One of the most hotly contested comparisons between the two most talented players in football today is decided once and for all. There is no doubt that the winners of the last eight, yes EIGHT, Ballon d’Or awards have earned the respect and recognition as the world’s best football player in their own right. Now head-to-head, comparing statistics from their best and worst seasons we show you at least 10 reasons CR7 dominates the sport and his rival Leo.
1. Goal scoring awards
Since joining Real Madrid in 2009, Christiano Ronaldo has the award for fastest player to score 50, 100, and 200 goals in La Liga.
Even though Messi is four goals shy of the 300 mark, he has been in the Spanish league for 5 more years.
2. Free Kicks
The unique way in which Ronaldo strikes a dead ball, produces some of the best goals on the highlight reel. Translating to 41 goals from free kicks and penalties.
Messi will have to put in a lot of time on the training pitch to get his tally of 15 up to Ronaldo’s impressive rate.
3. Goals to Game Ratio; CR7 = 0.97, Leo = 0.82
At the time of writing, Christiano has 28 appearances and 27 goals in all competitions this season and almost has a goal per game. In football terms this defines the indefensible. How do you stop a man who can almost guarantee to score against you every time?
While Messi’s record is not to be scoffed at, in the 5 fewer games he’s played in this season he has eight fewer goals. This number is even more impressive when we learned that they each scored these goals in 13 games.