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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi before an international friendly between Argentina and Portugal in Geneva, Switzerland, 9 February 2011

The Ronaldo–Messi rivalry is a football rivalry between fans of Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentinian forward Lionel Messi and supposedly between the athletes themselves. Having won a combined ten Ballon d'Or/FIFA Ballon d'Or awards (5 each), both are widely regarded not only as the two best players of their generation, but also regarded by many in the sport, including players, writers and fans, as the greatest of all time. They're two of the most decorated football players ever having won a combined 61 trophies (Ronaldo 28, Messi 33) during their careers thus far, and have regularly broken the 50 goal barrier in a single season. They're amongst the 28 players in the history of the sport to score over 500 career goals, currently ranked at 6th (Ronaldo) and 7th (Messi) respectively, with both having scored over 680 goals each in their careers for club and country.[1][2] Sports journalists and pundits regularly argue the individual merits of both players in an attempt to establish who they believe is the best player in modern football.[3][4][5][6][7] It has been compared to past global sports rivalries such as the Muhammad AliJoe Frazier rivalry in boxing, the Federer–Nadal rivalry, Björn Borg–John McEnroe rivalry in tennis and the Ayrton SennaAlain Prost rivalry in Formula One motor racing.[8][9][10]

Some commentators choose to analyse the differing physiques and playing styles of the two[11] while part of the debate revolves around the contrasting personalities of the two players: Ronaldo is sometimes described as someone of temperamental character while Messi is portrayed with reserved character.[12][13][14][15] It could be the case that this is why Messi is considered trustworthier and more likable by the public,[16] even though Ronaldo improved his reputation since 2013.[17]

At club level, Messi and Ronaldo represented rivals FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, the two players faced each other at least twice every season in the world's most popular regular-season club game, El Clásico (among the most viewed annual sporting events), until Ronaldo's transfer to Italian club Juventus F.C. in 2018.[18][19] Off the field, they are the face of two rival sportswear manufacturers, Messi of Adidas and Ronaldo of Nike, which are also the kit suppliers of their national teams and the opposite for their clubs.[20][21][22] The two highest paid players in football, Messi and Ronaldo are among the world's best paid sports' stars in combined income from salaries, bonuses and off-field earnings. In 2018, Messi edged Ronaldo on Forbes list of the best-paid athletes, earning $111 million, with Ronaldo next at $108 million.[23] They have the two biggest social media followings in the world among sportspeople with a combined 211 million Facebook fans in 2019, Ronaldo having 122 million and Messi 89 million. As well as a combined 270 million followers on Instagram as of 2019, Ronaldo is the most followed individual on the entire service, with over 158 million followers whilst Messi has 112 million followers.[24]

History[edit]

In 2007, Ronaldo and Messi finished as runners-up to A.C. Milan's Kaká in both the Ballon d'Or, an award rewarded to the player voted as the best in the world by an international panel of sports journalists; and the FIFA World Player of the Year, an award voted for by coaches and captains of international teams. In an interview that year, Messi was quoted as saying "Cristiano Ronaldo is an extraordinary player and it would be brilliant to be in the same team as him".[25][26]

They first played in a game together when Manchester United were drawn to play Barcelona in the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League semi-finals and were immediately pitted as major rivals.[27][28][29] Ronaldo missed a penalty in the first leg,[30] but United eventually advanced to the final via a Paul Scholes goal.[31] At the end of the year, Ronaldo was awarded the Ballon d'Or and vowed that he would win the award again.[32][33]

The 2009 UEFA Champions League Final was contested between Manchester United and Barcelona on 27 May 2009 at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. The match, described as a "dream clash",[34] was again hyped as the latest battle between the two, this time to settle who was the best player in the world;[35][36] Ronaldo claimed he was the better of the two[37] while Messi's club-mate Xavi sided with him.[38] United manager Alex Ferguson was more diplomatic, praising both players as being amongst the world's elite talents.[39][40] Messi, playing in a central role he was unaccustomed to so he would avoid a direct battle with United left-back Patrice Evra,[41] scored Barcelona's second in a 2–0 victory with a header in the 70th minute.[42] Meanwhile, Ronaldo was subdued for much of the game despite some early chances to score and his frustration eventually showed when he was booked for a rash tackle on Carles Puyol.[43][44]

