Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, arguably two of the greatest footballers ever, both are serial winners and record breakers. The argument about who reigns supreme between the two GOATs doesn’t seem to have an end as they keep pushing each other to be better.
Both players have remained above the rest for over a decade and no one seems to be close. Messi and Ronaldo have set and broken so many records that it has become difficult to keep count. However, while they push themselves to be better and break more records, both players are tied at several records they themselves set.
Here are 10 records Messi and Ronaldo have in common. Enjoy.
1. Five ballon d’or each
Both players currently hold the highest number of ballon d’or. Messi won the award four times in a row until Ronaldo caught up and claimed his fifth in 2017.
2. Most goals scored in the finals of the FIFA club world cup
Both Messi and Ronaldo have scored four goals each in the finals of the FIFA club world cup.
3. Only players to have scored at three FIFA club world cups
Both Ronaldo and Messi are the only players to have scored at three different FIFA club world cups
4. Most appearances in Fifpro XI
Since 2007, both players have appeared in FIFA’s team of the year consistently. With 12 appearances each, they both hold the record.
5. Most hat-tricks in the Champions League
With 8 hat-tricks each, both players have recorded the most hat-tricks scored in the champions League.
6. Most hat-tricks in the group stage of the Champions League in a single season
Both legends have hold the record of having scored two hat-tricks in the group stage of the Uefa Champions League in a single season. Ronaldo took the record in the 15/16 season while Messi equaled it in the 16/17 season.
7. First players to score 20+ goals for over eight consecutive seasons in La liga
Since the 09/10 La Liga season, both Ronaldo and Messi have consistently scored over 20 goals in a season.
8. Most league matches scored in a single season
Both Ronaldo and Messi have the record of most league matches scored in a single season, both are on 27 each
9. Most laliga hatricks in a season
Both Ronaldo and Messi hold the record of scoring the most hat-tricks, 8 each, in a season.
10. Most opponents scored in a season
both players hold the record of scoring against all 19 teams in a la liga season. Messi did his 2011/2012 record setting 50-goal season, while Ronaldo achieved his in the 2014/15 season.