Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: Who is better and is the GOAT in football? 

Messi vs Ronaldo

Long have soccer fans debated who is the greatest of all time—Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? Both players have achieved incredible feats throughout their careers, yet there is no clear consensus on who reigns supreme. Let’s take a closer look at the respective accolades of these two legendary footballers. 

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Achievements 

Ronaldo is one of the most decorated footballers in history. He has won five UEFA Champions Leagues, three Premier League titles, two La Liga titles, four Ballons d’Or awards and countless other individual awards. He has also scored over 700 goals in his career, including 450 goals in 438 matches during his nine-year spell at Real Madrid. He also holds several records such as most UEFA Champions League hat-tricks (8), most international goals scored by a European player (104) and most Ballon d’Or awards won by a player (5).  

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi goals in FIFA World Cups
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Lionel Messi’s Achievements 

Messi is also considered one of the best footballers ever and he has a long list of accolades to prove it. He has won 10 La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions Leagues, six Copa del Rey trophies, eight Spanish Super Cups and plenty of individual awards including six Ballon d’Ors. His goal tally stands at 672 goals in 753 appearances for Barcelona since 2004 – an astonishing record that puts him amongst an elite group of top goal scorers ever. From 2012–13 season onwards he has scored 50 or more goals every season which makes him one of only two players to achieve this milestone alongside Ronaldo himself!  

From individual awards to team success, both players have had impressive careers. Cristiano Ronaldo has won 5 Ballon d’Or awards (awarded to the best player in Europe each year) and 3 Golden Shoes (awarded to the top scorer in Europe each year). He’s also won 4 Champions League medals (the highest honor for club teams in Europe). On top of that, he’s won various other league titles for his respective clubs. 

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi career goals 
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Meanwhile, Lionel Messi has won 6 Ballon d’Or awards and 6 Golden Shoes. He’s also won 4 Champions League medals and countless other league titles with Barcelona. So when it comes to individual accolades, it’s a near tie between Ronaldo and Messi. 

When it comes to team success, however, there’s no denying that Messi has had the upper hand over Ronaldo. That said, it’s important to remember that Messi has been playing for Barcelona since 2003 while Ronaldo joined Juventus only recently in 2018. That alone gives him a disadvantage when comparing their collective accomplishments with their respective teams. 

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Additionally, many argue that while Messi may have achieved more team success than Ronaldo due to his longer tenure with Barcelona, many of those accomplishments can be attributed to the fact that he was surrounded by superior teammates like Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez during most of his career at Barcelona—something that cannot be said about Ronaldo during his career with Real Madrid or Juventus. 


Ultimately, whether you choose Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi as the greatest player ever comes down to personal opinion. What cannot be denied is that both players are legends in their own right—and will go down in history as two of the greatest footballers ever seen! As debate continues between fans all around the world on who truly reigns supreme, one thing remains true—these two titans are sure to entertain us for years to come!