Relationship between Ronaldo and Messi[edit]

In a 2015 interview, Ronaldo commented on the rivalry by saying that "I think we push each other sometimes in the competition, this is why the competition is so high"[45] while Ronaldo's manager during his time at Manchester United Alex Ferguson opined that "I don't think the rivalry against each other bothers them. I think they have their own personal pride in terms of wanting to be the best".[46] Messi has denied any rivalry, and blames the media for creating it: "only the media, the press, who wants us to be at loggerheads but I've never fought with Cristiano".[47]

However, it is widely argued and documented that there's an atmosphere of tension between the duo, with Guillem Balagué claiming in Messi that Ronaldo refers to the Argentine counterpart as "motherfucker" behind his back,[48][49] and Luca Caioli saying in his book, Ronaldo: The Obsession for Perfection, that according to his sources, Ronaldo heats up when watching Messi play.[50] In response to claims that he and Messi do not get on well on a personal level, Ronaldo commented: "We don't have a relationship outside the world of football, just as we don't with a lot of other players", before adding that in years to come he hopes they can laugh about it together, stating: "We have to look on this rivalry with a positive spirit, because it's a good thing".[51] On 13 November 2014, Ronaldo also threatened to take legal action over the remarks made by Balagué.[52] After Ronaldo's departure from Madrid to Juventus, Messi admitted to missing him, saying: "I miss Cristiano. Although it was a bit difficult to see him win trophies, he gave La Liga prestige."[53]

Awards and records[edit]

Throughout the existence of the rivalry, the pair have dominated awards ceremonies and broken a multitude of goalscoring records for both club and country, feats which have been described as "incredible", "ridiculous" and "remarkable".[54][55][56] The rivalry itself has been described as one about records and reputation of the players, rather than one based in loathing.[57][58]

Messi is the all time La Liga top scorer as well as being the highest assist provider, while Ronaldo is the UEFA Champions League all-time top goalscorer while Messi is second. The two had broken each other's record over the course of 2015 after Messi surpassed the previous record holder Raúl in November 2014.[59] Ronaldo opened a gap in the 2015–16 season when he became the first player to score double figures in the group stage of the Champions League, setting the record at 11 goals.[60] They are the first two players to score 100 goals in UEFA Champions League history.[61]

They dominated the Ballon d'Or/The Best FIFA Men's Player awards since 2008, and UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award since 2014, however, in 2018 their roughly decade-long triumph was ended by Luka Modrić, seen as "end of an era".[62][63][64] However, Modrić stated in an interview for the France Football that "history will say that a Croatian player, representing his small country, won the Ballon d'Or after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who are players at another level. Nobody has the right to compare themselves to them. They are the best in the history of this sport", and did not think it was the end for them.[65]

Player statistics[edit]

