Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi Scored 100 Goals Between Them In 2018

Even though they aren't getting any younger, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continue to be above everyone else in world football.

The pair of five-time Ballon d'Or winners have ended 2018 with a quite ridiculous 100 goals between them in a single calendar year after Ronaldo bagged a brace as Juventus beat Sampdoria 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium.

Ronaldo took his tally to 14 in his first 19 Serie A games but was denied a hat-trick that would have brought him 50 goals for the eight consecutive year.

Messi, meanwhile, finishes two goals ahead of his rival in terms of goals for club and country in 2018, having netted 51 in all competitions.

Quite simply, the two are in a whole different stratosphere and we ought to be grateful to have seen them both play in the same era.

Not too long ago, Ronaldo urged Messi to join him in Italy after he made a £99 million move to Juventus in the summer window.

Image: PA
Image: PA

"I played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, in the national team, while he is still in Spain. Maybe he needs me more," the ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid attacker said, as per Goal.

"For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy. I would like him to come to Italy one day. Like me, accept the challenge."

Messi was recently asked about possibly taking their rivalry to Italy but the Argentine really isn't interested at all and doesn't feel he needs a change.

Accepting Ronaldo's challenge to join Italian football? I don't need any change," the Barcelona talisman said to Marca.

"I'm at the best team in the world. My challenges are renewed year after year. I do not need to change teams or leagues to set new goals. I am at home and I do not need to change."

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