Messi has now scored more than Cristiano despite playing significantly less.
Lionel Messi is in good form. The Argentine forward is back from injury and showed it with two goals and two assists against Real Valladolid on Tuesday. Messi’s strikes took him ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in one goal ranking.
Messi, who against Liverpool last season scored his 600th goal, is now on 608 goals in his career. Cristiano Ronaldo is on 606 goals. In 16 seasons at Barca, Messi has hit those 608 goals in 695 games. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has 606 goals in 814 games – 119 more games than Messi.
Messi’s numbers are insane. The forward, who has only played at Barca, has 0.87 goals per game, while Ronaldo has 0.74 per game across his career at Sporting Lisbon, Man United, Madrid and now Juventus.
According to the (MessivsRonaldo.net) website, here’s how the pair compare in terms of goals, hat-tricks and goal ratios as of 26 February: All-time career (club and country, but excluding club friendlies)
Ronaldo: 636 goals and 204 assists in 895 appearances
Messi: 598 goals and 246 assists in 745 appearances
Hat-tricks: Ronaldo 49; Messi 44
Career goal ratio: Ronaldo 0.71; Messi 0.80
Club career (excluding friendlies)
Ronaldo: 557 goals and 177 assists in 748 club appearances
Messi: 537 goals and 209 assists in 622 appearances
Hat-tricks: Ronaldo 44; Messi 39
Club goal ratio: Ronaldo 0.74; Messi 0.86
International career (friendly and competitive matches)
Ronaldo: 79 goals and 27 assists in 147 appearances for Portugal
Messi: 61 goals and 37 assists in 123 appearances for Argentina
Hat-tricks: Ronaldo 5; Messi 5
International goal ratio: Ronaldo 0.54; Messi 0.50