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Comparing Ronaldo And Messi’s Records For Their Countries At International Tournaments

Thomas Harvey

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Comparing Ronaldo And Messi’s Records For Their Countries At International Tournaments

The question of who's better between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has raged for years. But who has the better record at tournaments?

Ronaldo has been on fire for Portugal at Euro 2020 and is the leading scorer at the tournament with five goals.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner's two penalties against France took him to 109 international goals, a joint world record for men's football.



And, having netted in all three of Portugal's group games against Hungary, Germany and France, his overall tally of goals at European Championships now stands at 14.

That's the most by any player in history and his tally of 21 goals in European Championships and World Cups combined is also a record.

Messi has been more prolific in at World Cups, averaging a goal or an assist every 125 minutes for Argentina compared to Ronaldo's of 163.8 minutes.


But, overall, the Portuguese is the dominant force, and he also has an international trophy to his name after his country won Euro 2016.

Messi is yet to emerge victorious at a major international tournament, having lost in the finals of the 2014 World Cup, 2015 Copa America and 2016 Copa America.

Planet Football have done the maths on how the pair compare at international tournaments.

Lionel Messi

World Cup

Games - 19

Goals - 6

Assists - 7

Penalties scored - 0

Mins per goal - 270.8

Minutes per goal or assist - 125

Copa America

Games - 30

Goals - 10

Assists - 14

Penalties scored - 2

Mins per goal - 254.7

Mins per goal or assist - 106.1

Total

Games - 49

Goals - 16

Assists - 21

Penalties scored - 2

Mins per goal - 260.8

Mins per goal or assist - 112.8

Cristiano Ronaldo

World Cup

Games - 17

Goals - 7

Assists - 2

Penalties scored - 2

Mins per goal - 211

Mins per goal or assist - 163.8

Euros

Games - 24

Goals - 14

Assists - 9

Penalties scored - 3

Mins per goal - 147

Minutes per goal or assist - 89.7

Total

Games - 41

Goals - 21

Assists - 11

Penalties scored - 5

Mins per goal - 168.5

Mins per goal or assist - 110.6

Topics: Football News, Football, Euro 2020, Lionel Messi, Portugal, Argentina, Cristiano Ronaldo

Thomas Harvey
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