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Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: 2021 comparison

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi
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Let’s find out which one of the two superstars had the better stats last year.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi has shaped one of the most controversial rivalries in the history of football. Deciding on who is the ultimate GOAT is still an ongoing debate. But, as fans constantly compare the two superstars, we need more specific stats to understand their recent forms.

Let’s check out Ronaldo vs Messi: The 2021 edition!

SubjectCristiano RonaldoLionel Messi
Total Goals4743
Total assists718
Club goals3434
International goals139
Champions League goals67
Minutes-per-goal in club football125116
Non-penalty goals3737
Free-kick goals05
Team trophiesCoppa Italia + Supercoppa ItalianaCopa del Ray + Coppa America
Ballon d’Or rankings6th1st

Two big transfers

Ronaldo and Messi both moved to new clubs in the summer transfer window. Ronaldo made a sensational return to Old Trafford while Messi left Barcelona after 21 years to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Here are Ronaldo and Messi’s league stats since their sensational summer transfers.