How Lionel Messi's Stats Compare To Cristiano Ronaldo In The Last 10 Years
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both added the latest league titles to their names this season, and Messi could yet win another treble before the season is up, but how do they compare over the last 10 years?
Saturday night was standard Lionel Messi. The Barcelona forward didn't start as the Catalan giants hosted Levante, knowing a win would secure their 26th La Liga title, but he came on in the second half and made the difference.
Messi scored the only goal of the game and Ernesto Valverde and his team earned their second Spanish title in two seasons under the manager.
It also took Messi to 598 career goals for his club but not wanting to be out of the spotlight too long Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed his 600th club goal on the same night as Juventus drew 1-1 in the Derby d'Italia with Inter.
For Ronaldo and Juve the draw didn't mean too much as the Old Lady had already confirmed their eighth league title in a row last weekend.
It seems as always like one footballing genius can't live without the other but one Messi fan compared their stats for the last 10 years and it looks like the Argentine is ahead
League stats over the last decade:- Messi World (@MessiWorId) April 28, 2019
Messi 365-333 Ronaldo
Messi 135-96 Ronaldo
Messi 6-3 Ronaldo
Player of the Year:
Messi 5-1 Ronaldo
Messi 182-103 Ronaldo
Messi 7-3 Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/Hkq9ahvHwa
The stat for titles is slightly wrong as Ronaldo's last Premier League title win with Manchester United came in 2009, 10 years ago, but it still suggests the Portuguese forward is behind his rival.
Of course the stats don't take into account Champions Leagues won with the former Real Madrid forward winning four with Los Blancos and Messi 'only' winning it three times.
Both men have won the Ballon d'Or five times but one of Ronaldo's came in 2008, when he was still with United, so it doesn't count in this timeframe.
It seems likely that the Barca man could still add a sixth such title at the end of this year, especially if his team manage to beat Liverpool and then either Ajax or Spurs to the Champions League title this season.
As always it feels like the debate about who is better will forever rage on.
What stat most defines the difference between them?