Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have each scored over 700 goals in competitive matches.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have shaped and entertained the decade of world football. The Argentine as an admired genius, the Portuguese as a rather feared perfectionist.
Even at a more mature age – Ronaldo is 35, Messi 33 – both outshine the scenery. The difference: Messi only scored at FC Barcelona, his protective habitat for twenty years, and at Selección. Ronaldo, on the other hand, is the migratory bird, distributing his goals to the leagues in Portugal, England, Spain and Italy as well as the Seleção.
Messi and Ronaldo in Spain
Both drove to the highest heights in a permanent duel in Spain. Thanks to their competition, fueled anew every weekend, even everyday games had unexpected appeal between 2009 to 2018. When Ronaldo scored three times against Granada in the afternoon, Messi scored four goals against Levante in the evening. Or the other way around, both benefited from this. They pushed each other.
Messi and Ronaldo 2019-20 Season
With Messi’s 21st assist in this league season, he beat the weekend in the game in Valladolid the record he had previously held with ex-colleague Xavi Hernández. Possibly a pointer to the future: In his autumn career, he could withdraw more into the middle.
However, since the free spirit Messi has lost the perfectionist Ronaldo as a point of reference and Ronaldo no longer has to work through match by match on the eternal competitor, the hit curve has flattened for both. The Portuguese even stayed under the 30 goal mark in his first year at Juventus, Messi could miss the 40 goals and the championship for the first time this year. The decline may be due to advanced age. Maybe, despite all mutual dislike, the two also need each other for stimulation. In any case, in the struggle for historical records, they still have a few warhorses from earlier times ahead.
According to the statistics experts RSSSF, the Austrian-Czechoslovak striker Pepi Bican (1931–1955) leads the all-time best list of goal scorers with 805 certified competitive goals for the first teams from club or country ahead of Romário (772), Pelé (767), Ferenc Puskás (746) and Gerd Müller (735).
However, the two current heroes are at the forefront in the three-pack classification: Messi scored three goals 54 times, and Ronaldo 56 times.