Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi may have told the world severally that they’re not in competition with each other, but their cut-throat competition cannot be hidden on and off the pitch of play given that they’ve displayed in a captivating manner through their performances which has created a never-ending rivalry between them.
Also, both of them have dominated the football scene for more than a decade, scoring more than one thousand goals between them – which has never happened before in football history.
In their thirties, the competition gets stronger and fiercer each season as Ronaldo continues scoring and winning in the Serie A with Juventus, while Messi on the other hand keeps on putting up massive displays for the Blaugrana side. They’ve done this for over a decade now and in the process, they’ve set some seemingly unassailable records.
Eight Messi and Ronaldo Records That Will Never Be Broken
1. Longevity – 20+ Goals In The League For 12 Straight Seasons (Ronaldo)
Crazy goal scorer, Ronaldo’s ability to deliver goals every season is the factor that stands him out among his peers.
The Portuguese has surpassed the 20 goal mark in the Italian SerieA in 2020-2021 which helped him to set a new record of being the first player to score 20+ goals in league games in 12 consecutive seasons.
Meanwhile, it’s more ridiculous when all the competitions are included; it makes it 16 straight seasons that he’s scored at least 10 goals.
Even Lionel Messi has found it extremely difficult to rival this feat.
2. Ballon D’ors – The Youngest Player to Win 4 Ballon D’ors (Messi)
Clearly, this is a record beyond Ronaldo’s reach even with his hard work. Messi became the youngest player to win 4 Ballon D’ors in 2012.
Under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, Messi was absolutely stunning between 2009 and 2012; he won his fourth Ballon D’or at the age of 25 years, 6 months and 15 days.
So it’s not only Ronaldo that will be unable to break this record, it’s a harder challenge even for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
3. 91 Goals – Highest Number of Goals In One Year (Messi)
Leo Messi’s best individual year was 2012, It was a year that Barcelona fans will forever relish. Meanwhile, 2012 was also a year Ronaldo recorded his personal best in a single calendar year, scoring a staggering 71 goals.
However, It was Messi who beat the record number of goals scored in a year. The Argentine playmaker netted a whooping 91 goals between January 1st to December 31st of 2021; smashing Gerd Muller’s record of 85 goals in the 1972-73 season. Muller scored 67 goals with Bayern Munich and 18 with West Germany that year.
Messi scored 79 goals with Barcelona and 12 with Argentina – This performance from Ronaldo and Messi was a surreal one.
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4. 50+ Goals in 6 Seasons In a Row (Ronaldo)
Ronaldo is a very fantastic and consistent goal scorer; the Juventus ace has decimated defences for club and country. He’s so persistent with scoring goals that managers are unable to fathom a way of stopping him.
He’s scored more than 50 goals in a season for 6 seasons in a row (that was from 2010/2011 – 2015/2016).
The only player close to matching this unbeatable record is his long term rival, Lionel Messi who scored more goals in the last decade than CR7. However, he couldn’t break Ronaldo’s 50+ goals all through last decade.
5. 60 Goals – Played Consecutive Seasons With 60 Goals At Least (Messi)
Lionel Andres Messi also knows how to score goals aplenty. He’s the only player to score 60+ goals in back to back seasons.
Again, after Messi scored 73 goals with Barcelona in the 2011-2012 season, he scored 60 goals in the following season (2012-2013).
How untiring could Messi be? It will take an extraordinary player to beat this record!
6. Scoring 50 Goals In Three Different Leagues (Ronaldo)
Cristiano Ronaldo keeps breaking records even at Juventus as he’s become the first player to score more than 50 goals in the Italian Serie A, Spanish La liga and the English Premier League.
He scored 84 goals with Manchester United in the Premier League, 311 goals at Real Madrid and he’s close to reaching a century of goals with Juventus. His goals for the Old Ladies stands at 93.
7. Consistency – Successive Number of Matches With A Goal In The League (Messi)
Lionel Messi was astonishing in the 2012-2013 La Liga season, scoring in 21 matches on the bounce in the league (33 goals in 21 La Liga matches).
Another record he also snatched from Gerd Muller who held it since 1970. Muller scored 22 goals in 16 matches in a row with Bayern Munich.
8. Top Scorer In The UEFA Champions League For 6 Straight Seasons (Ronaldo)
Altogether, Cristiano Ronaldo has notched 134 goals in the UEFA Champions League., and he’s also the top scorer of the competition.
His goal scoring record particularly in the knockout stages of the biggest football club competition is enough to intimidate whichever opponent he’s to face.
Also, CR7 has been able to be the top scorer for 6 straight seasons. The player who’s come close to him is Lionel Messi who’s been the top scorer in the UCL for 4 times in a row.Which of these records do you think will be easy to break for years to come? Or you think there are more records that weren’t included in this piece?
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