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Statistics and records 2015-2016: Messi vs Ronaldo?

Messi vs Ronaldo 2015-16 – Statistics and Records:

The 2015-16 season is into its full flow with La Liga season started today while Messi has already played three competitive games this season in European Super Cup and Spanish Sup Cup.
As of 14 May 2016:
Cristiano Ronaldo 2015-16 Season Statistics
Spanish League BBVA363511
UEFA Champions League11164
Copa del Rey000
Super Cup000
Lionel Messi 2015-16 Season Statistics
Spanish League BBVA332616
UEFA Champions League761
Copa del Rey452
Super Cup & Club World Cup442
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Probably the greatest players to have grace the world football, Ronaldo and Messi are going head to head for the last 6-7 years not only for individual titles but also helping their club and national teams to glory. But the million dollar question is who is better Ronaldo ? or Messi ?. Thats a questions which divide football fans, make them argue with friends and specially online sports websites comments boxes.
Here are some all time career goals and appearence record of both players and how they scored in league, champions league and other domestic cups. (As of 16 April 2016)

Its clear from the graphic above that Lionel Messi has slightly better goal to game ratio with him taking 0.83 matches to score 1 goal while Ronaldo ratio is not bad either which is around 0.68.
If we talk about their overall Champions League performance again its pretty similar apart from Messi have superior goal ration of 0.86 compared to Ronaldo’s 0.63. Messi is now the all time highest goal scorer in champions league history while Ronaldo is second with 72 goals to his name.
They both are great, Messi is better at building up attacks brining his team mates into play and can find that killer pass which can split even the water tight defences of opposition. On the other hand we have Cristiano Ronaldo who is more athletic, makes solo runs on the wings can score all type of goals.
Ronaldo is a better professional, he had talent but he made it even better with his dedication to improve which we have been witnessing year after year. Messi on the other hand has a natural gift of balance and control over the football, he can turn and twist accelerate with the ball at his feet better than anyone. So before we decide who is a better player we take a look at the over all record of both players starting with the all time goal and game statistics.
We will talk about these statistics and records later in the post but now we move our attention to 2014-15 season statistics as they are important going into the Ballon Dór 2015 ceremony.
2014-15 Statistics: Below are the last season 2014-15 statistics where Ronaldo outscored Messi by 3 goals in all competitions but it was Messi who won all the trophies for Barcelona.
Or you can take look at the table below which shows the name of the title both of players have won with their teams in the last 12 years of their careers. Ronaldo of course started with a FA Cup medal in his very first year at United while Messi enjoyed huge success in his first 4-5 years with Barcelona where he won it all.
Ronaldo vs Messi Career – Team Honors 
FA Cup2003-04
2004-05La Liga
League Cup2005-06Champions League, La Liga, Super Cup
Premier League2006-07Super Cup
Champions League, Premier League, Community Shield2007-08
Premier League, League Cup, Club World Cup2008-09Champions League, La Liga, Copa del Rey
2009-10La Liga, Uefa Super Cup,Super Cup, Club World Cup
Copa del Rey2010-11Champions League, La Liga, Super Cup
La Liga2011-12Copa del Rey, Uefa Super Cup, Super Cup, Club World Cup
Spanish Super Cup2012-13La Liga
Champions League, Copa del Rey2013-14Spanish Super Cup
Uefa Super Cup2014-15
and now the individual honours which both players have earned in their careers, which include young player of the year awards as well.
Ronaldo vs Messi — Individual Honors 
PFA Young Player of the Year2006-07
European Golden Shoe, EPL Golden Boot, Champions League Top Scorer, Uefa Club Footballer of the Year2007-08
Ballon d’Or2008-09Champions League Top Scorer
2009-10Ballon d’Or, European Golden Shoe, La Liga Top Scorer, Champions League Top Scorer
European Golden Shoe, La Liga Top Scorer2010-11Ballon d’Or, Champions League Top Scorer
2011-12Ballon d’Or, European Golden Shoe, La Liga Top Scorer, Champions League Top Scorer
Champions League Top Scorer2012-13Ballon d’Or, European Golden Shoe, La Liga Top Scorer
Ballon d’Or, European Golden Shoe, Champions League Top Scorer, La Liga Top Scorer2013-14
2014-15World Cup Golden Ball
Now we move to both players records which they made and broke in the last decade or so, some of them are specific league records and some of them are all time world records.
Ronaldo vs Messi — Records
Lionel MESSI
1Most FIFA Ballon d’Or awards (4)
 2Only player in history to have won Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Player, Pichichi trophy & Golden Boot in the same season
3World record of most goals in a calendar year: 91 goals (2012)
 4consecutive league matches scored in: 21 matches (33 goals) + only player to have scored against all teams in the same league
 5Leading goal scorer in Spanish League history (253 goals)
 6Leading scorer in UEFA Champions League history (74 goals)
7All time leading Barcelona scorer (399)
So now you have the bigger picture, Messi is two year younger than Cristiano Ronaldo and he has achieved everything a football can dream of and in 2014 world cup he was inches away winning a World Cup for his native Argentina side as he guided them to the final, but it was Germany who eventually won it but Messi went home with the Golden Ball (best player in world cup).
More champions League titles, more FIFA player of the year awards, more goals, more assists and broke almost all big scoring records really do make Messi a better player than Ronaldo. It easier to judge them because they are playing in the same era unlike previous big football rivalry which was Maradona vs Pele.
Personaly I think Lionel Messi is slightly better player than Ronaldo because not only his goal record is incredible but he has a bigger impact on the team he is playing in. Ronaldo on the other hand is incredible player and he is in the elite class of all time great footballers and he still has couple of years left at the very peak of his career and things might change and we might look at them differently when they hang up there boots. But so far Messi shades it for me against Ronaldo.
What you think of this rivalry ? who is the better player between Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo ? use the poll below to cast your vote and express your opinion in the comments section.


  1. x faham daaaaa benda apa ni.. tau Ronaldo hensem dari Messi tu je =P


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