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1 Early Life
2 Career
2.1 Playing Style
2.2 Goals scored
2.3 Misses
2.4 International
2.5 Awards
2.6 Records
2.7 Controversies
3 Personal Life
4 Notable Quotes
4.1 By the players
4.2 About the players
5 Recent News
6 References

Cristiano Ronaldo , a Portuguese footballer and
striker for Real Madrid, and Lionel Messi, an
Argentinean forward for Barcelona are two of the
greatest footballers (soccer players) of our time.
Ronaldo is the older of the two, has played in more
games and scored more goals than Messi.

Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or for a record 4
times (2010–12, 2015) and Ronaldo won the award
in 2013 and 2014. Messi was runner up in the years
Ronaldo won the award, while Ronaldo was runner
up in 2011 and 2012.

Comparison chart

Cristiano Ronaldo                  Lionel Messi
(3121 ratings)                         (3129 ratings)

Full name

Cristiano Ronaldo dos           Lionel Andrés Messi
Santos Aveiro


1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)                      1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)

Date of birth

5 February 1985 [ Age 31]      24 June 1987 [ Age 28 ]

Place of birth

Funchal, Madeira,                     Rosario, Santa Fe,Argentina

Playing position

Forward                                    Forward


7                                                   10

Current club

Real Madrid C.F.                        F.C. Barcelona

Club Appearences

673                                                531

Club goals

487                                                453

International appearences

119                                               113

National team

Portugal                                            Argentina


Ronaldo will take on any              His ball skills are second
 defender with searing                  to none, his runs from 
pace,and mesmerising                   midfield are usually  
footwork to boot. His                      lethal and he is almost
ability to beat a player                   impossible to tackle
and whip in crosses                        when he gets his head
makes him a feared                        down. His balance when
opponent. The way his                   running at speed is
free-kicks swerve with                   incredible. Also his goal
pace and power is a                        scoring ability is
great asset to his team.                  amazing.

Known as

CR7                                                     Lionel "Leo" Messi


La Liga                                              La Liga


On occasion, he goes to                 Too often he searches
ground far too easily                      for a way to finish
and sometimes tries a                    without looking for
trick when a simple pass               teammates in a better
would do. Despite his                     position to shoot at
scoring he sometimes                     goal. His strength can
messes up a goal                              be questioned at times
scoring opportunity by                  when trying to finish
doing fancy moves he is                 close to the net and
incapable of pulling off.                 gets pushed off the ball too easily.

Games appearances

742                                                      611

Goals Scored

488                                                      490

Career high

Won the UEFA                                 Won the FIFA Ballon
Champions League with                d'Or 4 times in a row.
Manchester United in
2008, and subsequently
won the FIFA Ballon

Career low

Losing to Greece in the               Unable to perform to his
final of Euro 2004 on home.     best in the 2006 World
                                                         Cup in Germany, where
                                                         Argentina were
                                                         eliminated in the
                                                         quarter-finals with Messi
                                                         looking on from the


Cristiano's name                        His debut with the
Ronaldo came from his            national team (against
father's favourite actor,           Hungary) was a disaster:
 Ronald Reagan.                         he entered the game in
                                                       the 18th minute of the
                                                       second half, and 47
                                                       seconds later was sent
                                                       of. Ironically he would
                                                      move on to become one
                                                      of the greatest football
                                                       players of all time.

Senior career

Sporting CP, Manchester         FC Barcelon
United, Real Madrid FC

Club honours

12                                                  21

Individual honours

62                                                 101


$221 million                              $210 million

Cristiano Ronaldo (L,
in Red), Lionel Messi
(R, in white and blue
stripes) – Portugal vs.
Argentina, 9th Feb 2011

Early Life

Ronaldo was born in Funchal, Madeira, in Portugal,
on February 5th 1985. He began playing football at
age 8, when he joined amateur youth team
Andorinha. In 1995, he signed with the local club
Nacional, and was then signed by Sporting CP.
Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 24th
1987. He started playing football at age 5, when he
joined a local club coached by his father. He moved
to Newell’s Old Boys in 1995, but at age 11, he was
diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. The
sporting director of FC Barcelona, Carles Rexach,
became aware of his talent and gave him a trial
with the team, offering to pay his medical bills if he
moved to Spain. He moved to Barcelona with his
father and enrolled in the club’s youth academy.


Ronaldo becgan his adult career with Sporting CP
in 2002. He was signed by Manchester United in
2003, after which he won the FA Cup. He is the
captain of the national Portugal team and has
played in the team since 2003. In 2009, he
transferred to Real Madrid, his current team.

Messi played in Barcelona’s junior teams between
2000 and 2003, before debuting for FC Barcelona C
team on November 29th 2003. He began playing for
the FC Barcelona B team on 6th March 2004. He
began playing for the main Barcelona team in 2004,
and has played there ever since. He has also played
for the Argentinean team since 2005, and is
currently their team captain.