Club statistics
As of 17 March 2019
Lionel Messi
Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004–05 7 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 1
2005–06 17 6 2 1 6 1 0 0 25 8
2006–07 26 14 2 2 5 1 3 0 36 17
2007–08 28 10 3 0 9 6 0 0 40 16
2008–09 31 23 8 6 12 9 0 0 51 38
2009–10 35 34 3 1 11 8 4 4 53 47
2010–11 33 31 7 7 13 12 2 3 55 53
2011–12 37 50 7 3 11 14 5 6 60 73
2012–13 32 46 5 4 11 8 2 2 50 60
2013–14 31 28 6 5 7 8 2 0 46 41
2014–15 38 43 6 5 13 10 0 0 57 58
2015–16 33 26 5 5 7 6 4 4 49 41
2016–17 34 37 7 5 9 11 2 1 52 54
2017–18 36 34 6 4 10 6 2 1 54 45
2018–19 27 31 4 2 6 8 1 0 37 41
Total 444 412 72 50 131 108 27 21 675 593
Cristiano Ronaldo
Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2002–03 25 3 3 2 3 0 0 0 31 5
2003–04 29 4 6 2 5 0 0 0 40 6
2004–05 33 5 9 4 8 0 0 0 50 9
2005–06 33 9 6 2 8 1 0 0 47 12
2006–07 34 17 8 3 11 3 0 0 53 23
2007–08 34 31 3 3 11 8 1 0 49 42
2008–09 33 18 6 3 12 4 2 1 53 26
2009–10 29 26 0 0 6 7 0 0 35 33
2010–11 34 40 8 7 12 6 0 0 54 53
2011–12 38 46 5 3 10 10 2 1 55 60
2012–13 34 34 7 7 12 12 2 2 55 55
2013–14 30 31 6 3 11 17 0 0 47 51
2014–15 35 48 2 1 12 10 5 2 54 61
2015–16 36 35 0 0 12 16 0 0 48 51
2016–17 29 25 2 1 13 12 2 4 46 42
2017–18 27 26 0 0 13 15 4 3 44 44
2018–19 26 19 2 0 7 4 1 1 36 24
Total 539 417 71 41 166 125 19 14 797 597
International statistics
As of 27 March 2018
Lionel Messi[66]
Season Tournament Qualifiers Friendlies Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2005–06 3 1 3 0 4 1 10 2
2006–07 6 2 0 0 4 2 10 4
2007–08 0 0 6 2 4 1 10 3
2008–09 0 0 8 2 1 1 9 3
2009–10 5 0 4 0 2 1 11 1
2010–11 4 0 0 0 7 4 11 4
2011–12 0 0 4 3 5 7 9 9
2012–13 0 0 8 5 4 4 12 9
2013–14 7 4 1 2 3 1 11 7
2014–15 6 1 0 0 4 3 10 4
2015–16 5 5 2 1 3 3 10 9
2016–17 0 0 4 3 1 0 5 3
2017–18 4 1 5 3 0 0 9 4
Total 36 13 44 21 42 27 128 65
Cristiano Ronaldo[67]
Season Tournament Qualifiers Friendlies Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2003–04 6 2 0 0 7 0 13 2
2004–05 0 0 8 7 2 0 10 7
2005–06 6 1 4 0 5 2 15 3
2006–07 0 0 6 5 2 0 8 5
2007–08 3 1 7 3 2 0 12 4
2008–09 0 0 4 0 3 1 7 1
2009–10 4 1 3 0 4 0 11 1
2010–11 0 0 3 2 2 1 5 3
2011–12 5 3 5 5 4 1 14 9
2012–13 0 0 6 1 3 3 9 4
2013–14 3 1 4 7 3 3 10 11
2014–15 0 0 4 5 2 0 6 5
2015–16 7 3 2 0 4 3 13 6
2016–17 4 2 5 11 1 1 10 14
2017–18 4 4 4 4 2 2 10 10
Total 38 18 65 50 46 17 154 85
Hat-tricks
As of 17 March 2019
Lionel Messi
For Against Result Competition Date
Barcelona Real Madrid 3–3 (H) 2005–06 La Liga 10 March 2007
Atlético Madrid 3–1 (A) 2008–09 Copa del Rey 6 January 2009
Tenerife 5–0 (A) 2009–10 La Liga 10 January 2010
Valencia 3–0 (H) 2009–10 La Liga 14 March 2010
Zaragoza 4–2 (A) 2009–10 La Liga 21 March 2010
Arsenal4 4–1 (H) 2009–10 UEFA Champions League 6 April 2010
Sevilla 4–0 (H) 2010 Supercopa de España 21 August 2010
