Unarguably the two greatest players of their generation by some distance, unarguably two of the greatest players in history, and to many, the greatest of all time, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have forged a rivalry which is unparalleled in any other sport and probably in any other field.
The pair have dominated football totally for so long, changing the entire landscape of the beautiful game that imagining the footballing world without them in near on impossible.
Records have been set, broken and reset almost at will, while personal accolades and trophies have been achieved such that by the time they retire, a museum might have to be made to contain all their titles (although Cristiano already has a museum in his honor).
The competition between both men has been so intense that it has spawned a website dedicated to just the stats and records of the pair, while they have a set of feverishly dedicated fans running into their hundreds of millions (almost on an equal number) around the world who believe their preferred player is the better of the two.
A recurring (rather annoyingly) trend across social media and internet pages on football posts (even unrelated ones) over the last decade has been arguments between fans over who the better player is, with neither set agreeing that the other party is right, backing up their arguments with sound logic and facts that vindicate their claim.
It might be nigh on impossible to decide who the better player is and for this reason, the more logical fans of each player have settled on the consensus that Lionel Messi is the better creator, playmaker and more naturally gifted, while Ronaldo is the more driven, dedicated and better goalscorer of the two.
While Cristiano Ronaldo is unarguably one of the greatest goalscorers in the history of the game and this writer takes nothing away from his goal-scoring feats, it is out-rightly preposterous to suggest that he is a better goalscorer that Lionel Messi.
In this piece, we shall be taking a look at five facts that show Lionel Messi is a better goalscorer than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Note - All stats correct as of 03 Feb 2019
#5 He has a better goal-per-game ratio
While Ronaldo might have scored more official goals than Lionel Messi (677 to 646), this overlooks the critical fact that the Portuguese had a head-start of almost two years on Lionel Messi and more consequentially, has played more matches than the Argentine.
Lionel Messi has made 792 official appearances for Blaugrana and Argentina throughout his career, which entails that his 646 goals have come at an astonishing ratio of 0.81 goals per game.
By contrast, Ronaldo's 677 goals have come in exactly 945 official matches for club and country, which means he has scored 0.71 goals per game for club and country throughout his career.
While both men's goal ratios are extremely impressive, the fact that Messi has a better ratio of about 10 goals every 100 matches than Ronaldo, shows that he has been a more consistent goalscorer than the Juventus man throughout his career.