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The Twitter thread, titled "Ronaldo being a better goalscorer than Lionel Messi is a myth", begins with Messi owning both Europe's single-season goal record (73) and record for overall goals in a calendar year (91).
Most goals in a single season:- Culé :flag_black: (@MessiScored) January 25, 2021
Lionel Messi - 73
Cristiano Ronaldo - 61
Messi holds the all time record for most goals scored in a single season. pic.twitter.com/gG8vBbVN2f
But it goes on to break down further data, such as the fact that in the nine prolific seasons Ronaldo spent in La Liga with Real Madrid, Messi scored more goals for Barcelona over that same nine-season span.
Then there's Messi's better career goal-per-game ratio, the fact he's scored more goals from outside the box, his greater number of goals in finals and the fact that he got to 700 career goals faster than Ronaldo.
Golden Boots (European leading scorer):- Culé :flag_black: (@MessiScored) January 25, 2021
Lionel Messi - 6
Cristiano Ronaldo - 4
Messi holds the record for most golden boot wins in history,
in addition to most total league top scorer awards (7). pic.twitter.com/dMMMeiDXLB
All time career goals to game ratio:- Culé :flag_black: (@MessiScored) January 25, 2021
1,041 Appearances (*most games played out of all top 20 leading goalscorers in history)
0.72 Ratio pic.twitter.com/cypHt6d7pz
Youngest player between the two to reach every scoring career milestone:- Culé :flag_black: (@MessiScored) January 25, 2021
100 goals: Messi (22 years old)
200 goals: Messi (24 y/o)
300 goals: Messi (25 y/o)
400 goals: Messi (27 y/o)
500 goals: Messi (28 y/o)
600 goals: Messi (30 y/o)
700 goals: Messi (33 5 days y/o)
800: :hourglass_flowing_sand::soon: pic.twitter.com/Yh8cZ9NFtf
The 35-year-old Ronaldo's 760th career goal was hailed as a world record earlier this month. But Messi (who has 719 career goals) is more than two years younger than Ronaldo, so may have time to catch his great rival.
The thread, put together by @MessiScored is packed with info. Though some would argue that statistics can be used in different ways.
Goals scored in finals:- Culé :flag_black: (@MessiScored) January 25, 2021
29 goals (most of all time)
19 Goals (4th in history) pic.twitter.com/WSoRlRs8Je
For example, Ronaldo's inferior career goals per game ratio (0.76 to Messi's 0.86) is in part because the Portuguese was a genuine winger at Sporting CP and in his early years at Manchester United.
Then there's the fact that, while Messi scored slightly more goals than Ronaldo during the nine seasons the two shared in Spain, Ronaldo's goals came at a better ratio (1.02 to Messi's 0.99).
However what's clear is that Messi is an outstanding goalscorer and finisher - something that gets talked about less, perhaps, because of his incredible all-round skill set.
He is also on course to pass Juventus ace Ronaldo in the all-time goalscoring stakes, if Messi can continue around his current rate. But that depends on Barca's No 10 continuing to play longer than CR7 - and for all we know Ronaldo might keep playing until age 40 and beyond.
The debate around the pair will seemingly never end. But what nobody can dispute is that they are two of the most prolific, record-breaking goalscorers the game has ever seen.
Most consecutive matchdays scored in:- Culé :flag_black: (@MessiScored) January 25, 2021
Lionel Messi - 21 games in a row in 12/13, the all time record
(33 goals in the run)
Cristiano Ronaldo - 11 in 19/20, ranked 12th of all time
(16 goals in the run) pic.twitter.com/sbfo1g2LWC
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