Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo – stats when they have faced each other

Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus in the summer of 2018 spelled the end of almost a decade with Real Madrid, where he developed and nurtured probably the most iconic football rivalry in history with Lionel Messi. The last match in which the two best footballers in the world faced off was quite fittingly a 2-2 draw in the El Clasico between Barcelona and Real, with a goal apiece for Ronaldo and Messi.

MINUTES PLAYED & GOALS SCORED

Date Competition Team 1 Team 2 Messi goals Ronaldo goals Messi minutes played Ronaldo minutes played
23/04/2008 UCL Barcelona Man Utd 61 90
29/04/2008 UCL Man Utd Barcelona 90 90
27/05/2009 UCL Barcelona Man Utd Messi ( 70') 90 90
29/11/2009 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 90 66
10/04/2010 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona Messi ( 33') 90 90
29/11/2010 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 90 90
09/02/2011 Friendly Argentina Portugal Messi ( 90' (pen.)) Ronaldo ( 21') 90 90
16/04/2011 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona Messi ( 51' (pen.)) Ronaldo ( 81' (pen.)) 90 90
20/04/2011 Copa del Rey Real Madrid Barcelona Ronaldo ( 103') 120 120
27/04/2011 UCL Real Madrid Barcelona Messi ( 76', 87') 90 90
03/05/2011 UCL Barcelona Real Madrid 90 90
14/08/2011 Supercopa de España Real Madrid Barcelona Messi ( 45') 90 90
17/08/2011 Supercopa de España Barcelona Real Madrid Messi ( 53', 88') Ronaldo ( 20') 90 90
10/12/2011 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 90 90
18/01/2012 Copa del Rey Real Madrid Barcelona Ronaldo ( 11') 90 90
25/01/2012 Copa del Rey Barcelona Real Madrid Ronaldo ( 68') 90 90
21/04/2012 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid Ronaldo ( 73') 90 90
23/08/2012 Supercopa de España Barcelona Real Madrid Messi ( 70' (pen.)) Ronaldo ( 55') 90 90
29/08/2012 Supercopa de España Real Madrid Barcelona Messi ( 45') Ronaldo ( 19') 90 90
07/10/2012 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid Messi ( 31', 61') Ronaldo ( 23', 66') 90 90
30/01/2013 Copa del Rey Real Madrid Barcelona 90 90
26/02/2013 Copa del Rey Barcelona Real Madrid Ronaldo ( 12', 57') 90 90
02/03/2013 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona Messi ( 18') 90 33
26/10/2013 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 90 90
23/03/2014 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona Messi ( 42', 65' (pen.), 84' (pen.)) Ronaldo ( 55' (pen.)) 90 90
25/10/2014 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona Ronaldo ( 35' (pen.)) 90 90
18/11/2014 Friendly Argentina Portugal 46 46
22/03/2015 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid Ronaldo ( 31') 90 90
21/11/2015 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 57 90
02/04/2016 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid Ronaldo ( 85') 90 90
03/12/2016 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 90 90
23/04/2017 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona Messi ( 33', 90+2') 90 90
13/08/2017 Supercopa de España Barcelona Real Madrid Messi ( 77' (pen.)) Ronaldo ( 80') 90 24
23/12/2017 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona Messi ( 64' (pen.)) 90 90
06/05/2018 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid Messi ( 52') Ronaldo ( 14') 90 46

Across all 35 matches played against each other, including Ronaldo’s time at Manchester United, domestic cups and international friendlies between Portugal and Argentina, Messi has played for a total of 3074 minutes to Ronaldo’s 2945. The Argentine has scored a total of 22 goals within those matches at a rate of 139.7 minutes per goal. Set against Ronaldo’s 19 goals scored within his minutes in those matches, 129 fewer than Messi’s, his goal-per-minute ratio stands at exactly 155 minutes per goal.

Messi’s 22 goals against Ronaldo have come in a slightly more concentrated fashion, scoring in 16 of the total 35 matches played between the pair. Ronaldo leads that particular stat, having scored in 17 of their meetings. Both have scored in the same match on eight separate occasions, with 11 of their 35 career meetings seeing neither man score. Messi is the only player of the two to score a hat-trick against the other, in a 3-4 victory over Ronaldo’s Real Madrid back in March 2014. That match, along with a 2-2 meeting two years previous, saw four goals in total scored by the two players - more than any other occasion.

RESULTS

Date Competition Team 1 Team 2 Score Messi win Draw Ronaldo win
23/04/2008 UCL Barcelona Man Utd 0–0 0 1 0
29/04/2008 UCL Man Utd Barcelona 1–0 0 0 1
27/05/2009 UCL Barcelona Man Utd 2–0 1 0 0
29/11/2009 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 1–0 1 0 0
10/04/2010 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 0–2 1 0 0
29/11/2010 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 5–0 1 0 0
09/02/2011 Friendly Argentina Portugal 2–1 1 0 0
16/04/2011 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 1–1 0 1 0
20/04/2011 Copa del Rey Real Madrid Barcelona 1–0 (a.e.t.) 0 0 1
27/04/2011 UCL Real Madrid Barcelona 0–2 1 0 0
03/05/2011 UCL Barcelona Real Madrid 1–1 0 1 0
14/08/2011 Supercopa de España Real Madrid Barcelona 2–2 0 1 0
17/08/2011 Supercopa de España Barcelona Real Madrid 3–2 1 0 0
10/12/2011 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 1–3 1 0 0
18/01/2012 Copa del Rey Real Madrid Barcelona 1–2 1 0 0
25/01/2012 Copa del Rey Barcelona Real Madrid 2–2 0 1 0
21/04/2012 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 1–2 0 0 1
23/08/2012 Supercopa de España Barcelona Real Madrid 3–2 1 0 0
29/08/2012 Supercopa de España Real Madrid Barcelona 2–1 0 0 1
07/10/2012 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 2–2 0 1 0
30/01/2013 Copa del Rey Real Madrid Barcelona 1–1 0 1 0
26/02/2013 Copa del Rey Barcelona Real Madrid 1–3 0 0 1
02/03/2013 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 2–1 0 0 1
26/10/2013 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 2–1 1 0 0
23/03/2014 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 3–4 1 0 0
25/10/2014 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 3–1 0 0 1
18/11/2014 Friendly Argentina Portugal 0–1 0 0 1
22/03/2015 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 2–1 1 0 0
21/11/2015 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 0–4 1 0 0
02/04/2016 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 1–2 0 0 1
03/12/2016 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 1–1 0 1 0
23/04/2017 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 2–3 1 0 0
13/08/2017 Supercopa de España Barcelona Real Madrid 1–3 0 0 1
23/12/2017 La Liga Real Madrid Barcelona 0–3 1 0 0
06/05/2018 La Liga Barcelona Real Madrid 2–2 0 1 0
16 9 10

In terms of team victories, Messi’s 16 wins far outstrips the 10 for CR7, with nine draws between them. Taking the Portuguese’s United days out of the equation does not change things – with a win each and a draw between Barcelona and Manchester United over the course of two years of meetings in the Champions League. Within the 30 El Clasicos played (in all competitions) Messi has won twice the games (14) that Ronaldo achieved with Real Madrid (7). The majority of that lead can be found in La Liga, where the Messi vs Ronaldo h2h is at 10-4-4, while they are equal in domestic cup matches on three apiece.

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