Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi are two of the greatest footballers of our time. So today in this blog we discuss who is better, have a look

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi, who is better ?

Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or for a record 4 times (2010–12, 2015) and Ronaldo won the award in 2013 and 2014.

Messi was runner up in the years Ronaldo won the award, while Ronaldo was runner up in 2011 and 2012.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi, who is better ?

Ronaldo was born in Funchal, Madeira, in Portugal, on February 5th 1985.

He began playing football at age 8, when he joined amateur youth team Andorinha. In 1995, he signed with the local club Nacional, and was then signed by Sporting CP.

Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 24th 1987. He started playing football at age 5, when he joined a local club coached by his father.

He moved to Newell’s Old Boys in 1995, but at age 11, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. 

  • Career

Ronaldo began his adult career with Sporting CP in 2002. He was signed by Manchester United in 2003, after which he won the FA Cup.

He is the captain of the national Portugal team and has played in the team since 2003. In 2009, he transferred to Real Madrid, his current team.

As Messi played in Barcelona’s junior teams between 2000 and 2003, before debuting for FC Barcelona C team on November 29th 2003.

Began playing for the FC Barcelona B team on 6th March 2004. He began playing for the main Barcelona team in 2004, and has played there ever since, has also played for the Argentinean team since 2005, and is currently their team captain.

  • Playing Style

Ronaldo is a fast striker who scores with his head and both feet.

Messi has a lower center of gravity than most players, allowing him to change direction quickly and evade tackles, he uses short bursts of acceleration on the field and is predominantly a left-footed player.

  • Goals scored

In his first team, Sporting CP, Ronaldo scored 3 goals. He scored 84 goals during his 6 years at Manchester United, and has scored 112 goals for Real Madrid also has scored 35 goals for the national Portuguese team.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi, who is better ?

And Messi scored 5 goals with the Barcelona C team and 6 with the Barcelona B team, before joining the main Barcelona team, where he was made 214 appearances and scored 169 goals. In the Argentinean national team, he has appeared 70 times and scored 26 goals.

Since the 2010 World Cup, Messi and Ronaldo have scored similarly overall, with Messi being responsible for 291 goals and assists in 201 games and Ronaldo being responsible for 289 goals and assists in around 220 games.

  • Awards

Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or in 2008, the European Golden Shoe in 2008 and 2011, and was named FIFPro Player of the Year, World Soccer Player of the Year, Onze d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008.

He was also named FWA Footballer of the Year in 2007 and 2008, and was awarded the FIFA Puskas Award in 2009.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi, who is better ?

Messi received the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009, and the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

He also won the 2010-2011 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award and was also names Onze d’Or 2009, 2011 and 2012. He was also the UEFA Champions League in Top Goalscorer in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and Pichichi 2010 and 2012.

  • Records

Ronaldo holds the record for the most goals scored in a season for Real Madrid, the first top European league player to reach 40 goals in a single season for two consecutive years, the fastest Real Madrid Player to reach 100 league goals, and the first player to ever score against every team in a single season in La Liga.

Messi is the first player to score five goals in one UEFA Champions League match & is the first player to top-score in four consecutive Champions Leagues.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi, who is better ?

Also He set the world record for the most goals scored in a season in 2011-12, set the current goal scoring record in a single La Liga Season, with 50 goals, and holds the record for the most goals scored per minute in La Liga. He is the youngest Argentine to ever play in the FIFA World Cup and the first player to ever score against all 19 teams consecutively in La Liga.

  • Comparison

Full name
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro Lionel Andrés Messi
Date of birth
5 February 1985 [ Age 34] 24 June 1987 [ Age 32 ]
1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Place of birth
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Playing position
Forward Forward
7 10
Current club
Juventus F.C. Paris-Saint Germain (PSG)
Club Appearences
894 778
Club goals
674 672
International appearences
179(Portugal) 151 (Argentina)
International goals
109 (Portugal) 76 (Argentina)
Ballon d’Or
5 wins; 6 second-place; 1 third-place 7 wins; 5 second-place; 1 third-place
National team
Portugal Argentina
Ronaldo will take on any defender with searing pace, and mesmerising footwork to boot. His ability to beat a player and whip in crosses makes him a feared opponent. The way his free-kicks swerve with pace and power is a great asset to his team. His ball skills are second to none, his runs from midfield are usually lethal and he is almost impossible to tackle when he gets his head down. His balance when running at speed is incredible. Also his goal scoring ability is amazing.
Known as
CR7 Lionel “Leo” Messi
On occasion, he goes to ground far too easily and sometimes tries a trick when a simple pass would do. Despite his scoring he sometimes messes up a goal scoring opportunity by doing fancy moves he is incapable of pulling off. Too often he searches for a way to finish moves by himself without looking for teammates in a better position to shoot at goal. His strength can be questioned at times when trying to finish close to the net and gets pushed off the ball too easily.
Career high
Won the UEFA Champions League with Manchester United in 2008, and subsequently won the FIFA Ballon d’Or. Won the FIFA Ballon d’Or 4 times in a row.
Career low
Losing to Greece in the final of Euro 2004 on home. Unable to perform to his best in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where Argentina were eliminated in the quarter-finals with Messi looking on from the bench.
Cristiano’s name Ronaldo came from his father’s favourite actor, Ronald Reagan. His debut with the national team (against Hungary) was a disaster: he entered the game in the 18th minute of the second half, and 47 seconds later was sent of. Ironically he would move on to become one of the greatest football players of all time.
Senior career
Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid FC, Juventus F.C. FC Barcelona, Paris-Saint Germain
Club honours
30 34
Individual honours
62 101
Net Worth
around $400 million $600 million


By Rishabh

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