been less clinical in his finishing than Messi who converts one in every four attempts. Messi also attempts more passes (over 30 more than Ronaldo per game).

Ronaldo v Messi – 2010/11 La Liga

Cristiano Ronaldo Player Lionel Messi
Real Madrid Team Barcelona
28 Appearances 28
27 Starts 27
2,428 Minutes On Pitch 2,466
Goal Attempts
28 Goals 29
87 Mins per goal 85
212 Total shots 135
7.6 Shots per game 4.8
53% Shooting Accuracy* 68%
18% Chance Conversion* 26%
Passing
1884 Touches 2722
67.3 Touches per game 97.2
8 Goal Assists 17
1,082 Total Passes 1,926
38.6 Passes per game 68.8
76% Pass Completion % 86%
Crossing
2.7 Crosses per game 1.5
11% Cross Completion % 14%
Dribbling
5.6 Dribbles per game 10.3
45% Dribble Completion % 55%

*excludes blocked shots

Ronaldo has found it difficult to score, create a goal or win against Messi.

Castrol Performance data shows that Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to score or deliver an assist against Lionel Messi at club level.

Ronaldo v Messi – competitive encounters

Date

Ronaldo’s team

Messi’s team

Ven.

Score

Res.

Ronaldo

Messi

Goals

Assists

Goals

Assists

23/04/2008

Man United

Barcelona

A

0-0

D

0

0

0

0

29/04/2008

Man United

Barcelona

H

1-0

W

0

0

0

0

27/05/2009

Man United

Barcelona

N

0-2

L

0

0

1

0

29/11/2009

Real Madrid

Barcelona

A

0-1

L

0

0

0

0

10/04/2010

Real Madrid

Barcelona

H

0-2

L

0

0

1

0

29/11/2010

Real Madrid

Barcelona

A

0-5

L

0

0

0

2

09/02/2011

Portugal

Argentina

N

1-2

L

1

0

1

1

Total goal involvement

1

6

The two players have met on seven occasions (six times at club level and once on the international stage) and Messi has been on the winning side five times, whereas Ronaldo just once, back in April 2008 with Manchester Utd. With Real Madrid, Ronaldo has lost all three of his encounters with Messi.

Ronaldo broke his duck against Messi with a goal for Portugal against Argentina in a friendly last February but still ended on the losing side, courtesy of a goal and an assist from Messi.

Also See:

Great Football Player Rivalries
La Liga Statistical Review: Barcelona v Ronaldo
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Real Madrid v Barcelona: Comparing Carvalho v Pique
Real Madrid v Barcelona: Alonso v Xavi stats and the art of playmaking

Comments (4)

  1. no surprises there for those of us who’ve seen ronnie in the flesh. hugely talented but hugely greedy too. people tend to judge him on his goals record alone but they forget all the wasted shots, the failure to pass to team mates in a better position… there’s no contest between the two of them

  2. i bealive messi battar then C/ronaldo..
    i now messi in hero of the world
    messi and ronaldo like sky and earth
    messi is the great plyer of the world
    he is geanus, no one another

  3. I like Messi more and think he is a better player (his mental edge puts him way clear) BUT the Barcelona team and system cerainly compliments him and enhances his stats and abilities. I still think, even as a Messi and Barca fan, that Ronaldo has the ability to single handedly grab a game and change it in an instant that Messi perhaps often misses.

  4. I find it incredible how so many people are continually telling me that Italian Football has been surpassed by German Football…. Yet when you look at the list of the Top 7 attacking footballers in Europe for this season – Italian Footballers occupy 4 of the 7 spots. There are 2 Footballs from Spain (Arguably the 2 best footballers in the world) and then 1 from the Premiership. Not one German Footballer…. Did Italy really deserve to have one of their Champions League Spots taken away? If you ask me…. German Football has improved, but it hasn’t surpassed Italian Football – In the last 10 years how many German Clubs have achieved the highest accolade and actually won the Champions League? None! Spain in my opinion is the league which doesn’t deserve their fourth allocated spot. With only 2 teams ever really threatening for honours (Barcelona & Real Madrid) how can FIFA justify four spots to them? The system is all wrong – Europa Games allocate the same amount of points as the Champions League – Hence how Germany took 3 place in the FIFA Coefficent! Am I the only one that finds this to be incredibly unfair…?