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Sport Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Champions League records compared

18:41  28 october  2020
18:41  28 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The Champions League returned last week with 16 games, over two nights, stretched across an entire continent - but once again it was Lionel Messi who hogged the headlines.

Messi became the first player to score in 16 consecutive Champions League seasons with the opener in Barcelona's 5-1 rout of Ferencvaros, taking his tally in the competition to 116.

Messi now has daylight between him and his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who will be looking to score in a 15th straight Champions League campaign this term when he returns from self-isolation. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema missed the chance to match the Argentine when he drew a blank in their defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk.

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a hand holding a football ball on a baseball field: Lionel Messi scored for the 16th straight Champions League season - taking his tally to 116 © Provided by Daily Mail Lionel Messi scored for the 16th straight Champions League season - taking his tally to 116 Cristiano Ronaldo sitting in front of a curtain: Ronaldo has scored in 14 consecutive Champions League seasons, one behind Messi © Provided by Daily Mail Ronaldo has scored in 14 consecutive Champions League seasons, one behind Messi

The Messi v Ronaldo debate, which has dominated world football for the last decade, has a few rounds left in it yet as Barca and Juve feature in the same group. Ronaldo will, however, miss the opportunity to reunite will his rival tonight after returning another positive coronavirus test.  They are due to meet again on December 8.

Here, Sportsmail looks at their mind-boggling Champions League numbers and records.

Who has scored the most Champions League goals?

Messi and Ronaldo are in a constant tug-of-war for records and individual accolades. When it comes to goals scored, Ronaldo is leading by 14 with the score 130-116 to Juve's former Real Madrid man.

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Messi does have a better goal-per-game ratio though with a mark of 0.8 from 144 appearances while Ronaldo, who has played 170 matches, is on 0.76.

Messi has scored all of his Champions League goals for Barcelona, whereas Ronaldo has only reached 105 for one single club - Real Madrid. He also has goals for Manchester United in the competition.

a man throwing a ball: Messi holds the record for the most Champions League goals for one single club - Barcelona © Provided by Daily Mail Messi holds the record for the most Champions League goals for one single club - Barcelona Cristiano Ronaldo holding a basketball: While Ronaldo holds the record for the most Champions League goals scored in total - 130 © Provided by Daily Mail While Ronaldo holds the record for the most Champions League goals scored in total - 130

Who has scored the most group-stage goals?

Tonight's encounter between Juve and Barca would have been the first time Messi and Ronaldo have met in the group stage, having faced each other five times in later rounds.

Messi has scored 69 times in group-stage matches, trumping Ronaldo’s tally of 63.

Not only has Messi scored more goals than Ronaldo in the tournament's early match-ups, he has also done it in fewer games. Ronaldo is the record holder for the most appearances in the group stages (89), while Messi (73) sits sixth in the chart.

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Messi has scored 69 times in Champions League group stages, trumping Ronaldo's 63 © Provided by Daily Mail Messi has scored 69 times in Champions League group stages, trumping Ronaldo's 63 a football player on a field: Ronaldo has, however, scored more goals in the Champions League knockout stages © Provided by Daily Mail Ronaldo has, however, scored more goals in the Champions League knockout stages

Who are their victims?

Everybody has their favourites and Messi and Ronaldo are no different.


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Messi has faced 42 opponents in Europe but he has a soft spot for Arsenal - helping himself to nine goals in six matches against them - with four coming in one game during the 2009-10 campaign.

He has also found the net on eight occasions against AC Milan and Celtic, seven times against Bayer Leverkusen and six against both Manchester City and Ajax.

Juventus star Ronaldo has played against 54 teams in the competition – facing 34 of them as a Real Madrid player – and his favourite team to score against is the one he plays for now (so no wonder they signed him!)

Ronaldo has scored more goals against his current employer than any other side after putting 10 past them.

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Ronaldo does, however, spread it around more than Messi, recording seven against Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and Schalke, as well as six against APOEL Nicosia, Galatasaray and Malmo.

a group of men playing a game of football: Messi has faced 42 different clubs in Europe but his favourite opponents to play are Arsenal © Provided by Daily Mail Messi has faced 42 different clubs in Europe but his favourite opponents to play are Arsenal a man in a baseball game: Whereas Ronaldo's favourite team to score against are Juventus - who he joined in 2018 © Provided by Daily Mail Whereas Ronaldo's favourite team to score against are Juventus - who he joined in 2018

MESSI'S STATS

Messi holds the record for the most Champions League group stage goals – 68.

He also hold the record for the most Champions League round of 16 goals - 26.