Almería 8–0 (A) 2010–11 La Liga 20 November 2010
Real Betis 5–0 (H) 2010–11 Copa del Rey 12 January 2011
Atlético Madrid 3–0 (H) 2010–11 La Liga 5 February 2011
Osasuna 8–0 (H) 2011–12 La Liga 17 September 2011
Atlético Madrid 5–0 (H) 2011–12 La Liga 24 September 2011
Mallorca 5–0 (H) 2011–12 La Liga 29 October 2011
Viktoria Plzeň 4–0 (A) 2011–12 UEFA Champions League 1 November 2011
Málaga 4–1 (A) 2011–12 La Liga 22 January 2012
Valencia4 5–1 (H) 2011–12 La Liga 19 February 2012
Argentina Switzerland 3–1 (A) Friendly 29 February 2012
Barcelona Bayer Leverkusen5 7–1 (H) 2011–12 UEFA Champions League 7 March 2012
Granada 5–3 (H) 2011–12 La Liga 2 May 2012
Málaga 4–1 (H) 2011–12 La Liga 5 May 2012
Espanyol4 4–0 (H) 2011–12 La Liga 20 March 2012
Argentina Brazil 4–3 (N) Friendly 9 June 2012
Barcelona Deportivo La Coruña 5–4 (A) 2012–13 La Liga 20 October 2012
Osasuna4 5–1 (H) 2012–13 La Liga 27 January 2013
Argentina Guatemala 4–0 (A) Friendly 14 June 2013
Barcelona Valencia4 3–2 (A) 2013–14 La Liga 1 September 2013
Ajax 4–0 (H) 2013–14 UEFA Champions League 18 September 2013
Osasuna 7–0 (H) 2013–14 La Liga 16 March 2014
Real Madrid 4–3 (A) 2013–14 La Liga 23 March 2014
Sevilla 5–1 (H) 2014–15 La Liga 22 November 2014
APOEL 4–0 (H) 2014–15 UEFA Champions League 18 September 2013
Espanyol 5–1 (H) 2014–15 La Liga 7 December 2014
Deportivo La Coruña 4–0 (A) 2014–15 La Liga 18 January 2015
Levante 5–0 (H) 2014–15 La Liga 15 February 2015
Rayo Vallecano 6–1 (H) 2014–15 La Liga 15 March 2015
Granada 4–0 (H) 2015–16 La Liga 9 January 2016
Valencia 7–0 (H) 2015–16 Copa del Rey 3 February 2016
Rayo Vallecano 5–1 (A) 2015–16 La Liga 3 March 2016
Argentina Panama 5–0 (N) Copa América Centenario 10 June 2016
Barcelona Celtic 7–0 (H) 2016–17 UEFA Champions League 13 September 2016
Manchester City 4–0 (H) 2016–17 UEFA Champions League 19 October 2016
Espanyol 5–0 (H) 2017–18 La Liga 9 September 2017
Eibar4 6–1 (H) 2017–18 La Liga 19 September 2017
Argentina Ecuador 3–1 (A) 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification 10 October 2017
Barcelona Leganés 3–1 (H) 2017–18 La Liga 7 April 2018
Deportivo La Coruña 4–2 (A) 2017–18 La Liga 29 April 2018
Argentina Haiti 4–0 (H) Friendly 29 May 2018
Barcelona PSV Eindhoven 4–0 (H) 2018–19 UEFA Champions League 18 September 2018
Levante 5–0 (A) 2018–19 La Liga 16 December 2018
Sevilla 4–2 (A) 2018–19 La Liga 23 February 2019
Real Betis 4–1 (A) 2018–19 La Liga 17 March 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo
For Against Result Competition Date
Manchester United Newcastle United 6–0 (H) 2007–08 Premier League 12 January 2008
Real Madrid Mallorca 4–1 (A) 2009–10 La Liga 5 May 2010
Racing Santander4 6–1 (H) 2010–11 La Liga 23 October 2010
Athletic Bilbao 5–1 (H) 2010–11 La Liga 20 November 2010
Levante 8–0 (h) 2010–11 Copa del Rey 22 December 2010
