Stat Attack: Messi beats Ronaldo in every single competition

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

PlayerTeamGoalsAssistsGoals + Assists
Messi, LionelBarcelona291746
Ronaldo, CristianoReal Madrid28836
Di Natale, AntonioUdinese26733
Cavani, EdinsonNapoli25429
Tévez, CarlosManchester City19625
Eto’o, SamuelInternazionale19625
Ibrahimovic, ZlatanMilan141125

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 RonaldoPlayerLionel Messi
Real MadridTeamBarcelona
28Appearances28
27Starts27
2,428Minutes On Pitch2,466
Goal Attempts
28Goals29
87Mins per goal85
212Total shots135
7.6Shots per game4.8
53%Shooting Accuracy*68%
18%Chance Conversion*26%
Passing
1884Touches2722
67.3Touches per game97.2
8Goal Assists17
1,082Total Passes1,926
38.6Passes per game68.8
76%Pass Completion %86%
Crossing
2.7Crosses per game1.5
11%Cross Completion %14%
Dribbling
5.6Dribbles per game10.3
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
Real Madrid v Barcelona Preview
Why Victor Valdes is better than Iker Casillas
Real Madrid v Barcelona: Comparing Carvalho v Pique
Real Madrid v Barcelona: Alonso v Xavi stats and the art of playmaking

Did Roman Abramovich miss a trick last summer by not acquiring Raul?
Why Victor Valdes is better than Iker Casillas

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