Here’s how Lionel Messi has performed better than his rival Cristiano Ronaldo over the last decade.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are far by the best players to have played the game over the last decade. The Argentine International added his tenth league title to his name after coming off the bench in the second half to seal the victory against Levante at Nou Camp on Saturday.
On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo cancelled out Radja Nainggolan’s early striker to earn a point against Inter Milan at San Siro. That goal did not affect Juventus’ shape in the Serie A as they already sealed the league title five games before the conclusion of the season. There has been no shortage of goals, but Lionel Messi shrugs Cristiano Ronaldo in every other department in the league.
Not only does Lionel Messi score for fun, but he also leads the way in assists, player of the year, Man of the match awards, and league titles. There is no doubt that the Blaugrana have had more success than Real Madrid domestically over the last decade.
Here is how the statistics compare between these two superstars.
League stats over the last decade:
Messi 365-333 Ronaldo
Messi 135-96 Ronaldo
Messi 6-3 Ronaldo
Player of the Year:
Messi 5-1 Ronaldo
Messi 182-103 Ronaldo
Messi 7-3 Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/Hkq9ahvHwa
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There is no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo has a far better record in the Champions League over Lionel Messi. The Portuguese International has won that prestigious European trophy five times which is the record highest for an individual in the history of the game. He has amassed more goals than Barcelona’s skipper in the Champions League, but Messi’s stats do not look bad in this particular competition.
Lionel Messi has lifted the Champions League twice, but it would take some doing for the Argentine to get near Cristiano Ronaldo in that figure. Not writing off Ronaldo’s brilliance in this competition, but the demand of league title is more than the Champions League. Individuals must be able to perform in the league than Champions League to prove their consistency.
Make no mistake, both these stars have been absolutely phenomenal over the last decade. But, Lionel Messi edges Ronaldo as the stats suggest. However, there are other claims for Lionel Messi to prove himself in a new league, but he has mustered out mad numbers against the other sides in the Champions League.
The enticement for Champions League is higher the La Liga as they prepare to end their four-year drought. Nou Camp faithful are craving to see their side lifting the European competition, but they will have to overcome Liverpool. Lionel Messi has scored just four times in the Champions League Semifinals and he would desire to emphasize that record to carry his team to the finals.
The first leg will take place at Nou Camp on May 1st, followed by the second leg at Anfield on May 7th. It will be an enthralling contest between two entertaining sides and the winner will play Ajax or Tottenham Hotspur in the finals at Wanda Metropolitano on June 1.