Villarreal 4–2 (H) 2010–11 La Liga 9 January 2011
Málaga 7–0 (H) 2010–11 La Liga 3 March 2011
Sevilla4 6–2 (A) 2010–11 La Liga 7 May 2011
Getafe 4–0 (H) 2010–11 La Liga 10 May 2011
Zaragoza 6–0 (A) 2011–12 La Liga 28 August 2011
Rayo Vallecano4 6–2 (H) 2011–12 La Liga 24 September 2011
Málaga 4–0 (A) 2011–12 La Liga 22 October 2011
Osasuna 7–1 (H) 2011–12 La Liga 6 November 2011
Sevilla 6–2 (A) 2011–12 La Liga 17 December 2011
Levante 4–2 (H) 2011–12 La Liga 12 February 2012
Atlético Madrid 4–1 (A) 2011–12 La Liga 11 April 2012
Deportivo La Coruña 5–1 (H) 2012–13 La Liga 30 September 2012
Ajax 4–1 (A) 2012–13 UEFA Champions League 18 September 2012
Celta Vigo 4–0 (H) 2012–13 Copa del Rey 9 January 2013
Getafe 4–0 (H) 2012–13 La Liga 27 January 2013
Sevilla 4–1 (H) 2012–13 La Liga 9 February 2013
Portugal Northern Ireland 4–2 (A) 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 6 September 2013
Real Madrid Galatasaray 6–1 (A) 2013–14 UEFA Champions League 17 September 2013
Sevilla 7–3 (H) 2013–14 La Liga 30 October 2013
Real Sociedad 5–1 (H) 2013–14 La Liga 9 November 2013
Portugal Sweden 3–2 (A) 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification November 19, 2013
Real Madrid Deportivo La Coruña 8–2 (A) 2014–15 La Liga 20 September 2014
Elche4 5–1 (H) 2014–15 La Liga 23 September 2014
Athletic Bilbao 5–0 (H) 2014–15 La Liga 5 October 2014
Celta Vigo 3–0 (H) 2014–15 La Liga 6 December 2014
Granada5 9–1 (H) 2014–15 La Liga 5 April 2015
Sevilla 3–2 (A) 2014–15 La Liga 2 May 2015
Espanyol 3–1 (A) 2014–15 La Liga 17 May 2015
Getafe 7–3 (H) 2014–15 La Liga 23 May 2015
Portugal Armenia 3–2 (A) UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying 19 November 2013
Real Madrid Espanyol5 6–0 (A) 2015–16 La Liga 12 September 2015
Shakhtar Donetsk 4–0 (H) 2015–16 UEFA Champions League 15 September 2015
Malmö FF4 8–0 (H) 2015–16 UEFA Champions League 8 December 2015
Espanyol 6–0 (H) 2015–16 La Liga 31 January 2016
Celta Vigo4 7–1 (H) 2015–16 La Liga 5 March 2016
VfL Wolfsburg 3–0 (H) 2015–16 UEFA Champions League 12 April 2016
Portugal Andorra 6–0 (H) 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification 7 October 2016
Real Madrid Alavés 4–1 (A) 2016–17 La Liga 29 October 2016
Atlético Madrid 3–0 (A) 2016–17 La Liga 19 November 2016
Kashima Antlers 4–2 (N) 2016 FIFA Club World Cup 18 December 2016
Bayern Munich 4–2 (H) 2016–17 UEFA Champions League 18 April 2017
Atlético Madrid 3–0 (H) 2016–17 UEFA Champions League 2 May 2017
Portugal Faroe Islands 5–1 (H) 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification 31 August 2017
Real Madrid Real Sociedad 5–2 (H) 2017–18 La Liga 10 February 2018
Girona4 6–3 (H) 2017–18 La Liga 18 March 2018
Portugal Spain 3–3 (N) 2018 FIFA World Cup 15 June 2018
Juventus Atlético Madrid 3–0 (H) 2018–19 UEFA Champions League 12 March 2019

