In Brief

Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo: Champions League and international records

How the duo compare at the top level for club and country

Ronaldo vs. Messi in European football

Statistics according to Uefa.com:

  • Champions League goals (group stage to final): Ronaldo 137 (18 for Man Utd; 105 for Real Madrid; 14 for Juventus); Messi 123 (120 for Barcelona; 3 for PSG)
  • Total Uefa competition goals: Ronaldo 140; Messi 126
  • Champions League hat-tricks: Ronaldo 8; Messi 8 
  • All-time Champions League group stage goals: Ronaldo 70; Messi 74  
  • Did you know? Ronaldo is the only player to score in three Uefa Champions League finals, and the first to score in 11 successive Champions League matches 
Champions League head-to-head
  • Ronaldo Champions League winners’ medals - 5: 2007–08 (with Man Utd); 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18 (with Real Madrid) 
  • Messi Champions League winners’ medals - 4: 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15 (all with Barcelona)
  • Career Champions League hat-tricks: 8 each
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

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International careers (friendly and competitive matches)

  • Ronaldo: 115 goals and 32 assists in 182 appearances for Portugal 
  • Messi: 80 goals and 47 assists in 156 appearances for Argentina 
  • Hat-tricks: Ronaldo 10; Messi 7
  • International goal ratio: Ronaldo 0.63; Messi 0.51
  • Penalties: Ronaldo 16 (7 missed); Messi 18 (4 missed)

Fifa World Cup tournament records

Ronaldo’s World Cup goals
  • 2006: 1 
  • 2010: 1 
  • 2014: 1 
  • 2018: 4
Messi’s World Cup goals
  • 2006: 1 
  • 2010: 0 
  • 2014: 4 
  • 2018: 1

Ronaldo’s Uefa European Championship finals record

  • Tournaments: 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020
  • All-time finals record: 14 goals in 24 matches 
  • Euro 2004: two goals
  • Euro 2008: one goal
  • Euro 2012: three goals
  • Euro 2016: three goals (Portugal won the tournament)
  • Euro 2020: five goals (top scorer)

Messi’s Copa America finals record 

  • Tournaments: 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2021
  • All-time finals record: 13 goals in 34 matches
  • 2007 Copa America: two goals 
  • 2011 Copa America: zero goals 
  • 2015 Copa America: one goal
  • 2016 Copa América Centenario: five goals
  • 2019 Copa America: one goal
  • 2021 Copa America: four goals (Argentina won the tournament)

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