Messi is the second-highest goalscorer in the Champions League with 116. Ronaldo is the highest with 130.

Messi has, however, scored the most goals for a single club in the Champions League - 116. Only Ryan Giggs has scored in as many Champions League campaigns.

Messi has finished as the highest goal-scorer in a single Champions League on six occasions (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2014-15 and 2018-19). In the 2014-2015 season he held the record with Neymar and Ronaldo.

Messi has won the Champions League four times.

Messi has made the second highest number of appearances for Barcelona in the Champions League - 144 times.

Messi is the sixth all-time appearance holder in the Champions League.

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He has also scored against 34 opponents in the Champions League - one more than Ronaldo.

RONALDO'S STATS

Ronaldo has scored 130 Champions League goals in just 170 games.

The majority of Ronaldo’s goals have come during his time at Real Madrid – scoring 105 times in 101 appearances.

Since joining Juventus in 2018, Ronaldo has scored 10 goals in 17 Champions League matches.

Ronaldo holds a joint record with Messi for the most Champions League hat-tricks – eight.

Ronaldo has scored against a total of 33 Champions League opponents - only Messi has scored against more (34).

Ronaldo’s 17 goals for Madrid during 2013-2014 campaign is the most scored by a player in a single Champions League campaign.

Ronaldo is the only player to have scored in three Champions League finals.

He is also the only player to have scored in all six games in a Champions League group games.

Ronaldo hold the record for the most goals scored in consecutive Champions League games - 11.

He has also won the competition more times than anyone else, picking up five Champions League titles.

Who delivers the most knockout blows?

Ronaldo comes alive in the knockout stages having scored 67 goals compared with Messi’s 47

The Portuguese is the record holder for the most goals scored in Champions League finals with four, from six games. Next in line is his former Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale (three), followed by a string of players, including Messi, on two.

Ronaldo is one of seven players to score twice in a final - in 2017 for Real against Juventus - while Messi has never bagged a brace in the biggest game.

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Three and easy - how many hat-tricks?

There is nothing quite like a Champions League showboat and it is safe to say both of these players have had their fair share.

Messi and Ronaldo have registered EIGHT hat-tricks each during their Champions League career so far.

Messi stands alone though as the man who scored FIVE goals in one game - Barca's 7-1 destruction of Bayer Leverkusen in the last-16 in 2011-12.

Ronaldo’s most notable treble came against Atletico Madrid as he single-handedly overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to fire Juve into the quarter-final in 2019.

Bernd Leno et al. playing football on a field: Messi gets hat-trick bragging rights after scoring five goals against Leverkusen in 2011-2012 © Provided by Daily Mail Messi gets hat-trick bragging rights after scoring five goals against Leverkusen in 2011-2012 Cristiano Ronaldo, Leonardo Bonucci are posing for a picture: Ronaldo’s most notable hat-trick was against Atletico Madrid to see Juve to make the quarters © Provided by Daily Mail Ronaldo’s most notable hat-trick was against Atletico Madrid to see Juve to make the quarters

But what about the ultimate prize?

Ronaldo has conquered Europe five times to Messi's four.

Messi was first to get his hands on the trophy when Barcelona beat Arsenal in Paris in 2006, although he missed the final through injury - and didn't celebrate.

He more than made up for his disappointment when he scored Barca's second in the 2009 Rome win over Man United to spoil Ronaldo's final game in red before leaving to join Real Madrid.

Messi went on to lift the trophy on two more occasions, scoring in a man-of-the-match display against United again in 2011 at Wembley before beating Juventus in Berlin four years later.

Like Messi, Ronaldo suffered mixed emotions during his first Champions League win in 2008 - scoring in normal time before missing in the penalty shootout as Man United and Chelsea went the distance in Moscow.

Following his then world-record £80m transfer to Real Madrid in 2009, Ronaldo had to wait five years for another final shot and scored the fourth goal of a 4-1 extra-time win over Atletico.

Ronaldo and Real beat Atletico again in 2016, on penalties, and this time he didn't miss - before his double against Juventus 12 months later and that win over Liverpool to complete three in a row for Madrid and five overall for him.

Ronaldo picked up five Champions League titles during his time at former club Real Madrid © Provided by Daily Mail Ronaldo picked up five Champions League titles during his time at former club Real Madrid Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma, Cyril Benzaquen, Eric Abidal standing in front of a crowd: Messi, on the other hand, has picked up a total of four Champions League titles © Provided by Daily Mail Messi, on the other hand, has picked up a total of four Champions League titles Read more

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