Playing Style

Ronaldo is a fast striker who scores with his head
and both feet.
Messi has a lower center of gravity than most
players, allowing him to change direction quickly
and evade tackles. He uses short bursts of
acceleration on the field and is predominantly a
left-footed player. He plays a free attack and a
playmaking role, and is known for his finishing, his
pace, dribbling, vision and passing ability.

Goals scored

In his first team, Sporting CP, Ronaldo scored 3
goals. He scored 84 goals during his 6 years at
Manchester United, and has scored 112 goals for
Real Madrid. He has scored 35 goals for the
national Portuguese team.

Messi scored 5 goals with the Barcelona C team
and 6 with the Barcelona B team, before joining the
main Barcelona team, where he was made 214
appearances and scored 169 goals. In the
Argentinean national team, he has appeared 70
times and scored 26 goals.

Since the 2010 World Cup, Messi and Ronaldo have
scored similarly overall, with Messi being
responsible for 291 goals and assists in 201 games
and Ronaldo being responsible for 289 goals and
assists in around 220 games.
While both Messi and Ronaldo are known for
scoring goals, they also frequently assist their
teammates. However, Messi has more assists than


Many goals Messi and Ronaldo have scored are the
stuff of legend. Nevertheless they have had their
fair share of misses. 

International Career

Messi and Ronaldo have done exceedingly well
playing for Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.
But their record for their national teams has been
mixed. Messi is the highest scorer for Argentina
with 55 goals in 113 matches, which also makes
him the highest-capped player for Argentina.
However, success has eluded Messi and the
Argentine national team when it comes to victories
in the World Cup or the Copa America. In fact, after
a penalty shoot-out loss to Chile in the 2016 Copa
America in which Messi missed a penalty shot, he
announced that he would end his international
career playing for Argentina.
Cristiano Ronaldo is likewise the top goalscorer and
highest capped player for Portugal, with 60 goals in
130 games. But Portugal has failed to win any
world cups or UEFA European Football
championships with Ronaldo on the team.


Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or
in 2008, the European Golden
Shoe in 2008 and 2011, and
was named FIFPro Player of
the Year, World Soccer
Player of the Year, Onze d’Or
and the FIFA World Player of
the Year in 2008. He was
also named FWA Footballer
of the Year in 2007 and
2008, and was awarded the
FIFA Puskas Award in 2009.

Messi received the Ballon
d’Or and FIFA World Player
of the Year in 2009, and the
FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010,
2011 and 2012. He also won
the 2010-2011 UEFA Best
Player in Europe Award and
was also names Onze d'Or
2009, 2011 and 2012. He
was also the UEFA Champions League in Top
Goalscorer in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and
Pichichi 2010 and 2012.

                                Messi's shots are more accurate than Ronaldo's.


Ronaldo holds the record for the most goals scored
in a season for Real Madrid, the first top European
league player to reach 40 goals in a single season
for two consecutive years, the fastest Real Madrid
Player to reach 100 league goals, and the first
player to ever score against every team in a single
season in La Liga.

Messi is the first player to score five goals in one
UEFA Champions League match. He is the first
player to top-score in four consecutive Champions
Leagues. He set the world record for the most
goals scored in a season in 2011-12, set the current
goal scoring record in a single La Liga Season, with
50 goals, and holds the record for the most goals
scored per minute in La Liga. He is the youngest
Argentine to ever play in the FIFA World Cup and
the first player to ever score against all 19 teams
consecutively in La Liga.


Ronaldo sparked controversy by comparing his
contract with Manchester United to slavery.

Messi was accused of racism by Royston Drenthe
in 2012. Drenthe claims that Messi called him
“negro” during play.

Personal Life

Ronaldo became a father on 3rd July 2010 and his
son, Cristiano, is in his custody. Since the start of
2010, he has been dating the Russian model Irina
Shayk. He visited Indonesia to raise money for
reconstruction after the 2004 earthquake and
tsunami, and he has also donated money to
hospitals and to fund treatment for a young boy in
Madeira. He

Messi is dating Antonella Roccuzzo. She 
expected their  first child in September 2012. Messi
established the Leo Messi Foundation in 2007 to
support access to education and health care for
vulnerable children. He is a goodwill ambassador

Notable Quotes By the players

“ I don't consider myself as the best player in the
world. I'm not obsessed with individual titles.
I'm much more interested in being part of a
team which wins trophies. ” – Cristiano Ronaldo.

“ Something deep in my character allows me to
take the hits and get on with trying to win. ” –
Lionel Messi.

About the players

" I have nothing but praise for the boy. He is
easily the best player in the world. He is better
than Kaka and better than Messi. He is streets
ahead of them all. His contribution as a goal
threat is unbelievable. His stats are incredible.
Strikes at goal, attempts on goal, raids into the
penalty box, headers. It is all there. Absolutely
astounding. " - Sir Alex Ferguson, July 2009.

" Messi is my Maradona, " - said Maradona
himself, as the head coach of the Argentine
national team.

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