4 or 5 Player scored 4 or 5 goals

Head-to-head[edit]

In recent years, it has been said that the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona has been "encapsulated" by the individual rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi,[68][69] with neither player ever participating in a goalless El Clásico.[70]

Legend
Final
Semi-final
No. Date Competition Home team Away team Score Goals scored by the duo
1 23 April 2008 Champions League Barcelona Manchester United 0–0
2 29 April 2008 Champions League Manchester United Barcelona 1–0
3 27 May 2009 Champions League Barcelona Manchester United 2–0 Messi (Goal 70')
4 29 November 2009 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 1–0
5 10 April 2010 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 0–2 Messi (Goal 33')
6 29 November 2010 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 5–0
7 9 February 2011 Friendly Argentina Portugal 2–1 Ronaldo (Goal 21'), Messi (Goal 90' (pen.))
8 16 April 2011 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 1–1 Messi (Goal 51' (pen.)), Ronaldo (Goal 81' (pen.))
9 20 April 2011 Copa del Rey Real Madrid Barcelona 1–0 (a.e.t.) Ronaldo (Goal 103')
10 27 April 2011 Champions League Real Madrid Barcelona 0–2 Messi (Goal 76'87')
11 3 May 2011 Champions League Barcelona Real Madrid 1–1
12 14 August 2011 Supercopa de España Real Madrid Barcelona 2–2 Messi (Goal 45')
13 17 August 2011 Supercopa de España Barcelona Real Madrid 3–2 Ronaldo (Goal 20'), Messi (Goal 53'88')
14 10 December 2011 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 1–3
15 18 January 2012 Copa del Rey Real Madrid Barcelona 1–2 Ronaldo (Goal 11')
16 25 January 2012 Copa del Rey Barcelona Real Madrid 2–2 Ronaldo (Goal 68')
17 21 April 2012 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 1–2 Ronaldo (Goal 73')
18 23 August 2012 Supercopa de España Barcelona Real Madrid 3–2 Ronaldo (Goal 55'), Messi (Goal 70' (pen.))
19 29 August 2012 Supercopa de España Real Madrid Barcelona 2–1 Ronaldo (Goal 19'), Messi (Goal 45')
20 7 October 2012 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 2–2 Ronaldo (Goal 23'66'), Messi (Goal 31'61')
21 30 January 2013 Copa del Rey Real Madrid Barcelona 1–1
22 26 February 2013 Copa del Rey Barcelona Real Madrid 1–3 Ronaldo (Goal 12'57')
23 2 March 2013 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 2–1 Messi (Goal 18')
24 26 October 2013 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 2–1
25 23 March 2014 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 3–4 Messi (Goal 42'65' (pen.)84' (pen.)), Ronaldo (Goal 55' (pen.))
26 25 October 2014 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 3–1 Ronaldo (Goal 35' (pen.))
27 18 November 2014 Friendly Argentina Portugal 0–1
28 22 March 2015 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 2–1 Ronaldo (Goal 31')
29 21 November 2015 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 0–4
30 2 April 2016 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 1–2 Ronaldo (Goal 85')
31 3 December 2016 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 1–1
32 23 April 2017 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 2–3 Messi (Goal 33'90+2')
33 13 August 2017 Supercopa de España Barcelona Real Madrid 1–3 Messi (Goal 77' (pen.)), Ronaldo (Goal 80')
34 23 December 2017 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 0–3 Messi (Goal 64' (pen.))
35 6 May 2018 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 2–2 Ronaldo (Goal 14'), Messi (Goal 52')

Results[edit]

Competition Games played Messi wins Draws Ronaldo wins Messi goals Ronaldo goals
La Liga 18 10 4 4 11 9
Champions League 5 2 2 1 3 0
Copa del Rey 5 1 2 2 0 5
Supercopa de España 5 2 1 2 6 4
Friendly 2 1 0 1 1 1
Total matches 35 16 9 10 21 19

Last updated 6 May 2018

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