Messi Is a Better Gamer Than Cristiano Ronaldo

After losing the Player of the Year award (Ballon d’Or) to Lionel Messi for 4 successive years Cristiano Ronaldo won the honor in 2013. This and the fantastic start Ronaldo has actually made in the new season have actually spruced up an old dispute about whether he is a better player than Messi.

The conversation has actually focused on a specific set of statistics, particularly, goals. To the extent that the information can assist us to danger an educated guess about player performance, Messi is the better of the two at club and international levels.


Nevertheless if goals are utilized as the criteria to compare gamers it is not adequate to look just at the variety of goals scored. You also need to break down the conversion rate into such things as whether the shots are from inside or outside the area, the goal expectation i.e. whether a typical player would score offered the possibility provided and the quality of the opponents.


The findings of a current mathematical research study were released in the Washington Post which revealed that in 2009 to 2013 Messi’s average opportunity quality (i.e. quality of possibilities produced) was higher than Ronaldo’s. Ronaldo had more shots however were mainly from far away and he only scored 30 goals from 587 such shots whereas Messi scored 28 objectives from his 287 long distance shots. Messi was more effective since a greater percentage of his shots were converted i.e. 9.75 % to 5.11 %.

The study discovered that Messi is better at entering goal-scoring positions considering that he had 29 danger zone shots (from inside the location) to Ronaldo’s 20.

Messi is likewise a much better finisher. In the duration 2009/10 through 2013/14 Messi balanced 40 % more goals than expected objectives compared to Ronaldo’s 20 % (see WASHINGTON POST – In spite of fantastic season, Cristiano Ronaldo is not better than Lionel Messi; by Michael Caley, November 7, 2014).

Last season Ronaldo broke the standard and outscored Messi. This propelled him to win the Ballon d’Or in 2013. However this has to be looked at in light of that Messi missed out on a part of the year through injury when he resumed playing he nearly caught up with Ronaldo’s tally of 31 by scoring 28 by the end of the 2013/14 season.

Likewise, in the existing season Ronaldo has actually made a fantastic start by scoring 12 non-penalty goals to Messi’s 7. A plausible explanation for this is not that Ronaldo is now a better player however it is attributed to the altering roles of both gamers at their particular clubs.

With the addition of Neymar and Luis Suarez on the flanks of Barcelona’s 4-3-3 formation Messi now plays a deep-lying playmaking function which has resulted in his objectives trending down while his aids are going up. His objectives per game fell from little under 1.50 in the season 2012/13 to 0.86 in 2014/15 while his helps in 2013/14 was little bit under 0.50 and rose to 0.86 in the current season.

At Real Madrid the trend was the opposite. With the current addition of Gareth Bale and James Rodriques in the midfield Ronaldo is now more of a striker and less concentrated on distribution. He now takes more shots from inside the penalty area and in the present season his 12 non-penalty goals except for 2 were from inside the box. His objectives per video game rose from 1.00 in 2013/14 to 2.20 in 2014/15 while his aids in the same period fell from 0.25 to 0.17 (ESPN FC GLOBAL- Realigning Stars: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo face changing roles; by Michael Cox, October 23, 2014).


Messi has a much better strike rate than Ronaldo. The perpetuity stats for all competitions reveal that Messi has 44 goals from 95 caps (0.46 goals per game) whereas Ronaldo has 51 from 116 caps (0.43 goals per video game) (INTERNATIONAL STATS – November 8, 2014).

World Cup – Messi also exceeds Ronaldo with 5 goals from 15 caps (0.33 objectives per video game) to Ronaldo’s 3 objectives from 13 caps (0.23 goals per game) (INTERNATIONAL STATS and so on).

Messi’s record is very impressive. In 2014 he led Argentina to the last, was voted Guy of the Match in 4 games (the most of any player in the competitors) and won the Golden Boot as the very best player of the competition.

Contrary to exactly what some critics say he was the most deserving of the latter award. He had one of the most impact on the competition as Argentina would not have advanced to the last without him. He was the joint highest objective scorer with 4 goals and helps, created the most possibilities, had the most successful dribbling runs, made the most shipments into the box and produced the most through balls of any player.

On the other hand, Ronaldo has a sorry record. He has actually just scored thrice and versus weak opposition, specifically, a penalty versus Iran (2006), the sixth objective in a 7-0 win against North Korea in 2010 and a late goal against Ghana in 2014. In the last tournament his only genuine contribution was an assist versus the USA.


Messi has more career goals for club and nation. He has an overall of 420 goals in 564 video games (or 0.74 objectives per game) while Ronaldo has 449 goals in 702 games (or 0.63 goals per game).

The important distinction is that the Argentine has more video game changing goals and against more powerful opposition. His objectives are directly connected with winning titles in La Liga, Champions League triumphes, Olympic gold medal matches and Youth and Club World Cups.

For instance, as at March 24, 2014 for Barcelona he has actually scored against the best groups particularly, 21 versus Real Madrid (Barcelona’s fiercest rival), 20 against league champ Atletico Madrid and 18 versus Sevilla (most effective club in Andalusia). In the Champions League he has 12 versus German teams, 8 versus English groups and 5 versus Italian teams. And in the World Cup 2014 he scored 4 match winning goals.

Ronaldo on the other hand has actually cannot score in decisive matches and succeeded in scoring multiple objectives versus weak teams not only with his club but with his country. For instance, in the English Premier League for Manchester United he just scored 2 goals in 9 video games versus Liverpool (United’s fiercest rival) and scored 1 objective in 15 video games versus stalwart Chelsea.

In the Champions League for United he cannot net in his first 26 video games and although he scored in the last in 2014 for Real Madrid he had little impact in the other last in which he played in 2009 in a 2-0 loss to Barcelona.

In Spain in his very first 9 video games versus Barcelona (Real Madrid’s main competitor) he scored simply 3 objectives.

In the World Cup he has a sorry record which was talked about above and in the European Championship he has 6 goals versus minnows Greece, the Czech Republic and a weak Holland team and underperforms against strong groups like Germany and Spain.

All in all the statistics show that Messi is the better gamer because he is much better at getting into goal scoring positions, is a better finisher and is a more effective objective scorer. Messi has an age benefit due to the fact that he is 27 and Ronaldo is 29 and though it is likely that both will still be playing for a couple of more years the Argentine will have more time than Ronaldo to extend his record of accomplishments. In the meantime the dispute goes on. See more info about soccer at, most complete soccer website news.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *